Travel back in time
What do bricks, skiing, and lake home building have in common? They all helped shape the fascinating story behind Meredith Bay.
Colonized by early settlers, this mountain on the shore of New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee became a hub for brick production during the Industrial Revolution, and was affectionately dubbed “The Old Brickyard.” Many of the mills in the area that are still standing today were built using bricks made here.
Following the brick boom, the area remained surprisingly undiscovered until the 1970’s, when the Shangri-La Hotel and one ski slope were developed to create the Brickyard Ski Mountain. Eventually, six lighted trails, one chair lift, and a rope tow enabled skiing day and night. The hotel was renamed The Brickyard Inn before burning down in the 1980’s; portions of the original chimney are still visible.
It wasn’t until 2003 that development began anew. Atom Contracting acquired the ski area along with the adjacent land, including Look Off Rock, home of the old Look Off Rock Motel. Development of the marina and private beach club began, along with the single-family homesites atop the mountain.
In 2006, Southworth Development, LLC of Newton, Massachusetts partnered with the Atom family to continue development of what was originally called Akwa Soleil. In 2007, Southworth purchased a half interest in Meredith Bay, becoming the community’s developer and managing partner.