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Old 09-25-2006, 01:16 PM   #1
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Default Grace Metalious Lake connection

I understand that Grace Metalious, author of Peyton Place, purchased a hotel on the Lake and named it Peyton Place. The business venture failed. Does anyone know where it was or if it is still there, obviously under a different name? The time frame may have been in the late 50's and early 60's. I know she lived in Gilmanton and spent a lot of time in Laconia.
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Down the road a little ways from Waldo Peppers, near the info booth, across the street and up the hill, so to speak or type.
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Default Grace Metallious

In the early 1960's (1961,1962) Grace bought the "Little Cape Codders" cabin colony on the Weirs Boulevard. It was located across the street from the Information Booth. The business was renamed to PEYTON PLACE.

Grace's hangout in Laconia was the cocktail lounge at the Laconia Tavern Hotel. My folks use to like to drop in there for a drink after shopping, and I remember my mother telling me that Grace frequented the place quite often.
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Grace Metalious
September 8, 1924 – February 25, 1964)

Just adding some images to this very very old thread. When she made it so to speak and took up residence in the lakes region it was quite the scandalous time in some folks minds, not sure why. From what little I've read some folks think she was writing about them but have never seen a confirmed story line where you could put the two together. I guess she liked to throw a few back at the Laconia Tavern back in the day. When I was a kid back then I thought Peyton Place might be a cool place to visit, little did I know it was just crumby adult themed TV soap opera. Kinda surprised there is not more gossip about her on the forum. Not that we don't have enough already.


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Before becoming Peyton Place. Driven by it a million times, exaggerated ..... what is it called now?


Grace's hangout back in the day and what ever happened to this place?
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Grace Metalious
September 8, 1924 – February 25, 1964)

Grace's hangout back in the day and what ever happened to this place?

right across from the library in laconia
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In the early 1960's (1961,1962) Grace bought the "Little Cape Codders" cabin colony on the Weirs Boulevard. It was located across the street from the Information Booth. The business was renamed to PEYTON PLACE. Grace's hangout in Laconia was the cocktail lounge at the Laconia Tavern Hotel. My folks use to like to drop in there for a drink after shopping, and I remember my mother telling me that Grace frequented the place quite often.
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Thanks jbolty

Did not know the old place was still there. Would have bet money that it was lost to urban development in the late 60's
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Is still at the corner of Main and Church Street. It was a grand hotel with a bar and restaurant. President Eisenhower stayed here a number of times.
Back in the 50's the restaurant was a popular spot among the locals. Faintly recall eating there. Fascinated with the woodwork in the restaurant and lobby area. The rest rooms were elaborate with marble counter tops and turned wood mirrors.
Today the tavern is housing for HUD. When it was redeveloped the sheet rock all the beautiful wood trims and turned wood. I was told be on of the carpenters on the project, it would not take much to return it to her glory.
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Default Peyton Place Motel.

What's left is the motel building. It is now a condo development. Some of the cottages were sold and moved, some demolished.
Can't recall the name. It is on the side opposite Paugus Bay, before you get to the NASWA if you are going to the Weirs.
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What a great old thread to bring back. It was a huge scandal then, those books were just awful so it was said. It's so funny because by today's standards they are nothing.
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In the early 1960's (1961,1962) Grace bought the "Little Cape Codders" cabin colony on the Weirs Boulevard. It was located across the street from the Information Booth. The business was renamed to PEYTON PLACE.
What a terrible idea she had to change the name of the motel to Peyton Place. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve use the expression” It’s a regular Peyton Place.”
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Grace could not even be buried in peace.

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@ BroadHopper Thanks for the replies, things that locals would know.
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What a great old thread to bring back. It was a huge scandal then, those books were just awful so it was said. It's so funny because by today's standards they are nothing.
Funny that just how I remember it ...... a big scandal back in those days everyone would gossip about her and the TV show. As you mentioned today it would be nothing.
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TCM is broadcasting Peyton Place on Tuesday, February 11, at 8 PM. Watch it for yourselves and decide.
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My recollection from a million years ago was not so much that the book was scandalous, more that a few local people in Gilmanton though the characters were thinly them.

We used to say that when you live in a small town you don't buy the local newspaper to find out what's going on. You get it to find out who got caught.
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My recollection from a million years ago was not so much that the book was scandalous, more that a few local people in Gilmanton though the characters were thinly them.

We used to say that when you live in a small town you don't buy the local newspaper to find out what's going on. You get it to find out who got caught.
Exactly what I recall as well and for that very reason she was not welcomed in town in any way shape or form...... if anything she was shunned way.
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Yes, that was what I remember too. I think most authors vaguely write about people they have been in contact with.
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For anyone curious, the motel was not demolished and isn't condos. It still exists and is doing quite well. It was later renamed Top of the Bay, later renamed again to Bay Top Motel, which I own.

The motel was cut into 3 sections and dragged from where 4 seasons is now to its current location. After it was moved, a larger owners quarters was added off the back. It had a flat roof which leaked, so when my family bought the property in 1986, we quickly added a gable roof. Later, a deck was added to the second floor, then glassed in. Then came a pool, a house, and I got a little carried with landscaping the place to make it look like Key West.

It's always weird when I see that old postcard and realize that's actually my home. Quite a history this place has.
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For anyone curious, the motel was not demolished and isn't condos. It still exists and is doing quite well. It was later renamed Top of the Bay, later renamed again to Bay Top Motel, which I own.

The motel was cut into 3 sections and dragged from where 4 seasons is now to its current location. After it was moved, a larger owners quarters was added off the back. It had a flat roof which leaked, so when my family bought the property in 1986, we quickly added a gable roof. Later, a deck was added to the second floor, then glassed in. Then came a pool, a house, and I got a little carried with landscaping the place to make it look like Key West.

It's always weird when I see that old postcard and realize that's actually my home. Quite a history this place has.
Thanks for filling us in on its more recent history ......
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For those that may not know, "Peyton Place" was at first a best selling book in the 1950's. It was so controversial due it subject being a teen girl in a small town who was molested by her father and made pregnant. It also involved a small town doctor who recommended an abortion for the girl. Times being as they were there was a lot of gossip and small town politics along with class themes. The book was made into a major motion picture (Debuted at the Colonial Theater in Laconia) and later an afternoon soap opera that was filmed in Camden Maine.

It caused quite a stir in Gilmanton and the Iron Works and it lasted a long time. When I was around ten (1968) I asked if this was "Peyton Place" while I was in the Iron Works store and vividly recall the dirty looks I received. It really did become a byword for a small town or place or organization with secret scandals. David Halberstam wrote about Grace and her story in his book "The Fifties". She was considered groundbreaking in the cause for Women's Rights but I just think of her as a tragic figure.

The people in Gilmanton treated her badly (and she rubbed her success in their faces) and I believe her husband who was a local school principal ended up losing his job over the affair.

There have been several articles over the years in The Manchester Union Leader-her home town which I believe you can still access.
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For those that may not know, "Peyton Place" was at first a best selling book in the 1950's. It was so controversial due it subject being a teen girl in a small town who was molested by her father and made pregnant. It also involved a small town doctor who recommended an abortion for the girl. Times being as they were there was a lot of gossip and small town politics along with class themes. The book was made into a major motion picture (Debuted at the Colonial Theater in Laconia) and later an afternoon soap opera that was filmed in Camden Maine.

It caused quite a stir in Gilmanton and the Iron Works and it lasted a long time. When I was around ten (1968) I asked if this was "Peyton Place" while I was in the Iron Works store and vividly recall the dirty looks I received. It really did become a byword for a small town or place or organization with secret scandals. David Halberstam wrote about Grace and her story in his book "The Fifties". She was considered groundbreaking in the cause for Women's Rights but I just think of her as a tragic figure.

The people in Gilmanton treated her badly (and she rubbed her success in their faces) and I believe her husband who was a local school principal ended up losing his job over the affair.

There have been several articles over the years in The Manchester Union Leader-her home town which I believe you can still access.
Old Sarge, you didn't happen to serve with Company B 368th Engineers in Gilford between 1987 and 1991? I know a Sergeant (E6) from Gilmanton Iron Works who was with Company B during my time there.
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No, but I did accompany a reserve soldier there for his 1st drill-This would have been 1991-1993 when I was an active duty recruiter.
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