With the collapse of the Old Man of the Mountain on May 3, 2003, New Hampshire lost a beloved icon. In the 11 years since that day, friends of the Old Man from throughout the Granite State and beyond have continued to celebrate the strength and spirit of the Profile.
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 large-scale monument that will provide an exciting new visitor attraction and honor the state's much-loved emblem. The first phase of the monument, designed by Ron Magers and Shelly Bradbury, includes seven steel "profilers" that recreate the visage of the Old Man looking over Franconia Notch. The profilers are part of the Old Man of the Mountain Profile Plaza, dedicated in June 2011. The Legacy Fund continues to work on plans and fundraising for the next phase of the Old Man memorial.
The Legacy Fund also maintains a museum exhibit at Cannon Mountain's Tramway building, and provides traveling displays and lectures for classrooms and group events across the state. Please join us honoring the Old Man of the Mountain.
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.