The 19th Century printmaking firm, Currier & Ives, produced some of the most iconic images of rural America during their time. The settings of many of their prints included rolling hills and idyllic New England towns—scenes that come alive on the Currier & Ives Scenic Byway here in New Hampshire.
The 30-mile stretch, which encompasses three roadways, was designated as one of several picturesque New Hampshire “Yankie Trails” in 1976, in honor of our country’s 200-year celebration. It’s one of the most delightful drives in the area, offering endless photo ops as it winds through the countryside and rural towns. Guests can start the tour in Salisbury, which is about a half-hour drive south of our B&B.
Most of the towns were founded in the late 1700’s and their history can be seen in the old brick buildings, quaint downtowns and charming town centers. Highlights along the way include the oldest covered railroad bridge in the United States, in Hopkinton; and the town of Webster, named for the famous orator, Daniel Webster, and notable for Blackwater River Dam, an area popular with kayakers.
The town of Warner claims the highest point in our county, and when you reach its top, you’ll have an expansive view that includes the White Mountains, Green Mountains, New Hampshire’s coast and the tallest buildings in Boston. (We told you there’d be photo ops!). If you’re visiting the town in November, you can take in an Open House, sponsored by the Currier & Ives Scenic Byway Council, and learn even more about the scenic route.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
MainStreet BookEnds of Warner
16 E. Main Street, Warner, NH
Hillsborough, Salisbury and Henniker are the other little towns along this beautiful meandering route.
While we’re on the topic of picturesque settings, there’s nothing like the one you’ll find right here at the Inn! Come see us soon.