Whether you are a resident or a visitor, Keene, New Hampshire has stories to share with you. On this tour, you’ll hear local third grade students from Franklin Elementary School tell you about historic locations here in Keene. The town was settled by Europeans in the 1700s and has artifacts from different centuries. On this tour, you can see homes of historic Keene figures, and the sites where important events have taken place. You'll see colonial burying grounds, churches, the site of a scalping, and numerous beautiful historic homes. This tour will take you on Washington street, down side streets, and to the iconic Main Street. Come learn about influential residents, iconic buildings, notable schools, and much more.
Colonial Theater, Old Jailer's House, Burying Ground, Central Square
The starting point is at 217 Washington Street, Keene, NH. From Main Street, drive north towards Central Square. Exit onto Washington Street and drive a half mile and you will see the elementary school on your right. From route 9 east, take the Keene exit on your right. Drive 1.5 miles, and the school will be on your left. If not during school hours, you can park in the school's parking lot (in front of the school) or on Washington street.
Places to stop along the way:
There are many delicious restaurants along Main Street. Also check out the coffee shops, book stores, boutiques, and gift shops.
Best time of day:
This tour can be done during any time of day. The shops, museums, and churches along the route are typically open during the day, so if you'd like to visit them, go in the morning or afternoon.
Be careful of cars when crossing the street.