Downtown Keene

Keene Architectural Highlights

Keene’s historic downtown includes a highly distinctive group of buildings that represent the full range of styles and building types commonly erected in the mid-19th through the mid-20th century. Court and Washington are exceptional urban streetscapes with excellent examples of the Federal and Greek Revival, Italianate, Second Empire and Stick styles, many with well-preserved barns and carriage houses.

Liz Henegan Walking Tour

Keene is an especially vital and attractive city distinctive for its strong sense of history and respect for its architectural heritage. Shire Town By Foot – Keene, New Hampshire by Liz Henegan is a delightful publication outlining 3 separate detailed walks. (Publication on hand for guest use.)

Mt. Monadnock

Whether appreciated for its quiet presence from many viewpoints, or its reputation for attracting hikers, Mt. Monadock defines this scenic region of the state.

Downtown Keene, New Hampshire

Central Square and the church that heads it are photographers’ favorites.

Keene State College

Keene State College’s main entrance welcomes visitors to Keene.


Within walking distance of Colony House are many points of interest

  1. Colony Mill Marketplace
  2. Ashuelot River Park
  3. Keene Public Library
  4. Downtown churches
  5. The Colonial Theatre
  6. Keene Family YMCA
  7. Horatio Colony House Museum
  8. Keene State College & Thorne Art Gallery
  9. Historical Society of Cheshire County
  10. Antioch New England Graduate School
  11. Wheelock Park
  12. Pathways for Keene – Rails to Trails


• Historic Meeting Houses and Village Greens

Franklin Pierce University (Rindge)

Mt. Monadnock (Jaffrey)

Rhododendron State Park (Fitzwilliam)

Surry Mountain Recreation Area

Otter Brook Dam Recreation Area

Cathedral of the Pines (Rindge)

• Two local Golf Courses

Covered Bridges

Swamp Bats Baseball