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Shrine to the Caddies Officially on New Hampshire Registry of Historic Places

March 15th, 2021

Concord, NH – Built in 1958, The Our Lady of the Fairways Shrine in Bethlehem, New Hampshire commemorates generations of golf caddies who attended camps in New England.  The New Hampshire State Registry of Historic Places now recognizes the shrine as an official historical site for the Granite State.
 
Located near The Maplewood Golf Club, the shrine’s design includes a marble Madonna statue set into a brick grotto.  In 2015, a caddie camp alumni reunion committee installed a plaque at the site, reading, “To the traveler along this way … to the weary who would pause along the way to rest … to the family or group or party that would linger to rest and pray … to any and all … this roadside haven is dedicated with the hope that its beauty and serenity shall be as a warm handclasp of a friend to a friend.”
 
With its proximity so close, The Maplewood Golf Club staff has been highly involved in maintaining the shrine over the years.  The Maplewood General Manager, Trevor Howard commented saying, “The Our Lady of the Fairways Shrine has strong ties to the Maplewood Golf Club, and we are very excited to hear that the State of New Hampshire is recognizing the shrine as a historic site.”
 
“Hundreds of former caddies and generations of their families come to the shrine and to the Maplewood every summer,” continued Howard.  “We understand the importance the caddy camp had in these people’s lives and now their shrine will be protected forever!”
 
New Hampshire Golf Association Executive Director, Matt Schmidt commented on the historical significance the shrine has saying, “This is a truly unique piece of golf history and represents the countless contributions that caddies have had on the game both in New Hampshire and around the globe.  The shrine adds to the already rich golf history in the Granite State.”
 
Those looking to visit the newly recognized historic site can find it along Route 302 in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, near The Maplewood Golf Club.