A Walk through Keene's History
Horatio Colony House
Stop for a moment in front of the large yellow house on your right.
This has been the home to many important mill families throughout Keene's history. It is the original home of Abel Blake, son of Nathan Blake. You'll hear about Nathan at the next stop. Abel ran grist and saw mills on the Ashuelot River. He sold the home to blacksmith Elias Joslin in 1833. Elias Joslin's daughter Emeline married Horatio Colony the first and they inherited this house. Horatio's family had started the Faulkner and Colony Mill, which was very important to Keene's economy. You saw the smoke stack from the mill earlier on the tour.
This home is now a museum that is open to tours. The last owner of the home was Horatio Colony the second. He was a author and loved to travel. He left the home to be used as a museum to share his many collections and historic house.
If it's open, feel free to pause the tour and go inside the museum. When you're done, or if you prefer to keep moving now, continue along Main Street towards the traffic circle.