The Hancock Inn, New Hampshire’s Oldest Inn
The Hancock Inn is the oldest inn in New Hampshire and one of the oldest bed and breakfasts in New England. In continuous operation since 1789, it remains true to its origin. The Inn is filled with colonial-style furniture, many antiques from New England, and paintings and curios “of the period.”
The Hancock Inn was built by Noah Wheeler shortly after the town was incorporated. Once upon a time it was one of seven inns in the small village. But, it was the first in the area to offer accommodations along with food and beverages. The Inn became a center of social life after it was purchased by David Patten in 1830. Patten was a state senator and served on the governor’s council. His close friend, Franklin Pierce (then a US Senator) was a frequent guest at the Inn. Pierce went on to become the only President of the United States to hail from New Hampshire!
Today guests can relax and enjoy the historic ambiance in guestrooms with modern amenities. The Inn has central air conditioning and each room has a private bathroom, some with whirlpool tubs and one with a two-person Jacuzzi. A number of rooms have either gas or electric fireplaces. In the winter, you will find guests relaxing in the Tavern and Dining Room, heated by gas fireplaces or wood stove, or in our sitting rooms in front of the wood burning fireplace. In the summer, it's outside on the front porch in one of the rocking chairs observing the small town bustle, or out back in our garden enjoying the flowers and greenery. Current owners, Marcia and Jarvis Coffin, supported by their golden retriever, Potter, and an experienced staff are committed to making you feel welcome and at home in their Inn.
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Sunday, December 15th, is our 3rd Annual Christmas Open House from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Please note that there will be no Brunch or Innkeepers’s Supper served that day.
The Inn will celebrate New Year’s Eve this year with our regular offering of fine dining from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM that includes a couple of menu specials worthy of the evening. BUT THEN we transform the Dining Room for CASINO NIGHT, from 9:00 PM – Midnight, featuring cards and roulette with the help of the people at Seacoast Events – professional dealers, tables and plenty of “Funny Money”…
Jeff Brown and Mary Talbot took over over the Christmas tree farm on top of Norway Hill a fews years ago and started planting. Once upon a time there were thousands of trees growing on the farm, but time took its toll on the place – as time will – and Jeff and Mary inherited a property that needed a restart. Fully grown, floor model trees are still a few…