Commemorative Paver & Bench Program

Old Man of the Mountain Profiler Plaza

The Profile, or Old Man of the Mountain, was one of the best-known natural rock formations in the country. The jagged outline of the Old Man's profile could be viewed by travelers on the road through the notch or from the shore of Profile Lake.

Profiler Plaza Plaque
Plaque at Profiler Plaza Entrance
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On May 3, 2003, the Old Man of the Mountain collapsed sometime during the night hours. A new non-profit organization, the Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund, stepped forward to create a privately-funded monument to the beloved state symbol.

Today, visitors can follow a scenic pathway to Profile Lake and the new Old Man of the Mountain Profiler Plaza. Sculptors Ron Magers and Shelly Bradbury created a series of steel profiler rods which point toward the cliff where the Old Man once stood. When a visitor sights along the edge of one of the rods, the Old Man's profile comes into view.

Engraved granite pavers and benches completed the plaza. With its lakeside setting, surrounded by majestic peaks and breathtaking scenery, the plaza is a beautiful new addition to Franconia Notch State Park's many popular visitor attractions.

Peter Thonis Memorial Donations in honor of Peter Thonis, an avid hiker who loved Franconia Notch.
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Old Man of the Mountain Profiler Plaza