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July 14, 2009

Curious George gets a new home

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Curious GeorgeIt is a little known fact that “Curious George,” the funny “big city”-dwelling monkey created by Margaret and H.A. Rey in the 1940s, has roots in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, next to what’s now the Waterville Valley ski resort.

The Reys, originally from Germany, spent summers in what’s now known as The Curious George Cottage. The nonprofit Margret and H.A. Rey Center runs educational programs, nature walks and events (including a weekend Curious George Family Festival at Waterville Valley, Aug. 7-9; rates at the resort from $56 per person including activities).

And George now has his own visitors’ center too in Waterville Valley’s Town Square, just opened and featuring hands-on exhibits so visitors can satisfy their own curiosity and even try drawing in the style of H.A. visitors can read the seven “Curious George” books and watch videos including from the PBS series the books inspired. The official dedication of the new space takes place on July 25.

The Valley is also home to the oldest hiking trail system in the U.S., among other summertime attractions, sure to satisfy even the curious among us.

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