A little about Peterborough
Not too many small towns are home to two theater groups, or, for that matter, The MacDowell Colony, the country's oldest artists retreat. We were featured in Thorton Wilder's play "Our Town" because of our well-manicured landscaping, original architecture and parks and river. Long a haven for artists, composers and authors, Peterborough has a comfortable feel for visitors and unique atmosphere for the creative to create and share.
The history of Peterborough
Granted by Massachusetts in 1737, it was first permanently settled in 1749. The town suffered several attacks during the French and Indian War. Nevertheless, by 1759, there were fifty families settled. Incorporated on January 17, 1760 by Governor Benning Wentworth, it was named after Lieutenant Peter Prescott (1709–1784) of Concord, Massachusetts, a prominent land speculator. The Contoocook River and Nubanusit Brook offered numerous sites for watermills, and Peterborough became a prosperous mill town. In 1810, the first cotton factory was established. By 1859, when the population was 2,222, there were four additional cotton factories, plus a woolen mill. Other industries included two paper mills, an iron foundry, a machine shop, a carriage factory, a basket manufacturer, a maker of trusses and supporters, a boot and shoe factory, seven sawmills, and three gristmills.
10 Wilton Rd
Peterborough, New Hampshire
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Businesses in Peterborough, New Hampshire
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Peterborough Art Academy & Gallery
Instruction, Art Supplies and Contemporary Art Gallery.
Crotched Mountain Ski & Ride
Museums / Attractions
Crotched Mountain is one of the most distinctive ski areas
Lee & Mt. Fuji at the Boiler House
The finest in Chinese and Japanese cuisine
Hidden Treasures of New Hampshire
Antiques, vintage goods, toys and collectibles