Known first as a roadside stand in Lincoln, New Hampshire in 1928, Clark’s Trading Post has thrilled and won over the hearts of visitors for more than half a century. This attraction features trained bear shows, a variety of amusements, several historical museums, delicious snacks and restaurants and much more! Take a stroll through the old town center, visit the quaint shops and simply feel yourself transported back in time.
Bears? Oh my!
Clark’s Trading Post features a trained bear show that showcases some of the region‘s finest and most intelligent black bears. The shows began in 1949 when brothers Edward M. and W. Murray Clark decided to show the public their trained bears. They insist that every performance is unique and that the bears sense and react to the energy of those who watch them perform. The bears perform several tricks that are sure to amaze you. The bears Mishka and Tula are special favorites as they came to the post together when they were just cubs back in 2010.
Take a ride on an authentic locomotive!
The White Mountain Central Railroad takes passengers along a 25-minute, two and a half mile trek into the woods on an authentic, wood-burning, steam-powered, Climax locomotive. Once on the train you will travel across the scenic Pemigewasset River, over a covered bridge from 1904, and deep into the heart of Wolfman’s territory… Who is Wolfman? Well Wolfman is a disgruntled old miner who sometimes tries to halt the train on its way around the tracks. The Wolfman doesn’t want anyone to discover his secret mining operation, especially foreign visitors!
Turn your world upside down at Merlin’s Mansion
This cooky, strange and physics defying house features a variety of optical illusions and architectural wonders all packed in and positioned over one of the most mysterious and unique gravity points in the state! Merlin’s Mansion is not for those with motion sickness, epilepsy or fears associated with small, dark spaces.
Clark’s Trading Post also features live circus performances, a rustic, whacky Tuttle’s House, a Segway Safari adventure, Blaster Boats and so much more!
What kinds of museums do they have?
Clark’s Trading Post includes many interesting museums:
- Clark History Museum – This features the history of Clark’s Trading Post and the Clark family
- Americana Museum – This showcases collections of American historic items including steam and gas engines, early household appliances, advertising and products
- 1884 Pemigewasset Hook and Ladder Fire Station –This museum shows horse-drawn fire engines, wagons and firefighting equipment
- Florence Murray Museum – This features antique games, guns, swords, souvenir china, typewriters, railroad memorabilia
- Avery’s Garage – This is a replica gas station with early motoring memorabilia, vintage motorcycles and antique automobiles
Where should I stay?
There are always Lodging and Accommodations in and around Lincoln, or you could find lodging in one of the more bustling nearby cities. For adventurous types, New Hampshire is home to a variety of Campgrounds to visit, stay at and explore.