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Merrimack Valley offers a view into state's past at historic homes and sites

Panoramic View 500x250 - Canterbury Shaker Village - Canterbury, NH
Canterbury Shaker Village

288 Shaker Road Canterbury, NH, 03224 Phone: 603-783-9511

Discover the two century history of a unique culture and people

Canterbury Shaker Village is a National Historic Landmark and museum nestled among the rolling hills of wooded central New Hampshire. Less than an hour and a half from Boston, twenty minutes from Concord, NH, and just south of the New Hampshire Lakes Region, the Village provides a place for learning, reflection, and renewal of the human spirit through tours, programs, exhibits, research, and publications. With nearly 700 acres of forests, nature trails, gardens and ponds, as well as 25 original and 4 reconstructed Shaker buildings, Canterbury Shaker Village is a must see for any visitor to New England.
Oracle's Chamber 500x250 - America's Stonehenge - Salem, NH
America's Stonehenge

105 Haverhill Road Salem, NH, 03079 Phone: 603-893-8300

Discover one of America’s oldest historic sites

Here in the pine forests on New Hampshire’s seacoast may be one of the oldest historic sites in the country. The maze of rocks, stone chambers, megaliths, and other strange artifacts represents the largest such collection anywhere. Constructed possibly by visitors predating Columbus by several thousand years, it has the experts stymied. Was it Native Americans? Colonial farmers? Old World voyagers from across the seas? What is know is that it was built by people with knowledge of astronomy and stone construction. The megaliths are similar to those built throughout Great Britain by Druid priests with many more found throughout NE Explore the property and museum, watch an orientation film, and browse the gift shop. In winter months the one-hundred-plus acres are great for snowshoeing.
Mary Baker Eddy Historic House

62 North State Street Concord, NH Phone: 603-225-3444

The founder of the Christian Science Church, Mary Baker Eddy lived at this site from 1889 to 1892.
Hours: May 1-October 31, Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, 1-4 p.m. and by appointment; November 1-April 30, open by appointment.
Admission: Suggested donation of $5. Children age 12 and younger admitted for free.
Information: www.longyear.org
Millyard Museum

200 Bedford Street Manchester, NH, 03101 Phone: 603-622-7531

The Millyard Museum is housed in the historic Amoskeag Millyard. The permanent exhibit "Woven in Time: 11,000 Years at Amoskeag Falls," describes Manchester and the people who have lived and worked here, starign with the Native people. It continues with displays on the area's early farmers and lumbermen, and the beginnings of industry in the area.
Hours: Year-round, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m
Admission: Adults, $8; seniors over age 61 and college students, $6; children age 12-18, $4.
Information: www.manchesterhistoric.org/millyard-museum
Chester Village Cemetery

Routes 102 and 121 Chester, NH Phone: 603-887-3951

This cemetery is full of interesting and unusual monuments, most of which date from the 18th century. It is one of only two New Hampshire cemetaries that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Robert Frost Farm Historic Site

Route 28 Derry, NH Phone: 603-432-3091

This National Historic Landmark was the home of poet Robert Frost from 1901 to 1909.
Season: May 5-June 27 and September 8-October 11, Wednesdays-Sunday only; June 28 - September 6, daily.
Hours: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Information: robertfrostfarm.org