Historic Markers Around Peterborough

May has come like a breath of fresh air with warmer weather and (sometimes) no snow. As the temps ine New England are finding a comfortable 60s on sunny days, we decided to go out and enjoy the warmer weather while also learning about Peterborough. In a previous blog we went on the Our Town historical tour, so today we’ve decided to visit the historical markers in Peterborough.

Downtown has a plethora of historical markers, both state and town recognized. On Grove Street, the Peterborough Post Office and Town House are considered historical state sites.

Brick post office with stone stairs

The Peterborough Post office is right down the street from the town hall!

Built in 1935, the Peterborough Post Office in downtown Peterborough has been servicing the area for almost 100 years.

Brick building with a bell tower serves as the town hall.

Home to many events, the historic Peterborough Town Hall is an iconic image.

The Peterborough Town House has a long history – as we discussed briefly in the Our Town Walking Tour blog – and remains a signature landmark of downtown. Built in 1918, the town house sees many folks for all sorts of local events and meetings.

Brick church with a clear blue sky

The Unitarian Universalist Church located on Grove Street is home to some beautiful stained glass inside.

Then of course there’s the Unitarian Universalist Church on Main Street, right across from the town house. One of the older buildings that is still in use today, the Unitarian church was built around 1825.

Gray stone church with circular window

All Saints Church is another beautiful piece of historic architecture in town.

Have you ever seen this gorgeous stone church from Concord Street and wondered about it? All Saints Church is another state recognized site. Built in 1914, the church holds not only historical value but a personal memorial for the first husband of Mrs. Schofield, whom funded the building.

 

Green Historic marker sign for MacDowell Graves

Just down the road from the MacDowell Colony the founders make their final rest.

Just down a way from MacDowell Colony is the MacDowell Graves, where founders Edward and Marian MacDowell are buried. The sign is visible from the road, but walking up the steps takes you into a grotto where Mr. & Mrs. MacDowell rest surrounded by nature.

Green historic marker sign for Settler's Rock

If you’ve ever wondered about some of Peterborough’s origins, here’s where to start!

Heading toward Jaffrey brings you to another historical marker. Settler’s Rock is right next to Noone Falls, It’s here that one of the founders of Peterborough rested overnight with his traveling companion, using the rock to shelter them.

Green historic marker for Revolutionary War Drummer

One of the oldest burial sites in town is the final resting place of many revolutionary war veterans.

Like much of New England, Peterborough is no stranger to the Revolutionary War, having been incorporated in 1760. Revolutionary War Drummer William Diamond’s grave is just a couple minute drive from the inn. Buried in one of the oldest cemeteries in town, many Revolutionary War veterans can be found here.

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