The FUNNEST way to get to Weirs Beach is to come by boat.
Board the M/S Mount Washington in Center Harbor, Wolfeboro, or Meredith and take a relaxing cruise to Weirs Beach. You can also drive your own boat, or a rental boat, to the public docks in Weirs Beach, where there is ample boat docking space.
Click here to enlarge this circa 1960 postcard of the Mount approaching Weirs Beach, and to see many photos of the Mount approaching Wolfeboro, Center Harbor, and Alton Bay, as well. Click here to see a postcard of the same approach to Weirs Beach in the late 1920’s
HISTORY OF THE PUBLIC DOCKS
In the 1947 aerial above, although the train station and wharf had been rebuilt, the public docks were still waiting for reconstruction, following the disastrous 1939 fire which destroyed the original Mount Washington. In the late 1940s the docks were finally rebuilt. Around 1957 a footbridge (see the photo below) was added to the public docks, but they still had not been extended southward towards the beach. The footbridge expanded the available docking space considerably, by allowing boats to pass underneath and park in the shallow interior enclosure of the public docks. On October 27, 1958, the Laconia City Council authorized funds for construction of “Marina type docking facilities”, where “…boats could dock or leave at will without disturbing other craft, as is the case sometimes in the old style arrangments.” By the summer of 1959, the docks had been extended south another 120 feet towards the beach, providing space for “eight cruisers and a number of smaller boats.” Click here for a photo montage of the public docks in the 1950s.
Today, the docks are considered inadequate. Boats are much larger than they were in the 1950s, and the docking bays are not spread apart enough to prevent trapping. Also, the interior closure is now too shallow for docking.
Above, the docks after footbridge was added, but before they were extended. Below, an August, 1952 photo, before the footbridge was added.
Below, a photo from August 1973 shows the footbridge; while several B&M railroad “Budd Rail Diesel Cars” pay a visit to Weirs Beach.