Forest Society Hosts Virtual Tour of Ongoing Renovations at The Rocks

March 1 Program is Part of Bretzfelder Series

Anne Truslow | January 31, 2023
The Rocks
The Rocks' Carriage Barn under construction with Christmas trees and wreaths for sale out front.

The Carriage Barn at The Rocks was well under construction in November 2022. (Photo: Shanna Hale)

The solar array at The Rocks.
A new solar array at The Rocks was completed in December 2022. (Photo: Shanna Hale)

Wondering what's going on at The Rocks these days? Answer your curiosity by joining Anne Truslow and Nigel Manley for a "virtual tour" of the Forest Society North at The Rocks restoration project in progress on Wednesday, March 1 at 6 PM. Our team has been working tirelessly to renovate and re-envision this beloved and historic White Mountain estate since the fire that destroyed it four years ago. We can't wait to show you the final product coming soon this year. 

This tour and talk will gain you virtual access to the 1,400 acre estate that was donated to the Forest Society in 1978 by descendants of John Jacob Glessner, the 19th century creator. You will get a peek at the 1884 stone Carriage Barn found at the top of Glessner Road which will be turned into a new net-zero program center.  Additionally, marvel at the views of the White Mountains from our new hillside amphitheater that replaced the Tool Buliding and Electric Plant that were lost to the fire in 2019. 


Open beams and construction materials are on view in the upstairs of the Carriage Barn.
The upstairs of the Carriage Barn under construction. The second floor will house Forest Society staff members who serve the North Country. (Photo: Shanna Hale)
The Rocks currently functions as a Christmas Tree farm and houses the NH Maple Museum. At this tour, learn how the renovation will allow the Forest Society to full establish a presence in the North country with a center of operations for land conservation, sustainable forestry, public education and interpretive programs — while creating a spectacular multi-use venue for all kinds of events from quiet hikes to animated community events. 


Anne Truslow is the Vice President for Development at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. She has worked in land and wildlife conservation in New England and beyond for 25 years, but this is her first adventure in building renovation.

Nigel Manley is the Senior Outreach Manager for the Rocks at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. He served as Christmas Tree Farmer and Director of North Country Operations at The Rocks for over 30 years and continues to deliver and develop interpretive programs.

REGISTER: Free! Register on our events page.