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A little about Peterborough

Not too many small towns are home to two theater groups, or, for that matter, The MacDowell Colony, the country's oldest artists retreat. We were featured in Thorton Wilder's play "Our Town" because of our well-manicured landscaping, original architecture and parks and river. Long a haven for artists, composers and authors, Peterborough has a comfortable feel for visitors and unique atmosphere for the creative to create and share.

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The history of Peterborough

Granted by Massachusetts in 1737, it was first permanently settled in 1749. The town suffered several attacks during the French and Indian War. Nevertheless, by 1759, there were fifty families settled. Incorporated on January 17, 1760 by Governor Benning Wentworth, it was named after Lieutenant Peter Prescott (1709–1784) of Concord, Massachusetts, a prominent land speculator. The Contoocook River and Nubanusit Brook offered numerous sites for watermills, and Peterborough became a prosperous mill town. In 1810, the first cotton factory was established. By 1859, when the population was 2,222, there were four additional cotton factories, plus a woolen mill. Other industries included two paper mills, an iron foundry, a machine shop, a carriage factory, a basket manufacturer, a maker of trusses and supporters, a boot and shoe factory, seven sawmills, and three gristmills.

Contact Information

10 Wilton Rd
Peterborough, New Hampshire

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Businesses in Peterborough, New Hampshire

Here is a collection of downtown Peterborough, New Hampshire businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.


Peterborough Art Academy & Gallery


Instruction, Art Supplies and Contemporary Art Gallery.


Birchwood Inn


Three charming suites and two rooms, all with private baths


Greenfield Inn B & B


Let's sleep in Victorian splendor


Little River Bed & Breakfast


Recently renovated 1870s farmhouse


The Inn at East Hill Farm


An Authentic Farm Vacation


The Lane Hotel


Our boutique hotel combines the best of the past and present


Crotched Mountain Ski & Ride

Museums / Attractions

Crotched Mountain is one of the most distinctive ski areas


Mariposa Museum

Museums / Attractions

Museum of artifacts from around the world


Brady's American Grill


Casual and tasty American favorites


C'est la Vie


French bakery with fresh pastries and take out lunch.


Dodge Farm Antiques


Period Furniture, early ceramics, and collectibles


Lee & Mt. Fuji at the Boiler House


The finest in Chinese and Japanese cuisine




The epitome of home-town dining


Pearl Restaurant & Oyster Bar


Lively and elegant


bowerbird & friends antiques


Reclaiming the past


Hidden Treasures of New Hampshire


Antiques, vintage goods, toys and collectibles


Hobbs Jewelers


A full service jewelry store


Joseph's Coat


Unique items and gifts made by artisans the world over


The Magic Flute Child


All things for children young and young in heart!


Underneath It All


Personal and professional service