The MacDowell Colony is located in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire, where a striking natural environment and robust cultural scene combine to provide a wealth of options for residents and visitors alike. Stage companies, museums, fine dining, and world-class music are among the community’s many offerings. The Colony itself has long been associated with the arts in New Hampshire. Named Peterborough’s First Citizen in 1949, Marian MacDowell worked tirelessly on behalf of the arts in the local area.
While the Colony functions as a working retreat and thus promises its Fellows privacy and autonomy, a registered historic marker identifies the grave site of Edward and Marian MacDowell on High Street, which may be visited at any time. There are also several great ways to interact with MacDowell’s artists-in-residence through its seasonal events and community programs.
Incoming artists-in-residence should sign in to the MacDowell Fellows Dashboard to find comprehensive information on air, rail or bus travel to the Colony.
To get to the Colony by car please follow the directions below. Driving time is approximately two hours from Boston and five hours from New York City. Peterborough is at the intersection of Routes 101 and 202, east of Keene and west of Nashua and Manchester.
From Boston: Take I-93 North to I-95 South to Route 3 North, Exit 8 (Monadnock Region), then follow Route 101A West to Route 101 West, past Milford and into Peterborough. At the intersection of Routes 101 and 202, take a right onto Grove Street. You will proceed into the center of Peterborough, where you will then take a left onto Main Street. Go uphill and look for a sharp right onto High Street. The MacDowell Colony is located at 100 High Street, past the Hilltop Golf Course. The main office is located in the large white building.
From New York City: Take I-91 North to Vermont Exit 3 (Keene, NH); follow Route 9 East to Keene. In Keene, continue straight (the road becomes Route 101 East) until you reach the intersection of Routes 101 and 202, which is in Peterborough. At that intersection, bear left onto Grove Street. You will proceed into the center of Peterborough, where you will then take a left onto Main Street. Go uphill and look for a sharp right onto High Street. The MacDowell Colony is located at 100 High Street, past the Hilltop Golf Course. The office is located in the large white building.
For more information on the region and its offerings, please log on to the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce Web site at www.peterboroughchamber.com.
You may also wish to visit the town of Peterborough’s site at www.townofpeterborough.com.