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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- Christmas at The Fells: Deck the Halls Preview Party on Friday 07 November 2014
- Ugandan Orphans Choir on Saturday 08 November 2014
- Keene Art Tour on Sunday 09 November 2014
Our program of “History Weekends” debuted this weekend with a look at the past, present and future of New Hampshire water power. Many thanks to Moderator, Howard Mansfield, who solicited the help of Chick Colony and Bob King for an informed, fascinating look at how the need for water power shaped our lives and reshaped the landscape.
It is always such a pleasure to see guests arrive at the party - in this case a wedding party – in their finery.
A very nice piece in the Boston Globe today by reporter James Reed about Hancock, New Hampshire. Writes James: “It’s exactly how non-natives imagine small-town New England in all its sleepy wonder and bucolic surroundings.” Thank you, James.
Saturday, October 4th A History Weekend at The Hancock Inn Moderated by Howard Mansfield Once upon a time, water in New Hampshire was hoarded. Nearly every pond, lake, river, and brook was altered. Dams were built, swamps and pastures were flooded. The “unspoiled” lakes, beloved by summer visitors today, and the “pristine” ponds in nature sanctuaries, have a hidden industrial past. They were reservoirs. Impounded water was the coal heap…