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About Peterborough

The Town Administration Office publishes a communique we call The Dispatch.  The Dispatch is intended to share pertinent and current information to residents of the Town. The Dispatch began during the Covid-19 pandemic and used as a tool to stay connected to the community in a safe and helpful way.

The Dispatch is published and emailed to those who receive the notices from the e-mail list, posted on the Town's FaceBook page and the most recent edition is attached to the Latest News & Information link on this homepage.  The archived editions'  Tips & Tricks are listed below:

Sign up for Town of Peterborough’s Emergency Alerts: here

Where can I walk my dog

Is there a Farmer’s Market? YES, Located at the Peterborough Community Center, 25 Elm St. outside April-October and indoors Oct-Dec on Wednesdays from 3-6 pm.

Are there bears in town? When bears are out of their winter dens, we can be visited occasionally. When bears are not hibernating, they are searching for food; bird seed, unsecured food waste or any other easily obtained yummy that may tempt them. More NH bear information can be researched at: If you see a bear, keep your distance. Make it aware of your presence by clapping, talking or making other sounds. If a bear does not immediately leave after seeing you, the presence or aroma of food may be encouraging it to stay. Remove any sight or smell of foods.

Does the Town have a Facebook page? Yes,

When & where can I throw away used motor oil? Please give directly to an attendant at the Peterborough Recycling Center on Scott Mitchell Rd off of Rt. 202.

What’s the name of the mountain peak just off Rt. 101? Miller State Park is the oldest state-run park in New Hampshire. It is located in the towns of Peterborough and Temple, and is centered on Pack Monadnock, a 2,290-foot mountain.

Who do I call if I have a property tax question? The tax collector, Beth Marsh, 603.924.8000 ext.113

Where can I go online to find my Property Record Card?

Where’s the nearest hospital? Monadnock Community Hospital at 452 Old Street Rd, Peterborough

What’s the name of the local school district? ConVal School District SAU 1(short for Contoocook Valley) is the school district serving eight surrounding towns: Antrim, Bennington, Dublin, Francestown, Greenfield, Hancock, Sharon and Temple.

Why is the building at 1 Grove St. called the Town House and not the Town Hall? Courtesy of The Monadnock Center for History & Culture

Many in Peterborough probably don’t realize that the Town House is the third town hall to sit at the corner of Main and Grove Streets. Completed in 1862, the first town hall at the site was a building 60 by 80 feet crowned by a cupola with a four-foot gilded eagle. The eagle later graced the top of Goodnow & Derby’s Store on Grove Street. This town hall housed five stores on the Grove Street façade as well as the Post Office and the town library.  For many years the library and post office were in the store and the south corner and the library did not have its own permanent home until 1890.  The store at the north end was occupied by J. R. Miller’s Pharmacy. By 1886 this building was found to be structurally unsound and not adequate to the town’s needs.  A committee was appointed, and they determined the building would need to be rebuilt. At that time, the roof and cupola were removed, and the several new gables were added. The ‘new’ town hall was reflected the Victorian style in favor at the time and was known as the Opera House. The Opera House was demolished in 1917 and this made way for constructing a new building. A Thursday March 7th, 1918, Peterborough Transcript’s newspaper article provided further details of the ceremony for opening the newly rebuilt Town Hall. Andrew J. Walbridge of the Town’s Building Committee shared with the newspaper “I hope the next generation will find the Town House the “Community House”…”. And, it has been the Town House ever since.

How do I make reservations for the Town Parks and the Upper Hall at the Town House? Email Gretchen Rae at or call 924.8000 ext. 101 Gretchen will send you an application for a town park’s application or for the upper hall inside the townhouse. There is no rental fee for the parks but there is for the upper hall.

I enjoy bird watching, where can I go to look for birds?

I want to work for the Town of Peterborough. How to look for employment opportunities? There is a downloadable application form with a current list of openings at: The Town also posts employment opportunities in the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript classifieds. The Town of Peterborough is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Do I have to come into the Town Clerk’s office to pay for vehicle registration(s) or pay to license my dog? Find out at: On the blue sidebar of the website, there is an option to pay for your vehicle but also to license your dog.

I live in West Peterborough, do I have to come downtown to get postal services? You do not, the West Peterborough Post Office is located at 301 Union St. Unit C in West Peterborough. The retail hours are Monday-Friday 8-10am & 3-5pm, Saturdays 9-noon and closed Sundays. Lobby hours to pick-up PO Box access: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday 8am-noon and closed Sundays.

My water and sewer bill seems too high for what I think I use. I think I have a water leak or my water meter is broken, who do I call? The answer to this question is two-fold. If you have a question about your utility bill which is billed quarterly, you will contact the utility billing office at 924-8000 ext. 103 and if it is a leak or low-pressure or dirty water issue, please call the water department at: 371-9033 ext. 194

I have an American flag that I’d like to retire. Is there a drop-off location that I can properly dispose of my flag? Yes, there are 3 drop-off locations: the Town House lobby, South Meadow School entrance and at the Peterborough Recycling Center. The American Legion Cheney-Armstrong Post 5 will advertise when they will be performing a proper retirement service.

What’s the name of the brook running through the village of Peterborough? Obtained on 
Nubanusit Brook is a 14.3-mile-long (23.0 km) stream. The brook begins at the outlet of Nubanusit Lake in Nelson. It is a tributary of the Contoocook River, part of the Merrimack River watershed.[2] The brook flows south into Harrisville, interrupted by Harrisville Pond and Skatutakee Lake, then east to the MacDowell Reservoir (constructed for flood control) in Peterborough. The brook turns south, passes the village of West Peterborough, and reaches the Contoocook River after passing through Peterborough village. Nubanusit Brook was important to the establishment and development of Harrisville and Peterborough because many dams were built along it to provide water power to mills.[3] These included substantial textile mills in Harrisville, West Peterborough, and Peterborough, as well as smaller mills along the brook's course.

I have a non-emergency issue that needs to be discussed with the Police, what number do I call? Local dispatch can be reach at 603.924.8050.

What is the story about the honeybee mural painted on the Community Center building? portions published by the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript 8.16.2018 reported on by Meghan Pierce The Honeybee mural was painted by artist and The Good of the Hive founder, Matthew Willey.  Melissa Stephenson, founder of the New Hampshire Honeybee Initiative commissioned Willey to come to Peterborough and create the mural. Through Willey’s organization The Good of the Hive he set out to paint 50,000 honeybees – the equivalent of a honeybee hive – in murals around the world. “I fell in love with bees and I’m flowing with my artwork around it to create a connection because I think that’s what’s going to solve it,” Willey said. 

What is an RSA? Information collected from Wikipedia & 2012 Legislative session statutes Laws in New Hampshire are called Revised Statutes Annotated, or RSAs. “Annotated” means including notes. RSAs include history, case law, and other relevant explanations at the end of each section. RSAs are organized into 64 Titles from Title 1, “The State and its Government” to Title 64, “Planning and Zoning.” Each Title is divided into, and typically cited by, Chapters, Sections, and Paragraphs. Example—RSA 674:4, II refers to Chapter 674, Section 4, Paragraph II. The RSA endeavors to collect all the current laws "of a public and general nature" in a single, numbered set. The US Constitution and the New Hampshire Constitution are included in the RSA.

Me or my family would like local food assistance, where do I go? The Peterborough Food Pantry is open Mon, Wed, Fri 9-noon and Thursday Evenings from 5-7:00pm at 25 Elm St. in Peterborough. You can contact them via phone at 603.924.3008 or email 

Why are there no fast-food or beverage drive-through windows intown? There is a town zoning ordinance (245-5H) that prevents the addition of drive-through windows for food or beverage service(s). Banks and pharmacies are permitted to have drive-through windows.

Old Railroad Trail Facts: Length 2.7 miles, Trailhead near Peterborough Recycling Center and Forest Road in Hancock, Trail surface is dirt, activities: bike, mountain biking, walking, cross country skiing are allowed.


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