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A Spring Walking Tour of Walpole, New Hampshire

All week we’ve had incredibly beautiful spring weather and I had the unexpected pleasure of walking through the very town I live in with my camera in hand! I was meeting up with Laura Mahoney who is photographing every single community in New Hampshire for her project called In true innkeeper form I offered to give Laura a personal tour of our charming New England village and being an aspiring photographer myself I brought my camera along. Laura will be posting her photos of Walpole on her site later this month, but I thought I’d share mine in the meantime. It was such a beautiful day it was hard not to take a good photo!

For those of you who have never been to Walpole before, you’re in for a treat. For those of you who have moved away for one reason or another you’ll be glad to know Walpole’s charm and beauty are still alive and well.

Walpole is a thriving picturesque New England village with numerous white Colonial and Greek Revival homes surrounding a large grassy common. Nestled in the southwest corner of New Hampshire in the Connecticut River Valley, the village is surrounded by fertile farmlands and hillsides supporting numerous diverse agricultural enterprises as well as magnificent views across the river into Vermont. This Monadnock Region community is home to 3,500 residents and has changed little in more than 100 years. It’s charming beauty has drawn literary and visual artists for centuries and many notables still work and make their home here today. Enjoy the photo tour of our community or better yet, come stay with us and I’ll tour you around myself!

On our way into downtown Walpole we passed the Hooper Golf Course. Once a working farm, the beautiful landscape of green rolling hills and stone walls was transformed into a classic golf course in 1927 by golf course designer Wayne Stiles. The Hooper Golf Course is still recognized as one of America’s top 9 hole golf courses today.

Situated in the Connecticut River Valley along the border of Vermont Walpole is blessed with rich farmland and a wide variety of agricultural enterprises. Far from a “high rise community, the town hall and the church steeple are the tallest structures to be seen.

The following is a series of pictures I took as Laura and I walked around our quaint New England village.

View looking north up Main Street, downtown Walpole, NH. Click to see full image.

Walpole Unitarian Church at the corner of Main and Union Streets.

Continuing up Main Street with a row of magnificent homes.

The former Walpole Academy now home to the Walpole Historical Society Museum.

L.A. Burdick Chocolates creates some of the world’s finest handmade chocolate right here in Walpole. This building houses their cafe with outdoor seating, a fine restaurant, and a retail chocolate shop.

Walpole Grocery – a great place to get provisions to fuel you through your tour of Walpole. Especially known for their great cheese selection including many locally made.