With the collapse of the Old Man of the Mountain on May 3, 2003, New Hampshire lost a beloved icon. Since that day, friends of the Old Man from throughout the Granite State and beyond have continued to celebrate the spirit of the Profile.
In Franconia Notch State Park at Exit 34B off Route 93, you will find:
The Old Man of the Mountain Profile Plaza (see below)
The Old Man Gift Shop - more info here
The Old Man of the Mountain Museums with history, photos & stories for New Hampshire's State Symbol! (1 at the Old Man Gift Shop, 1 at the Tramway Base)
The Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund, with the support of hundreds of people, has created the Profile Plaza in Franconia Notch as a lasting monument to honor the Old Man. The Legacy Fund will complete the Plaza and turn it over to the State of New Hampshire in 2015.
What We Do
The Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund is a private, non-profit organization that grew out of the task force appointed by Governor Craig Benson after the collapse of the Old Man of the Mountain on May 3, 2003. The Legacy Fund works in partnership with the NH Division of Parks & Recreation to provide a “lasting legacy of remembrance” for the Old Man of the Mountain.
The Fund’s primary focus is the construction of a monument, designed by Ron Magers and Shelly Bradbury, which provides an exciting new visitor attraction and honors the state’s much-loved emblem. The Old Man of the Mountain Profile Plaza was dedicated in June 2011 and includes seven steel "profilers" that recreate the visage of the Old Man looking over Franconia Notch. The Plaza also includes hundreds of paver stones purchased by friends of the Old Man from throughout the Granite State and far beyond and engraved with personal messages.
The Legacy Fund also maintains an exhibit at Cannon Mountain’s Tramway building and provides traveling displays and lectures for classrooms and group events across the state.
How to Get There
The Old Man of the Mountain Profile Plaza & Historic Site is located at Exit 34B from I-93 (Aerial Tramway Exit). Turn towards the Aerial Tramway and take the first left at the large wooden sign for Old Man of the Mountain. Follow that road to the parking lot. Walk around the Old Man Museum and Gift Shop building (with seasonal restroom facilities) to the right and follow the path down to Profile Lake. There you will find the Profile Plaza.