Located less than twenty miles west of both Nashua
and Manchester, Peterborough
New Hampshire was founded by farmers in the early 18th century. It remains a
rural and agricultural town, but boasts numerous Peterborough attractions that
make it a wonderful place for New
In fact, some of the Peterborough attractions are actually local farms.
Many of these provide things to do in Peterborough New Hampshire by allowing
you to pick your own apples, pumpkins, or other fruit. Some actually serve as
A few miles away in the little hamlet of Troy is East Hill Farm. It opened in
1854, and has been accepting vacationers almost from the beginning. It’s a working
farm with all the typical farm animals. You can pitch in with the daily chores
or take advantage of skiing at the ski resort of nearby Mount Monadnock. The
farm offers a variety of lodging in cabins
and the main inn.
Like many New England towns, Peterborough New Hampshire once had thriving mills. While most of these historic structures have disappeared, others have been converted into shops, studios, and pleasant dining venues. Like other abolitionist communities, the town also was a link in the Underground Railroad, and Frederick Douglas spoke in one of the churches in 1850s. You’ll find the oldest tax supported free library her, founded in 1833.
History is also alive at the MacDowell Colony, one of the Peterborough attractions drawing visitors as well as respected artists. Founded in 1907, it is the oldest artists colony in the country. Luminaries like Thornton Wilder (who wrote the classic American play “Our Town” while staying here), Aaron Copeland, Studs Terkel, Willa Cather, and many others came here for inspiration. Hundreds of modern artists spend time here in 32 fully equipped studios nestled in secluded spots on the 450-acre property. The play “Our Town” was first shown at the Players Theater, and one of the things to do in Peterborough New Hampshire is attend a performance at this prestigious theater that features Hollywood stars performing in summer stock. In town, you will find many shops, galleries, and art museums exhibiting works by the visiting artists. This artistic heritage also lives on at the oldest basket manufacturer in the country, founded in 1854.
Numerous events relating to the arts are held here, including the May Children and the Arts Day Festival. You could spend an entire day in Peterborough New Hampshire simply exploring the Mariposa Museum. Here world culture is celebrated in a fascinating collection of musical instruments from around the world.
Other things to do in Peterborough New Hampshire include the great outdoors.
The historic town is surrounded by lakes,
rivers, and state parks.
These provide venues for skiing,
hiking, boating, and fishing.
The aptly named Rhododendron State Park boasts a 16-acre grove of rhododendrons,
largest such grove in New England, and acres of beautiful wildflowers that bloom
in turn until the autumn foliage season. Also nearby are Monadnock State Forest
and Miller State Park. Get in some golfing
at the Monadnock Country Club or some skiing on Mount Monadnock.