The Monadnocks and Merrimack Valley: Places to Explore

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  • Charlestown

    Charlestown has the state's largest historic district. About 60 homes, handsome examples of Federal, Greek Revival, and Gothic Revival architecture, are clustered about the town center; 10 of them...

  • Concord

    New Hampshire's capital (population 42,000) is a quiet town that tends to the state's business but little else—the sidewalks roll up promptly at 6. Stop in town to get a glimpse of New...

  • Henniker

    Governor Wentworth, New Hampshire's first Royal Governor, named this town in honor of his friend John Henniker, a London merchant and member of the British Parliament (residents delight in their...

  • Hillsborough

    Hillsborough comprises four villages, the most prominent of which lies along the Contoocook River and grew up around a thriving woolen and hosiery industry in the mid-1800s. The town is home to...

  • Jaffrey Center

    Novelist Willa Cather came to Jaffrey Center in 1919 and stayed in the Shattuck Inn, which now stands empty on Dublin Road. Not far from here, she pitched the tent in which she wrote several...

  • Keene

    Keene is the largest city in the state's southwest corner. Its rapidly gentrifying main street, with several engaging boutiques and cafés, is America's widest (132 feet). Each year, on the...

  • Manchester

    Manchester, with 108,000-plus residents, is New Hampshire's largest city. The town grew up around the Amoskeag Falls on the Merrimack River, which fueled small textile mills through the 1700s. By...

  • Nashua

    Once a prosperous manufacturing town that drew thousands of immigrant workers in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Nashua declined following World War II, as many factories shut down or moved to...

  • Peterborough

    Thornton Wilder's play Our Town was based on Peterborough. The nation's first free public library opened here in 1833. The town, which was the first in the region to be incorporated (1760), is still...

  • Walpole

    Walpole possesses one of the state's most perfect town greens. Bordered by Elm and Washington streets, it's surrounded by homes built about 1790, when the townsfolk constructed a canal around the...

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