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