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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ON the heels of our recent wine tasting, we will host a taste of American whiskeys - bourbons and ryes - on Saturday, September 20th, at 5:00 p.m. The tasting will be led by Chuck Cowdery, writer and Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame member. You can learn more about Chuck AND American whiskey at http://chuckcowdery.blogspot.com. The guided tasting with small bites menu is $20 or $35 for two. A limited number of seats are available…
Napa winemaker, Art+Farm was here for a wine tasting dinner this week. Owner, Kat McDonald led a packed house on a tour of both her whites and reds. These are great, very approachable wines: drinkable, affordable, delicious.
Spectators witnessed a back-and-forth match in the Finals of the Inn’s first Croquet Tournament. In the end, Tom Gloudemans and John Guimond triumphed over Rich LeFebvre and Daniel Henderson by the score 4-0.
FOURTEEN teams will compete for our first Croquet Championship that starts this weekend and continues through until the Finals, scheduled for Sunday July 6th. Many thanks to all the participants! Come be part of the gallery, along with the goats next door (who never miss a game). Wear a festive hat. Carry a parasol. Go without socks. Clap, clap, clap.