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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- The Met Live in HD: Les Contes d’Hoffman on Saturday 31 January 2015
- Nature on Tap: The Prickly Truth of Porcupine Courtship on Thursday 05 February 2015
- Music on Norway Pond: New England Conservatory’s Top Honors Ensamble on Sunday 08 March 2015
Online magazine, Thrillist, named The Hancock Inn New Hampshire’s most Iconic Restaurant in an article identifying the most iconic restaurants in all 50 states, plus D.C. Writes Thrillist, “How embedded in New Hampshire’s history is the Hancock? Well, when they first opened their doors, George Washington was in his first year as president, so, you know, pretty embedded.”
Pond ice brings out the inner Hans Brinker in all of us – and the inner New Englander. Down the street, Norway Pond is like glass after an early winter thaw and then a quick freeze. The sound of hockey pucks being slapped on the ice caught our attention and we wandered down. Pick-up pond hockey is an altogether different experience from the indoor version. It’s organic. Nothing artificial. Even the…
The Second Annual New Year’s Eve Casino night is in the record books. Guests were invited to costume-up as a King, Queen or Jack. Jack and the Beanstalk and Queen Anne’s Lace were winners, along with the King (of Rock in roll). Of course.