Sugar Hill N.H. Treasures uncovered...Bette Davis Butternut Farm.

Managing Real Estate Broker with Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., NHRE# 02863


Sugar Hill New HampshireBette Davis’s Butternut Farm.

In the late 1930’s Ms. Davis purchased a small farm, and had a barn dismantled in Vermont and moved…to create a beautiful home away from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood. This is where she went between pictures to recharge and relax in a small quaint community in the White Mountains.

Not only did she love the area but at one time she found love in the White Mountains. The story goes she was hiking along the Bridal Veil Falls path, when she became lost in the woods.                An employee of a local Inn name Arthur Farnsworth guider her back to the trail, and befriended Ms. Davis. Shortly after the rescue they were married (New Years Eve 1940). Tragically Arthur Farnsworth died after a fall resulting in a fractured skull three years later. There is a plaque mounted on a boulder near the site of their first meeting, and it can be seen if you are hiking along the Copper Mine Brook to this day.

A lasting Tribute can be seen in the Town of Sugar Hill NH. Bette Davis had brought a Piano from New York that remained in the Butternut Farm house until the 1960’s  when it was given to the town and has been used by the North Country Players for the local play house and performances over the years.

In 2000 a New York man  purchased the Estate and has since made extensive repairs to Butternut Farm.

If only the walls could talk, there would be a lot of history to tell in that old farm house.

I hope you enjoyed a look back at some of the small towns and famous people that made things interesting over the years in Northern New Hampshire.


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Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
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Steve, interesting story about Bette Davis...never new any of this.  Would love to have been a fly on the wall in that house!

Jan 11, 2010 05:12 AM #1
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Nick, The husband of less than three years who died of a head injury was cause for some speculation. Aside from that the Bridal Veils Fall Hike is one of the nicest little paths around, it follows the cool mountain stream for a couple of miles until you come upon the falls.

Jan 11, 2010 05:22 AM #2
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Steve...what a pure spot.  Nice to see no house sitting right on top of it!  Thanks for the History lesson!

Jan 11, 2010 06:22 AM #3
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Steve, Betty Davis was an interesting character.  I did not realize that she resided in New Hampshire at one point.

Jan 11, 2010 06:51 AM #4
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

George, this was not her primary residence of course, but she did spend time here in all seasons. When I was doing my research I found photos of Bette..,swimming, hiking in the fall and skiing in the winter- near her Home in Sugar Hill.


Jan 11, 2010 07:39 AM #5
Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass


What a lovely piece on Bette Davis, an actress from the old screen that I truly admired. I did not know that story about her husband.  Interesting - right there in New Hampshire.


Jan 11, 2010 07:53 AM #6
Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

Steve I'm loving these history factoids you're sharing!  We could learn so much if every Rainer did just one of these!  Thanks!

Jan 11, 2010 10:18 AM #7
Wendy Rulnick
Rulnick Realty, Inc. - Destin, FL
"It's Wendy... It's Sold!"

Steve - Love the history drama!  Love Bette Davis drama! Thanks :)

Jan 11, 2010 11:02 AM #8
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Steve,  What a wonderful story!  Thank you for sharing that with us.  I am a big fan of old movies and of Bette Davis.  I had no idea she lived part time in NH.  And, your photo is just beautiful!

Jan 12, 2010 09:36 AM #9
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Elyse, The Bridal Veil Falls Trail is beautiful, if you ever have the chance...this is a nice hike.

Jan 12, 2010 10:03 AM #10
Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Steve.. It is a small world.  One should never take for granted who their neighbors are/were.  I never knew Bette Davis had a home on the east coast.  Thanks for the history lesson.

valerie osterhoudt

Jan 12, 2010 12:38 PM #11
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