The Historic Small Town That Every New Hampshirite Should Visit At Least Once
As one of the original 13 colonies, there’s no denying the fact that New Hampshire is absolutely loaded with history, and there are plenty of towns in the Granite State that have played major roles in shaping the United States as we know it today. There’s one tiny town in particular, though, that we think doesn’t get enough attention – it’s loaded with history, and you absolutely have to visit and take it all in.
Hancock is a town of just under 1,700 residents, but its history is vast. It's named for John Hancock, a landowner in the community who went on to be a member of the Constitutional Congress, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and the first governor of Massachusetts.
The Revolutionary War history doesn't stop there! The town's historic meetinghouse is home to a bell made by Paul Revere himself. Its hourly charms remind residents every day of the incredible history of their town.
The downtown Hancock Village Historic District holds some of the most beautiful homes you've ever seen, and many of them are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well.
Walking by these houses, you can't help but stop and wonder about the lives of the generations of New Hampshirites who occupied them.
The town doesn't offer up just history though – it's plain gorgeous for its natural setting as well. Located within the Merrimack River watershed, the town has a lake, a pond, and river frontage — there's no shortage of beautiful natural views in this place.
In fact, Hancock's border with Greenfield is marked by one of the most stunning covered bridges in the Granite State.
Of course, no day trip would be complete without a great meal! Visiting Hancock, you're in luck. The town is home to the
Hancock Inn, the oldest inn and tavern in the Granite State. Eat at the tavern and you'll immediately see why it's lasted so long – the food is fantastic!
Can’t get enough New Hampshire history? Check out the
oldest general store in the Granite State.
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