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That Unmistakable New Hampshire Feeling in Harrisville
Article, photo by Eric Hurwitz --
created for VisitingNewEngland.com on 10/27/2022. @newenglandinfo
Give me peace and quiet, a scenic pond,
church with tall white steeple, rows of historic homes, mountain views
and a quaint general store and my New Hampshire heart starts beating
again, most healthfully and joyfully.
Harrisville provides all of those scenes, as well as that internal
regenerative bliss without the need to drive hours and hours towards
the northern part of the state. This tiny town with big New Hampshire
appeals sits about an hour and a half from Boston, Mass. within the
Monadnock region of the Granite State.
While the town possesses that dream-like small town appeal, Harrisville
does not exactly fit the pristine mold that we have come to know and
love in New Hampshire. The town center is actually built
around an early 19th century
industrial former textile mill complex that has been remarkable
preserved and, fortunately, occupied by many small businesses,
manufacturers, artists, writers and even the local Post Office,
according to the Harrisville.org
Part of the mill complex in Harrisville.
Harrisville does certainly not come across as a vacation destination in
the sense of hyped-up Madison Avenue, marketing department concoctions
with air-brushed people displaying forced smiles. Rather, Harrisville
represents the hidden, humble and quieter side of New England travel.
The Harrisville General Store, at 29 Church St., dates back to
1838. It is a wonderful place for homemade breakfasts, lunches and
snacks, as well as a delightful stop for general merchandise.
Go take a stroll there, breathe in the fresh New Hampshire hilltown
experience the down-home ambiance of a general store and feel your
heart and soul connect with the epicenter of a charming, authentic
small New Hampshire town!
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