Seniors Explore Tilton


Senior travelers will find Tilton located on the Winnipesaukee River in central New Hampshire with a population of around 4,000. It was settled in 1762 and became a town called Tilton in 1869.

The name “Tilton” was chosen at the suggestion of Charles E. Tilton, the fourth generation descended from the original settler. He made a considerable fortune in the 1849 California Gold Rush. He donated many statues to the town, including the Tilton Arch, and his estate is now part of the Tilton School, a private preparatory school..

He was the town’s wealthiest citizen and it was written that his “magnificent gifts to and the pride of his native village have done much to render this place one of the most beautiful and attractive in the country.”


Mr. Tilton asked that the name be given, not for himself, but for his ancestors and he erected the Arch as a tribute to the memory and appreciation of his ancestors. The arch is located on a hill rising 150 feet above the Winnipesaukee River where it commands a varied and extensive view. The Arch is 55 feet high by 40 feet wide.

 Seniors Find Historic Places In Tilton


A beautifully carved marble figure of an Indian Princess, America stands tall on a brick pedestal in the middle of Main Street in front of Town Hall. For a small town, Tilton has its share of historical markers that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Senior visitors can enjoy The Charles E. Tilton Mansion, The House by the Side of the Road, Lochmere Archeological District, Tilton Downtown Historic District, and the Tilton Island Park Bridge. 

Tilton, New Hampshire is loaded with scenery and history. I’d want to put Caboose Village on my bucket list.  There are a host of colorful caboose cars all lined up on a rail in their original colors.

Seniors Find Well Known Outlet Stores


The Tilton Island Park, in the Winnipesaukee River, at first a very small island, was enlarged with fill from the construction of the railroad and the rebuilding of a mill canal. It was used as a drying place for cloth, and as a vegetable garden before its purchase in 1865 by Charles E. Tilton.

He converted it into an attractive park. The original Victorian summerhouse and statuary that once graced the Island are gone, but a new gazebo was donated as part of the rehabilitation of the Island.


Tilton is well known as home to the Tanger Outlets, a Shopping-mall chain featuring a variety of brand-name & designer outlet stores. Senior shoppers can find The J Jill Distribution Center chain that features womenswear for stylish, casual clothing.

Just Maple carries all kinds of products made from maple tree sap like maple candy, maple syrup, maple cream, cotton candy, maple apple butter, maple nuts and kettle corn.  Seniors, enjoy Tilton for yourself. -jeb

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