Composer Edward MacDowell and his wife, Marian, founded this place in 1907 as an artists' retreat. Willa Cather wrote part of Death Comes for the Archbishop here. Wilder was in residence when he wrote Our Town (Peterborough's resemblance to the play's Grover's Corners is no coincidence). Today, MacDowell is the country's most famous artists' colony, functioning year-round. Emerging and established artists of all genres are awarded fellowships during which
they're given a private cottage in the woods in which to work. Only a small portion of the colony is open to visitors.