Mar 10, 2014
Northern Lakes Region
Getting there: Meredith’s Mill Falls lies along Route 3/DW Highway, near the intersection with Route 25, which, going east, leads to Moultonborough.
• Mill Falls Marketplace
312 DW Hwy., Meredith, www.millfalls.com/marketplace
Open daily at 10 a.m.
• Cascade Spa
281 DW Hwy., Meredith, 677-8620, www.millfalls.com/cascade_spa
Open Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri.& Sat., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Lakehouse Grille
281 DW Hwy., Meredith, 279-5221, www.millfalls.com/marketplace
Open for brunch, Sun. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; lunch, Mon.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; dinner Sun.-Thurs., 5-9 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 5-9:30 p.m.
• Mount Washington Cruises
211 Lakeside Ave., Laconia, 366-5531, www.cruisenh.com
Daytime cruises depart at 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. daily. Costs $27 for adults, with discounts for families and children. Dinner Dance cruises available on weekends. Times and prices vary.
• Castle in the Clouds
455 Old Mountain Road, Moultonborough, 476-5900, www.castleintheclouds.org
Open daily through Oct. 22, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Costs $15 with discounts for children, seniors and groups
The state is beginning to experience the nature show that, according to the Division of Travel and Tourism Department, will attract close to 8 million visitors this fall. The foliage is already inching toward its peak red hues, and by mid- to late-October the entire Granite State will be enveloped in color. Here’s the Division’s guide to the brilliant scenery in each of the seven regions this fall.
• Great North Woods – The leaves have already begun to change here, and by the week of Sept. 26 the entire region will be filled with near-peak and peak foliage. By Columbus Day weekend, the colors will have begun to fade in the northernmost areas.
• White Mountains – You can expect to see this region at its most vibrant during the first week of October. The leaves begin to move beyond their peak after about two weeks, around Oct. 15.
• Dartmouth and Lake Sunapee – Color creeps into the western part of the state and moves southeast, so this region is already starting to see yellow and orange hues. Here, the height of foliage season will take place roughly from Oct. 7 to Oct. 14.
• Lakes Region – The second week of October and the beginning of the third is the best time period to see the stunning lakes surrounded by dazzling colors.
• Monadnock Region – Here, the leaves will begin to change as October arrives, but around the 12th day of the month, peak color sets in, lasting a week or so.
• Merrimack Valley – The colors haven’t really started showing yet, but they will little by little as October approaches, with blasts of color arriving in the middle of the month.
• Seacoast – As the last part of the state to see the leaves change, the Seacoast has a way to go until the trees ditch their green coloring. You can expect to see peak foliage around Oct. 20.
For more information, see the Division of Travel and Tourism Development’s complete foliage report at www.visitnh.gov/foliage.
New Hampshire travel resources
• Division of Travel and Tourism Development (www.visitnh.gov) provides comprehensive information on special events, foliage, accommodations and more.
• Department of Transportation (www.nh.gov/dot) has a list of route closures and planned construction.
• Fish and Game (www.wildlife.state.nh.us) has details about hunting, boating, fishing and wildlife viewing in the state, as well as discounts on related excursions.
• Parks and Recreation (www.nhstateparks.org) gives information on all the state parks, rail trails and historic sites, and also provides trail routes and maps.
• Ski NH (www.skinh.com) offers information on ski areas and winter events throughout the state. The organization represents 37 alpine and cross-country resorts and more than 200 lodgings in New Hampshire.
Getting there: Warner is accessible off exit 8 or 9 of I-89.
• New Hampshire Telephone Museum and Warner Firefighters Museum
22 E. Main St., 456-2234, www.nhtelephonemuseum.com
Open Tues., Thurs. & Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
• MainStreet Bookends
16 E. Main St., 456-2700, www.mainstreetbookends.com
Open Tues.-Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
• The Foothills of Warner
15 E. Main St., 456-2140
Open daily, 6 a.m.-2 p.m.
• The Velvet Moose Ice Cream Shoppe
25 E. Main St., 456-2511
Open daily, noon-8 p.m.
• Rollins State Park
Route 103, 456-3808, www.nhstateparks.org
Open daily through Oct. 23, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
• Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum
18 Highlawn Road, 456-2600, www.indianmuseum.org
Open daily through October, Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Guided tour offered daily at 2 p.m.
• Warner Fall Foliage Festival
Friday, Oct. 7, through Sunday, Oct. 9, in downtown Warner; parking and shuttle bus service available just off exits 8 and 9 for $5. The 64th edition of this popular festival includes a traditional midway, juried arts and crafts show, and Eat Local food tent, serving fare only from New England. There will also be plenty of fun for kids, such as face painting, an ice cream eating contest and performances by young people from the Kearsarge Conservatory for the Performing Arts. Other entertainment includes the Olaibo African drumming group, Granite State Cloggers and classic country band Chain Drive Wallet. On Sunday, don’t miss the Grand Parade, which has the theme “Famous Firsts” this year. Learn more at www.wfff.org.
Getting there: Many roads and highways converge in the state’s second-largest city. Routes 3, 101A and 111, among others, will get you there.
Getting around: The Nashua Transit System (www.ridebigblue.com) operates buses and trolleys that traverse the city. A one-way ticket costs $1.25 with discounts for children and seniors.
• Nashua Historical Society: Florence H. Speare Memorial Museum and Abbot-Spalding House
5 Abbott St., Nashua, 883-0015, www.nashuahistoricalsociety.org
Historical Society open Tues.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Abbot-Spalding House open by appointment only
• Historic downtown buildings along Main Street
Odd Fellows Building, 142 Main St.
Spalding House, 168 Main St.
• Martha’s Exchange Restaurant & Brewing Co.
185 Main St., 883-8781, www.marthas-exchange.com
Open Sun.-Wed., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Thurs., 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
• Estabrook Grill
57 Palm St., 943-5035, www.estabrookgrill.com
Open Sun.-Thurs., 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
• The Picker Building
99 Factory Street Extension, www.pickerbuilding.com
Travel-worthy events this fall
• White Mountain Storytelling Festival comes to Waterville Valley’s town square on Friday, Sept. 30, and Sat., Oct. 1. There will be three venues with tales for all ages, including ghost stories in the gazebo on Friday night. See www.visitwatervillevalley.com.
• The New Hampshire Fall Festival and Prescott Park Chili Cook-Off are two special Portsmouth events in one, on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Fall Festival is a traditional New England fair, while the Cook-Off will feature the food of more than a dozen restaurants. Admission to both events costs $15 for adults with discounts for kids. See www.strawberybanke.org and www.prescottpark.org.
• The Open Studio Art Tour of the Monadnock region (www.monadnockart.org) allows the public to take self-guided tours of the countryside, discovering the workplaces of local artists on Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last year, 50 studios participated in the free event.
• Return of the Pumpkin People is a quirky Jackson tradition, as businesses and institutions around town create scenes of pumpkin people, which you can tour from Oct. 1 to Oct. 20. See www.jacksonnh.com to download a map.
• The Keene Pumpkin Festival is taking over the city’s downtown on Saturday, Oct. 22, from noon to 8:30 p.m. Check out loads of pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns or bring your own to this free, festive event. The day also features food, crafts and entertainment. See www.pumpkinfestival2011.org.
• The Ghoulog (www.cranmore.com/ghoullog) is a tour of Cranmore Mountain that follows a terrifying storyline. There are also rides and a fall food court with fried dough, caramel apples, hot cider and more. The Ghoulog is open weekends throughout October.
• New Hampshire Open Doors offers tours of shops and galleries and the chance to meet local artists and craftspeople around the state on Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6. See www.nhopendoors.com for maps and a list of participants and their offerings.
Summer might have faded into the past, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to enjoy a little getaway, especially when the destination is just a short drive away. In fact, thanks to foliage, festivals, farm stands and more, fall is the second most popular season for both locals and non-locals alike to explore the wonders of the Granite State, according to Tai Freligh, communications manager of the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development.
What else makes the season ideal for local travels? Well, for starters, it’s less likely you’ll spend an entire day stuck in the car, inching your way to a destination; the fall of 2010 saw about 15 percent less weekend traffic than the summer, according to the data compiled by the Institute for New Hampshire Studies at Plymouth State University. And with foliage taking over virtually every corner of the state by the end of October, you don’t have to go very far to treat yourself to a vibrant show of nature’s colors.
“You can take a dirt road, a bike path, a rail trail,” Freligh said. “You can see foliage anywhere in the state.”
But if you want more than the changing foliage from your weekend trip, don’t worry. New Hampshire has plenty to offer and there are day- and weekend-trip options for all kinds of travelers. Whether you want to escape with your sweetheart for a little romance or get out of the house with the whole family, you don’t have to go beyond the Granite State’s borders to feel miles away, even if only for a day. Here are a few ideas how to make the most of this most colorful season.
With lush greenery and the calming presence of the water, the Lakes Region lends itself to a relaxing getaway with someone special, especially once the peak tourism season dies down a bit in the fall. Head to the northern part of Lake Winnipesaukee for a quiet escape and to indulge in spa services, spectacular views and unique dining experiences.
Slow down in Meredith
Located on Daniel Webster Highway and along the shore of the state’s largest lake, the Mill Falls area of Meredith is a great destination for leisure. Previously a mill property, the village is now a quaint resort that takes over both sides of the street with four inns, eight restaurants, a shopping center and a spa. Here, you can slow down and disconnect. Benches adorn the waterway, inviting you to take a seat and absorb the sounds of the lake or, across the street at the Marketplace, the rushing waterfall that flows under the Waterfall Café. The small breakfast and lunch spot is connected to the original Inn at Mills Falls as well as the Marketplace, which was developed inside the historic structure of a linen mill. Inside, you can browse a variety of shops selling ice cream (Ben & Jerry’s), jewelry, candy, books, clothing, and touristy T-shirts and trinkets.
For real relaxation, cross the street to the water’s edge and follow the wooden walkway that hovers over the water. It will lead you to Church Landing, a popular place for weddings as it houses a large ballroom and tranquil yard. It’s also home to Cascade Spa, where friendly attendants will pamper you from head to toe; the menu includes everything from hair cuts and pedicures to full-body massages. According to Spa Manager Martha Zyla, most couples choose the Water’s Edge Escape, a two-hour package that involves soaking in the tub and then undergoing an 80-minute massage in the VIP Suite, which looks out at the blue water of Lake Winnipesaukee.
All spa guests can make use of the property’s other amenities, Zyla said, so after your services, walk around, go for a swim in the indoor-outdoor pool, rest in the jacuzzi or sit down for a meal at the rustic Lakehouse Grill. The restaurant, located in the same building as the spa, has cozy stone fireplaces and a casual bar-lounge area in addition to its more formal dining room. Like most of the Mill Falls properties, Lakehouse Grille looks out at the water, so you soak up the views while you eat.
If you’d like to see Lake Winnipesaukee’s scenery from a different perspective, though, head out onto the water with Mount Washington Cruises. The company’s spacious M/S Mount Washington launches from Weirs Beach, just a 10-minute drive down Daniel Webster Highway. Through October, the company hosts scenic daytime and evening cruises aboard the 230-foot-long ship, according to Captain Jim Morash. And for a more romantic on-board experience, opt for a three-hour dinner-dance outing, during which you can fill up at the abundant buffet, move to the rhythm of live on-board music and check out the stars from the ship’s four decks.
Moultonborough’s crown jewel
Your Lakes Region excursion continues in Moultonborough, which lies at the northern-most point of Lake Winnipesaukee, about a 30-minute drive from Meredith’s Mill Falls village. The road that takes you there is nondescript, dotted with farms, and simple shops and business. The destination, however, is anything but ordinary.
The Castle in the Clouds, formerly known as the “Lucknow” estate, was built in 1914 by shoe magnate Thomas Plant. The estate comprises 5,500 acres of vibrant fields and forests, a café, a gallery, and of course, the “Castle,” the lavish mansion Plant shared with his wife Olive and their servants.
Much like the road leading there, the first level of the property makes a forgettable first impression: an unpaved parking lot, a small gift shop and a red-roofed building. But like a classy lover, the estate reveals its hidden gems slowly rather than displaying them all up front. Step inside the building, once a stable for Plant’s horses, and the layers come off. There are the stables-turned-booths, still with iron rods between them, and a small gallery currently displaying “The Apple of My Eye,” a collection of works featuring the autumnal fruit. Then, step out onto the patio, and there it is, the Castle’s famous view. Executive director Michael Desplaines claims it to be “the best view in New Hampshire without a doubt,” and it sure is hard to argue with him. From here, you can take in the jaw-dropping panorama of Lake Winnipesaukee, seeing the outlines of its many bays and islands sitting among thick greenery. Looking down, the whole “in the clouds” part of the estate’s name makes sense; at about 1,300 feet, it feels like a bird’s eye view. Want to drink it all in for a while? Sit down and fill up at one of the tables on the Carriage House Cafe’s patio, which used to serve as the arena where Plant walked his horses.
If you’re ready to peel back the next layer of the estate, though, you’ve got to go up. And to go up, you’ve got to get on the red trolley that sits outside and treks just a couple minutes up a narrow, winding road. When you arrive at the main house, friendly guides welcome you with a quick “orientation” to share the history of the estate before setting you free to discover all the details of the arts-and-crafts style mansion, which remains mostly preserved as it was in the early 1900s. In the game room, check out an old-fashioned pool table and large organ built into the wall, and upstairs in Olive’s room, see the delicate feminine garments she may have worn. There’s also a library, bedrooms, bathrooms, servants’ quarters and more to explore.
All the rooms at the back of the house afford stunning views of the region, and you can step outside from the game room to breathe the fresh mountain air and enjoy the complete landscape once again. The manicured yard is decorated with flowers and has a wishing pond, which, combined with the panorama, makes it seem like the perfect place for (hint, hint) romantic declarations and proposals. The estate is, after all, a popular wedding site for a reason.
Still, with thousands of acres of land, the Castle in the Clouds offers much more than stunning views and a fascinating museum-house. Visitors can take advantage of 28 miles of hiking trails, which according to staff include a variety of short and long routes, as well as popular paths leading to Mount Shaw and Bald Knob. The Castle also offers horseback riding, carriage rides and plenty of areas for picnickers, so you can spend your day enjoying the property however you wish.
With its picturesque Main Street and friendly people, Warner oozes small-town charm and has a decidedly country feel right down to the smallest details, like the green wooden posts carved with street names rather than the traditional aluminum variety. Located between exits 8 and 9 of Interstate 89, the town of about 2,900 people prides itself on having everything necessary and some extras in its small but robust downtown area.
To experience the height of family fun in Warner, head there during the annual Fall Foliage Festival, taking place from Friday, Oct. 7, through Sunday, Oct. 9. The event, a point of pride for the town, includes traditional fair activities, games and performances with an emphasis on all things local. If you can’t make it to Warner for the Columbus Day weekend festival, though, there are lots of other reasons to visit the town, no matter the time of year.
A classic Main Street
The center of Warner has a welcoming atmosphere, the walkways decorated with trees, flowers and unique little shops. Here, there are no chain stores in sight and that’s just how many of the locals like it. When you arrive, park anywhere — there are no meters — and begin to explore all the goodness tucked away in this tiny hub.
Walking from one end of the center to the other could take just a minute or two, but the colorful shops beckon you to enter, turning a quick stroll into a leisurely day. Start by discovering the two-in-one New Hampshire Telephone and Warner Firefighters museums. Inside the former, you can survey the 700-piece collection that encapsulates the evolution of the phone, from Alexander Graham Bell to modern-day cell phones, according to Assistant Director Laura French. Take a tour with a member of the museum’s staff or wander on your own, checking out old crank and dial phones, a working switchboard and a 19th-century pay phone.
In the same building you can visit the Firefighters Museum, which displays the town’s old equipment and pays tribute to heroes past and present. Kids can have fun imagining themselves as firefighters, sitting on an old truck and ringing the fire bell that was once used at the local station, said Paul Violette, director of the Telephone Museum and former Warner fire chief.
Then, walk over to MainStreet BookEnds, an independent bookstore with a large selection of titles for both kids and adults. When you enter, turn to the right and discover a small room of discounted books as well as a selection that, in the town’s ever-present spirit of community, goes to a local scholarship fund. Or head straight to the back to browse the section devoted to younger readers. Owner Katharine Nevins, who handpicks everything she sells, stocks kids’ books from local New England authors like Tomie DePaola as well as long-time favorites like the Berenstain Bears and Fancy Nancy series. Beyond the children’s room is a large all-wood space that functions as a gallery displaying the work of local artists as well as an array of kids’ games and toys for sale. Once you’ve purchased a book or two, you can sit outside and read it in the small park adjacent to the bookstore, which is dedicated to Nevins’ brother and the former co-owner of BookEnds, Jim Mitchell.
If you’ve worked up an appetite during the first part of your Warner adventure, head across the street to The Foothills, a cozy, family-run restaurant that is famous around town for enormous cinnamon rolls — “it should really be called a cinnamon loaf,” said Scott Hanwell, president of Foliage Festival’s board of directors — and pancakes so large they hang over the dinner plate. Before you enter, be sure to stop at an ATM, because the eatery only accepts cash.
Currently owned by Ron and Deb Moore, The Foothills serves breakfast all day but also has traditional sandwiches, salads and more, all prepared fresh and from scratch every day. And for any diners with a sweet tooth, there are plenty of sweet treats for sale, including whoopie pies, cupcakes and cookies, whipped up by Deb, who also prepares wedding cakes and other special-occasion desserts in the bakery.
If you prefer a cool dessert, pop over to The Velvet Moose, a kitschy, kid-friendly shop with 27 flavors of Shain’s of Maine ice cream and other traditional treats like milkshakes, floats and sundaes. Every Sunday afternoon, you can stick around the offbeat shop to enjoy live music.
Beyond the center of town
After you’ve eaten your fill, walk it off at Rollins State Park, just a 15-minute drive from downtown Warner. The park, which remains open through Oct. 23, is rife with plant and animal life, and visitors often spot moose, beer and dear, said Lee Blackington, park manager. The grounds feature a steep 3½-mile auto road leading to a picnic area with incredible views that, on a clear day, stretch all the way to Boston, according to the New Hampshire State Parks website. From there, you can go on a half-mile hike up to the peak of Mount Kearsarge, and if Fido has come along on your family day trip, let him join in on the fun, as leashed dogs are allowed on the grounds.
As you leave Rollins State Park and drive back toward the interstate, don’t forget to stop at Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, an institution that engages kids and adults alike as they learn about the indigenous peoples of the present-day United States and Canada. Housed in a large red barn formerly used as a riding arena, the collection shows off a range of artifacts, such as dugout canoes, saddles, arrowheads, a small teepee and sacred garments. Throughout the seven galleries, visitors can also get hands-on by weaving a paper basket, grinding corn, picking up a pair of heavy antlers and feeling moose fur. Outside, there is a trail through the 2½-acre Medicine Woods. You can stroll along the walkway, exploring about 100 species of plants that Native Americans have traditionally used as medicine, food, building and clothing materials, said Steven Dagle, director of communications and museum educator.
These days, Nashua is thought of as a shopper’s heaven, with the enormous Pheasant Lane Mall and rows of chain stores along Daniel Webster Highway as well as the shops along Route 101A. But there is plenty for history buffs to appreciate (as well as some shopping opportunities) in the city’s downtown, which unites its mill-town past with its present-day reincarnation as a shopping and dining hub.
Any adventure into Nashua’s past should begin at the Historical Society, housed in the Florence H. Speare Memorial Museum on Abbot Street. Here, you can not only pick up information to guide you through the most storied parts of the city, but you can also check out exhibits with fascinating artifacts from Nashua’s history.
The most prominent display is that devoted to Frank Ingalls, a Nashua native who worked as a draftsman, creating maps for City Hall, and spent his free time photographing the people and places of his hometown. The Historical Society has about 6,900 images from Ingalls, and Collections Technician Jackie Walker said the collection is constantly growing. The collection allows you to travel back to Ingalls’ time (1862 to 1956) through his photographs, which depict events like the welcome home parade held for Spanish-American War soldiers, the local fair and the moving of a house by a large team of horses and men. The exhibit also shows off a variety of boxy antique cameras, the kinds Ingalls likely used to capture the iconic scenes.
The Speare Memorial Museum has several other displays as well. Downstairs, you can check out old postal artifacts, a library full of historical books, and a collection of fashionable hats from Gaby’s Exclusive Millinery Shoppe, which operated for nearly 100 years before closing in 1993.
With advance request and a $20 deposit, you can also head next door to the Abbot-Spalding House, an early 18th-century house-museum that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and, Walker said, is believed to be haunted. The place takes its name from two of its former tenants: Daniel Abbot, regarded as the Father of Nashua, and William Spalding, a prominent banker and antiques collector. Inside, after you remove your shoes, you can tour various rooms. Off the main entryway lies a rather masculine gentleman’s room, and across from it is a contrastingly delicate woman’s parlor. The downstairs also has an office area and dining room, while the upstairs houses the bedrooms and bathroom. Sturdy-looking tables and chairs, fine china, portraits and other furniture and accessories of the time period decorate the home, which the Historical Society began to restore after taking possession of it in the 1990s.
Once you’ve spent some time in the two museums, pull out your Historic Nashua booklet (available at the Historical Society) and begin to explore the history that remains alive today. A good place to start is across the bridge, on the other side of Main Street. Though the trip takes just minutes on foot, you can choose to wait at the nearest bus stop on Amherst Street, with the hopes of hopping on one of the city’s three blue trolleys and having a quick but nostalgic ride into the heart of downtown. Still, be sure to check the schedule first, as the buses pass only once each hour.
Along Main Street, there are lots of notable places, though many have changed over the years. The Odd Fellows building, also known as the Landmark, has a rich red-orange facade and retains a sign for the social organization that met there until 2007. The building, constructed about 1900, according to the Historical Society, now houses offices, but you can peek inside and see the grand staircase that leads upstairs and evokes a time when the space hosted lively gatherings.
Then cross Temple Street to the next block of Main Street and discover another curiosity. At number 168, between Chuck’s Barber Shop and Gate City Coin and Jewelry, you’ll notice a gated alleyway that leads to a brown door. The lavish late-19th-century home is currently property of the adjacent United Methodist Church but formerly belonged to Isaac Spalding, who is the uncle of William Spalding and a prominent industrialist in the city.
Eat your way through history
If you’re ready to sit down for lunch or dinner, cross the busy street to Martha’s Exchange, which the ladies of the Historical Society described as a fixture of the city. Located in the Merchant’s Exchange building constructed in 1872, the business dates back to 1932, when the current owners’ great aunt opened Martha’s Sweet Shoppe. Over the years it expanded to include a luncheonette, then a restaurant and bar, and now a microbrewery too. The original store, however, remains in the form of a single counter selling sugary treats at the front of the restaurant.
Martha’s has a modern interior with comfy booths and a large bar, but it still features some of the original brick and columns that separated the various stores of the Merchant’s Exchange. The place, which can seat 350 people inside and an additional 80 on the outdoor terrace, serves traditional American foods as well as a few Greek specialties in honor of the family’s roots, General Manager Mary McElroy said. You also won’t want to miss the signature Beer Taster, which allows you to sample all eight of the restaurant’s home brews.
Another eatery with a bit of history is the Estabrook Grill on Palm Street, located in the new Palm Square Residence. The building, a former factory, was completed in 1886 and occupied by the Moody, Estabrook and Anderson Shoe Company, according to plaques inside the atrium. At the time, it was the country’s largest shoe factory, with 600 employees producing 15,000 pairs each day. In 1973, Batesville Casket Company bought the space, but when that company ceased operations in Nashua, a developer stepped in and transformed it into a living facility. Before you enter the casual Grill, have a look at the tranquil atrium, where the building’s past and present seem at odds with each other; though large square columns and enormous industrial tubes remain, delicate trees and flowers decorate the space and a fountain fills it with the relaxing sound of trickling water.
See art in the mills
As the Palm Square Residence suggests, Nashua flourished as a mill town. According to the city’s website, it all started in 1823, when Daniel Abbot and other local leaders established the Nashua Manufacturing Company and set off an industrial revolution that transformed the tranquil farming town of Dunstable, as it was known, into the thriving city of Nashua. Though the growing metropolis produced all kinds of goods, textile and cotton factories dominated its landscape through the 1800s. In the mid-20th century, however, the industry moved south and the buildings were left empty.
One of them, the Picker Building, has been reinvented as a creative space for more than 30 artist studios and small businesses, and inside the four-story structure in the Factory Street Extension you’ll find photography, pottery, jewelry and more. Many of the artists will participate in Art Walk, Nashua’s annual open-studio tour, taking place this year on Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6.
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