The Town of Hancock, New Hampshire
Nestled in the heart of the Monadnock Region, Hancock is a lovely vacation spot in Southwestern NH. Our bed and breakfast is named after the man whose most memorable signature graced the Declaration of Independence.
Founded in 1779, much about the village remains the same today. The “downtown” area is meticulously groomed and maintained. Every building on Main Street is listed on the national Register of Historic Places. Instead of cement sidewalks, there are meandering gravel pathways leading from house to house. Everything is “walkable” here - the country store, the church, the town square, the beach, the grade school.
A short stroll down from the Inn will take you to the red brick Vestry, the white-steepled Meeting House that is home to Paul Revere’s #236 bell - which chimes on the hour, all day and night. Proceeding with your tour, you will come to the town’s original schoolhouse and the local cemetery with its untold tales and hand-carved stones. Your walk will end at Norway Pond where children and adults enjoy swimming and boating during the summer and ice-skating and ice fishing during the winter.
In the summer, weekly concerts are held at the town gazebo - just across from the Vestry.
The Harris Center - a nature preserve - lies about 5 miles from Hancock’s center. There one can find a nature center and trails ranging from “easy” to “difficult.” About a half an hour down the road lies Mount Monadnock. There are numerous trails that ascend to the Summit - this climb is NOT for the faint of heart!
The town of Peterborough is just to the south of Hancock. Peterborough was the model for Thornton Wilder’s play “Our Town.” Today it is home to quaint coffee and gift shops. The MacDowell Colony, the oldest artists' colony in the United States, is located in Peterborough, but is only open one day every year to visitors.