Our Town


Peterborough is a vibrant town of 6,100 residents located along the Contoocook River and Nubanusit Brook in the Monadnock region of southwestern New Hampshire, known for its natural beauty and emphasis on the out-of-doors.

Often referred to as having "postcard charm", our town has a thriving center featuring small shops, businesses, restaurants, art galleries, a grocer, an organic market, churches, banks, the oldest public library, an historical society, and a museum of world cultures.

Education and culture are an important part of life in our community. The town is home to the renowned MacDowell Colony, which celebrated its 100th anniversary last year; and Peterborough Players, the oldest operating summer theater in the country.

Peterborough is surrounded by mountains and over 200 lakes and rivers, and prides itself on a strong commitment to its natural resources and to the arts community that thrives here.


Area Events and Resources

Peterborough Folk Music Society

Monadnock Folklore Society

Monadnock Center for History and Culture

First Friday Open Stage at Peterborough UU Church

Mariposa Museum

Monadnock Music

Electric Earth Concerts

Monadnock Chorus

Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music

Colonial Theatre - Keene

Redfern Arts Center - Keene State College

Peterborough Players

Andy's Summer Playhouse

Monadnock Summer Lyceum

Amos Fortune Forum

MacDowell Colony Medal Day

Monadnock Art / Friends of the Dublin Art Colony

Sharon Arts Center