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When Daniel Webster stood before the Supreme Court, the man who would become one of America's most famous orators rose to speak on behalf of his New Hampshire alma mater, he summed up Dartmouth College by saying,

"It is a small college and yet, there are those who love it!"

Founded by Eleazer Wheelock in 1769 in "the wilderness" of the far-north bank of the Connecticut River, the school was chartered to bring a Christian education to indigenous tribes of the North East. The success of Wheelock's experiment in education can be seen most notably in the writings of Samson Occom. Dartmouth continues to welcome a large number of Native American students, carrying on the original mission and has been home to more Native American students than all the other Ivy League Colleges combined.  Comprised of a top Liberal Arts College, Tuck Business School, Thayer School of Engineering and the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth has grown to become one of the premiere universities in the world.


Daniel Webster's beaver hat sits among the historic artifacts in the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth. Housed in Baker Library, this artifact coincides with the National Historic Landmark Orozco murals of Western Civilization. The first cartoons of Dartmouth alumnus Ted Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) can also be found here in tribute to the man for whom the college medical school is now named.


Dartmouth is in the DNA of The Hanover Inn, carved out of the New England sensibility of another famed former student, Robert Frost. The Inn offers an authentic sense of the place that is Dartmouth with deep, "Dartmouth green" décor and a restaurant named PINE, in honor of the Lone Pine that gathered graduating Dartmouth seniors and is now symbolized in the College Commencement Lectern. The Inn resonates with the classical architecture that surrounds the Dartmouth Green. It echoes the hospitality of the innkeeper who first built lodgings on the current site of The Hanover Inn Dartmouth in 1780.



Things to Do at Dartmouth

Dartmouth Academic Calendar


Dartmouth and the Arts

Immediately adjacent to the Inn and connected by interior walkways are The Hopkins Center for the Performing Arts, the Hood Museum of Art and the Black Family Visual Arts Center. 


Hood Museum of Art is a treasure box of some 65,000 objects that Dartmouth College started collecting in 1772, just three years after its founding. These collections are among the oldest and largest of any college or university in the country and provide extraordinary access to art, both as a teaching museum For Dartmouth College, and as a public museum. The Hood is open and free to the public, welcoming visitors of all ages.The permanent collections of the Hood Museum of Art present art from the ancient cultures of America, Europe, Africa, Papua New Guinea, and many other regions of the world. Across campus, the Museum's Orozco "Epic of American Civilization" mural in Baker Library is now registered as a National Historic Landmark. http://hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu/about/


The Hopkins Center for the Arts and the new Black Family Visual Arts Center are the performing arts heart of Hanover.  The Center is the stage for concerts, film, Live @ The Met screenings, dance and theater performances. The Hop is also home to Dartmouth's multiple performance theater and concert ensembles and hosts a lively Film Society. The Inn regularly accommodates the cast and crew of visiting shows. https://hop.dartmouth.edu/Online/


Dartmouth Outdoor Recreation

Dartmouth is known for its outdoor recreational pursuits, thanks to the Dartmouth Outing Club, which is the oldest outdoors organization of this form in the country. Among the club's top hiking trail recommendations is the Appalachian Trail that passes through Hanover on its 2180-mile span from Georgia to Maine and can be found right outside the Inn's door.  The Dartmouth Boat House offers seasonal swimming and boating on the Connecticut River (1/2 mile away). Additional seasonal Dartmouth outdoor recreational opportunities include:

The Hanover Country Club, was built in 1899 as a 9-hole course measuring a total distance of 2100 yards with its longest hole being 318 yards. In 1995, Ron Prichard, golf architect, known especially for his restoration of Donald Ross courses, modernized the course, creating four new holes and all new tees and greens. The result is a longer (6500 yards), safer, and more challenging course while remaining inviting to golfers of all abilities. Most importantly, Hanover Country Club has maintained the personality that endears it to those who love the game.  http://golf.dartmouth.edu/


The Dartmouth Skiway. First opened in 1957, the Dartmouth Skiway is located only 14 miles from the Hanover Inn. Home to 30 well-groomed trails, three ski lifts, and nearly 100 Dartmouth All-Americans, the Dartmouth Skiway at Winslow Mountain offers 107 skiable acres (62 percent covered by snowmaking) and an estimated 10.25 trail miles of skiing. The summit elevation is 1,943 feet and the tallest vertical drop is 968 feet. Opened on December 15, 1956, the Dartmouth Skiway generally opens mid-December and operates 9 am to 4 pm, seven days a week, through March, except for Christmas. www.dartmouthskiway.com





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