Welcome to Peterborough
Peterborough is also a thriving 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, composers, playwrights, architects, filmmakers, painters and photographers. 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 among the luminaries that have passed this way.