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New Hampshire

Celebrating the Autumn Tapestry and History of New Hampshire

With autumn’s brilliance as your backdrop, witness the essence of New England in New Hampshire’s Monadnock region, discovering historic towns, colonial traditions and covered bridges.
Rating (5)
Program No. 10551RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
799
New Hampshire

Celebrating the Autumn Tapestry and History of New Hampshire

With autumn’s brilliance as your backdrop, witness the essence of New England in New Hampshire’s Monadnock region, discovering historic towns, colonial traditions and covered bridges.
Length
6 days
Starts at
799
Program No. 10551 RJ
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Oct 3 - Oct 8, 2021
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Oct 10 - Oct 15, 2021
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 3 - Oct 8, 2021
Starting at
849
Oct 10 - Oct 15, 2021
Starting at
849

At a Glance

Explore the incredible beauty of southern New Hampshire as you journey through the breathtaking autumn tapestry of the Monadnock region. Immerse yourself in the history and stories of the people who have made this mountainous region their home during field trips to the historic towns of Harrisville, Nelson and Jaffrey. Ride across historic covered bridges and learn about their importance, and delight in New Hampshire’s music and dance traditions.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile on some uneven surfaces; optional hikes. Choices will always be given to accommodate interests and physical abilities.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Delight in the vibrant reds, ambers and golds of the local landscape during a day of autumn leaf peeping.
  • Enjoy traditional N.H. music and dance presented by a legendary fiddler, storyteller and keeper of the dance.
  • Visit the historic towns of Nelson and Harrisville along with the Cathedral of the Pines, a beautiful outdoor sanctuary that also serves as a memorial to the nation’s fallen soldiers.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event and a value-priced single room.
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Alan Rumrill
Alan Rumrill is the executive director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County. Born in New Hampshire, Alan has a degree in history and has specialized in the history of the Monadnock region. "Monadnock Moments" will be part of the resources he will use from his weekly radio program to present stories of special people and places in southwest New Hampshire.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Alan Rumrill is the executive director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County. Born in New Hampshire, Alan has a degree in history and has specialized in the history of the Monadnock region. "Monadnock Moments" will be part of the resources he will use from his weekly radio program to present stories of special people and places in southwest New Hampshire.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
A Keene Sense of History II
by David R. Proper
Why did a Cheshire County man leave his house and live in a cave for several months during the Revolutionary War? What was a hogreeve? What Keene resident won the Boston Marathon seven times? These and many other questions are answered by Keene historian in David Proper's book.
The Poetry of Robert Frost The Collected Poems
by Compiled
Complete Collection of Robert Frost poems. Please choose any edition of your choice. Read as many poems as you can and come to class with 3 titles that you would like to discuss.
Monadnock, More than a Mountain
by Craig Brandon
A fascinating history of “America’s favorite mountain,” Mount Monadnock. Brandon has put together an impressive compilation that combines the history and lore of this special place. Also known as Grand Monadnock, the pinnacle of the region.
New England Forests through Time, Insights from the Harvard Forest Dioramas
by David R. Foster and John F. O'Keefe
Over the past three hundred years New England's landscape has been transformed. The forests were cleared; the land was farmed intensively through the mid-nineteenth century and then was allowed to reforest naturally as agriculture shifted west. Today, in many ways the region is more natural than at any time since the American Revolution. This fascinating natural history is essential background for anyone interested in New England's ecology, wildlife, or landscape. In New England Forests through Time these historical and environmental lessons are told through the world-renowned dioramas in Harvard's Fisher Museum. These remarkable models have introduced New England's landscape to countless visitors and have appeared in many ecology, forestry, and natural history texts. This first book based on the dioramas conveys the phenomenal history of the land, the beauty of the models, and new insights into nature.
A Long Deep Furrow: Three Centuries of Farming in New England
by Howard Russell
This book chronicles the growth of the Northeastern frontier, country life-styles, and the development of farming and agricultural technology throughout the period of colonial settlement, wars, and the mechanical age.
Monadnock Moments..Historic tales from Southwest New Hampshire
by Alan F. Rumrill
Inspired by beloved local storyteller Fritz Wetherbee, Historical Society of Cheshire County director Alan F. Rumrill collected their stories in his series, "Monadnock Moments" broadcast on Keene radio station WKNE from 1985 to 2005. Here he has gathered one hundred of his most interesting vignettes and paired them with historic images, chronicling the lives of business man, politicians and soldiers and spinning tales of disaster, murder and adventure that all had their roots in towns of southwest New Hampshire.
The Poetry of Robert Frost: The Collected Poems, Complete and Unabridged
by Robert Frost
This comprehensive volume of Robert Frost's published verse contains all eleven of his individual books of poetry-from "A Boy's Will" published in 1913, to "In the Clearing" from 1962. The editor, Edward Connery Lathem, meticulously annotated the more than 350 poems contained therein.
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(5)

An outstanding look at New Hampshire history and culture and an opportunity to enjoy the autumn beauty we've all heard about.

(5)

Beautiful setting, good meals and enjoyable itinerary.

(5)

This wqs a great program and especially welcoming to single people. I learned not only from the presenters but also from other participants who were extremly interesting and diverse in their life experiences. The place is beautiful, the trips were fun and it was great to travel with no worries. I learned more than I had hoped to and thoroughly enjoyed all the classes. Super qualified instructors, very accomodating and friendly staff and the nicest group of people attending - all who just want to learn new things and enjoy the experience. Last but not least, the food was excellent and healthy.

This reviewer did not give a star rating.

As this was my first trip with RS I was pleasantly surprised at how well organized this trip was. Tiffany is a gem, always there to help, even with the smallest request. She took a rainy day in stride and made sure we all had a good time. And our Bus Driver Ed was fantastic. I cannot say enough about how great our trip was. Everything was well planned and thought thru completely so that no one was left out. Our accommodations were much more than expected with room to stretch out and enjoy ourselves. And the food, I am a picky eater and the variety was great and the chef knows his trade and even made it possible for me to take a dessert back to my room, nicely wrapped. Each day was a new discovery and well planned and with a few extra side trips thrown in and comedians aboard on the trip there was never a dull moment. I had chosen this trip hoping to get some pictures of the fall colors and was not disappointed one bit, coming home with over 500 shots. I look forward to booking another trip and can only hope that any future ones will be as wonderful as this one turned out to be.

(5)

There is no guarantee that the sun will shine & the leaves will be colorful, but that does not lessen the overall enjoyment of a well-planned program of New England highlights.

(5)

This program fulfilled my bucket list dream of seeing New England in the Fall. I flew into Manchester, NH and enjoyed the rental car journey to Pilgrim Pines. I appreciate the no extra fee for traveling single. The screened in porch overlooking the lake was lovely, sunrise and sunsets. The loons welcomed me. Food, learning, people, place were enjoyable. Enough free time to explore. Tail end of color. .The covered bridges speaker is awesome, a laugh a minute.






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