Wentworth by the Sea
More Photos of the Smith
New Castle, NH
In writing a book about the
first 130 years of Wentworth-by-the-Sea, I
talked to about 100 people. Most had fond memories of Jim and
Margaret Smith who owned and managed the summer resort from 1946 to
1980. Condensing those 34 years into a single chapter was no easy
task. Quickly it became clear that a whole book just about the Smith Era is needed. Having studied the
hotel daily for a solid year, I may not be the one to attempt that
task. Time will tell.
Most of us are amazed just to see the Wentworth up and running
again after its 20-year nap. That activity has regenerated tales of
the Smiths and, although the book is written and in the hands of the
publisher, I am still besieged by tales of the Smiths.
To keep those enthusiasts at bay, SeacoastNH.com offers a
photographic appetizer. Following are roughly 20 pictures, many of
which appear in the book, some of which do not. All are from the
Portsmouth Athenaeum archive bequeathed to the Friends of the
Wentworth by Jim and Margaret before their deaths in the 1990s. They
show a vital couple in a small seacoast Camelot in a very different
time not so long ago. Enjoy. --- JDR
Smith Era Wentworth Hotel Scrapbook 1946 to 1980
The hotel at night circa 1950 by Douglas
Major. James Barker Smith after the war, woner
of the Wentworth.
Margaret Tasker Smith on the job as manager.
Thomas E. Dewey signs in during 1948 Governor's
The Smiths at their weekly hoedown in the
Fashion show in the old (now gone) Colonial
Tennis pro Wadleigh Woods worked all 34
The Smiths at the Miami hotelthe managed
in the 1950s
Ready for the masquerade Ball with Jim Jr.
The "modern" look during the Smith's
The family at the hotel pool in Florida
Symbols of bygone days in the Wentworth Men's
A friendly little card game among hotel
The Tally-Ho coach survived from the late
Swinging the night away at
The hotel sketch artist at work.
Prince Charles pays a
visit at the 1973hotel
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