Monadnock Moments No. 63: The Leffingwell Hotel
Dublin’s famous Leffingwell Hotel was recognized as one of New Hampshire’s outstanding summer hotels in its day. For more than thirty years the hotel prospered, entertaining many famous individuals. The Leffingwell was a centerpiece for Dublin, overlooking the town center from its vantage point just above the village. The hotel was an imposing 3 ½ story structure, with an additional 2 story annex that could accommodate 150 guests.
After 31 years of service to a generation of tourists, the Leffingwell met a sad end in a disastrous fire that the town has never forgotten. In November of 1908, the hotel was closed for the season and under the care of a lone caretaker. On the evening of November 22nd the caretaker went out for supper. While he was away, fire broke out in the Leffingwell’s attic. Townspeople rushed to the scene. But unfortunately Dublin had no fire protection at that time, and the hotel was soon fully engulfed in flames.