Press Release - Joan Veilleux

Ghosts of Mt. Washington:

Maine Guide shares stories at Corner House on Jan. 25th

On Thursday evening, January 25th Joan Veilleux will appear at the Corner House Inn’s Storytelling Dinner program. Joan is a mountain guide and storyteller from Brownfield Maine. In 2003, while working for the AMC, she discovered a love for storytelling. In the evenings at the Highland Center Lodge and on the trail she told stories of the history of Crawford Notch and the White Mountains.

Since then Joan has presented on numerous occasions with the Mountain Story Teller's guild, the Appalachian Mountain Club and the US Forest Service at campgrounds, libraries, coffee shops and fundraisers in and around the Mount Washington Valley. For the past 17 years Joan has worked as a mountain guide in all seasons, here in the White Mountains, in the Blue Ridge Mountains and in Acadia National Park. She enjoys telling stories with her clients on and off the trail. Of all these places, Mount Washington is one of her favorite places to climb.

Since 1849, over 150 people have lost their lives on Mount Washington and the surrounding presidential range. In this presentation Joan will tell us with emotion and suspense, the true stories of debutant Lizzie Bourne and climber Ned Green. She will share with us her personal encounters of what may have been their "presence" while climbing the mountain and working as a ranger on the summit. Joan brings us back in time to the 1850s and then into the present world of ice climbing and mountaineering, all in a place she knows and loves. 

Storytelling Dinners are held every Thursday evening from late October through May at the Corner House Inn in Center Sandwich. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm and the cost is only $22.95 per person for dinner, dessert, coffee, a glass of wine and great storytelling entertainment. For more information and reservations contact the Corner House Inn at 284-6219 or online at
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