Travel & Tourism  Monadnock Region - Currier & Ives Country

Frye's Measure Mill & Gift Shop Wilton, New Hampshire

Explore the Monadnock region of New Hampshire which encompasses the southwestern part of the state. The region is also known as Currier and Ives country, for its rolling hills and picturesque town squares.

From the slope of the hills, to the jagged mountain peak, to the fertile farmland upon which age-old barns stand, to the "Currier and Ives" character of small towns and small town folk, the Southwestern corner of New Hampshire resembles a one-hundred-year-old postcard.

Mount Monadnock in the town of Jaffrey is easily the biggest attraction to this area. One of the world's most climbed mountains, the summit offers a spectacular view of six other states on a clear day. The mountain has 40 miles of trails and an elevation of 3,165 feet. Nearby Pack Monadnock in Temple is lesser known, but offers a ten-mile hike to the top and a 2,000 foot climb in elevation, including a steep climb on the last mile. On a clear day you can see the Boston skyline from the summit.

Rock walls surround properties. Gazebos, churches with white steeples, centuries' old town halls and meeting houses line main streets. Antique shops are sprinkled about. The mill villages of Harrisville, Temple, Stoddard, Wilton and Hillsborough can be found here, almost untouched by the years. The town of Swanzey is home to four of the most picturesque covered bridges in the state. Though you won't find many hotels in the area, you will find more of a country inn atmosphere around here.

And the area has been touched by the arts as well. Here is where you'll find the MacDowell Colony, the nation's oldest artist community, in the town of Peterborough. The colony has nurtured the muse of Mark Twain, Willa Cather and Louisa May Alcott, and the classic Thornton Wilder play "Our Town." Also in Peterborough, you'll discover cultures from around the world at the Mariposa Museum. A short drive away, Keene's Colonial Theatre is a venue for a variety of performances throughout the year, from classical music and film to theatre and comedy.

The Yankee Magazine and the Old Farmer's Almanac are both published in Dublin. The town of Mason is home to Pickity Place, the 1786 cottage that inspired the illustrations in "Little Red Riding Hood," Parker's Maple Barn, known for their delicious maple syrup made the old-fashioned way, and Uncle Sam's boyhood home.

Where will these meandering roads lead you?

Outdoors

Dick Pinney's Guide Lines: How to warm up to ice fishing
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Example blog post alt Brenda Charpentier's Forest Journal: A family's farm grows into a gift
Example blog post alt Cheryl LeBlanc's Nature Vision: Mushrooms
Example blog post alt Stacey Cole's Nature Talks: Can a parakeet survive a New Hampshire winter?

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Covered Bridges

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Attractions

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State Parks and Beaches

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Annett Wayside Park

Historic Markers

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Hinsdale's Auto Pioneer
Keene Glass Industries
Site of Wilder's Chair Factory
Soapstone
Toll House and Toll Gate
Town Meeting House in Greenfield
Barrett House
First Textile Mills
Temple Glass Factory

Waterfalls

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Forests

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