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Introducing Peterborough & Around

The picturesque town of Peterborough is a charming village of redbrick houses and tree-lined streets, with the idyllic Nabanusit River coursing through its historic center. Nestled between Temple Mountain to the east and Mt Monadnock to the west, Peterborough is a gateway to some captivating countryside, and its restaurants and B&Bs draw plenty of visitors in their own right.

Peterborough is something of an arts community, an impression left deeply by the nearby MacDowell Colony. Founded in the early 1900s, the country's oldest art colony has attracted a diverse and dynamic group of poets, painters, composers and playwrights. Aaron Copland composed parts of Appalachian Spring at the colony; Virgil Thomson worked on Mother of Us All; Leonard Bernstein completed his Mass; and Thornton Wilder wrote Our Town, a play that was openly inspired by Peterborough. Milton Avery, James Baldwin, Barbara Tuchman and Alice Walker are but a few of the luminaries that have passed this way.

More than 200 poets, composers, playwrights, architects, filmmakers, painters and photographers still come to Peterborough each year. They come for inspiration from the serene beauty of the countryside, from one another, and from the MacDowell legacy of creative collaboration that endures to this day. The colony is open to visitors just once a year, in the second weekend in August.