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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Peak into Peterborough, NH

FINALLY – the sun came out today after 2 days of mist and downpours. So we headed towards Peterborough, NH.
Highway collage1015Today was the annual Peak into Peterborough event, which we learned about yesterday during a stop at the local Chamber of Commerce. This little car was parked on the main street.austin mini collageNHPeterborough is Hillsborough County, NH and has a population of 6,284 as of the 2010 census. The town is a popular tourist destination because of its quaint downtown and riverside location.PeterboroNH collage2Peak into Peterborough is a fall foliage tour, day-on-the-town and early holiday shopping experience. It featured town wide events, including a craft show, farmer’s market, hayrides and gallery showings.PeterboroNH collagePeterborough was first permanently settled in 1749. The town suffered several attacks during the French and Indian War. By 1759, there were 50 families living there. Incorporated in 1760 by Governor Benning Wentworth, it was named after a prominent land spectator, Peter Prescott  of Concord, Massachusetts.
PeterboroNH collage3Since the 1930s, Peterborough has called itself “Our Town” since playwright Thornton Wilder used the town as a model for Grover’s Corners, NH in his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Our Town. Wilder wrote the play while in residence at the MacDowell Colony, established by Peterborough resident Marian MacDowell. He reportedly named the fictional location after Peterborough’s main street, Grove Street.

The MacDowell Colony is a residence art colony in Peterborough founded in 1907 by Marian MacDowell, pianist and wife of composer Edward MacDowell. She established the institution and its endowment chiefly with donated funds. The colony has accepted writers, poets, playwrights, artists and composers. An estimated 6,000 artists have been supported in residence, including the winners of at least 61 Pulitzer Prizes
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We spent a wonderful afternoon at this event, enjoyed a dish of homemade soup at the Peterborough Historical Society.
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And, made it back to the car before the rains came – AGAIN.
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16 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

We also have a Peterborough, supposedly named after Peter Robinson, who has supposedly an ancestor of ours. Except that he wasn't ... although I suppose it's possible that his ancestors could also be ours.

Out on the prairie said...

A soggy fall you have found. The soup ws a good choice for the weather. It has stayed nice here, we had one day of rain.

possum said...

Too bad about the rain... but you did have a little break!
Some nice towns up there, aren't they? And imagine, HILLS! And rocks in the garden!
Bring back a nice big rock! We'll have Show and Tell!

thecottagebythecranelakeolof1 said...

It looks like a beautiful town! and I love to learn about the history of the places You visit!

Have a great day!
Christer.

Daisy said...

I'm glad you got to see some sights and do a little touring before the rain returned. Soup looks good!

Lois Evensen said...

It is sooo pretty there! We are missing the fall leaves at home so really appreciate seeing them here.

Hugs,
Lois

A Quiet Corner said...

Great pix! I can only hope my Mini lasts so long! Of course, it will be tucked away in the new garage while I drip my Wrangler in the winter months (YEAH, my alter ego!!!)...:)JP

Don't unplug your hub said...

Lots of English town names around there.

Allison said...

Fall, fall fall! I love these pictures. And now you've got me thinking of soup!

Montanagirl said...

Nice post! The soup looks delicious, and I really like that raindrop picture at the end.

Pat transplanted to MN said...

Glad you are posting photos, it's all I can do to comment where we are on my blog. Beautiful weather down here in NC, the best. Hope you get some dry time in NH

Elaine said...

Good that you had sunshine for the Peak anyway. We had lovely sunshine yesterday but it was a very blustery day.

Eggs In My Pocket said...

What a nice little place to visit! Love the photos! Continue having fun! blessings,Kathleen

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

I'm catching up with your fall jaunt about NH... looks like you finally got some color and I'm glad that you caught some sunshine too.... if only for the day!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Hi Everyone, thanks for your comments. We enjoyed this Saturday outing which thankfully managed to beat the rain that came later in the afternoon.

Yes, the coup was delicious, especially the pumpkin! Glad you enjoyed the outing as much as we did.

Sorry for no individual replies, but the long one I had prepared got timed out and then did not post tonight :-( Seems the extended stay internet connection times out every 24 hours with no advance warning which can be very frustrating....and annoying too.

Country Mouse Studio said...

what a sweet little car and there's nothing like soup on a rainy day :O)

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