Horatio Colony House Museum & Nature Preserve

Owner(s): Colony Memorial Trust

Location: 199 Main Street & Daniels Hill Road, Keene, NH  03431

Category: Arts, Culture & History,

Phone: (603) 352-0460

Serving the public for over 40 years, the Horatio Colony House Museum has commanded a prominent place on Main Street when it was first build in 1806 by Able Blake and then served a home of the Joslin/Colony family from 1847. Eight rooms of the home are original and fully intact as the Colony family left them, which is unusual for a historic house museum. There is a fabulous collection of East Asian rugs, wonderful antiques…predominately 19th century, although we have a few 18th century and one or two 20th century pieces. There are also fascinating decorative arts collected by Horatio Colony II from trips around the world or inherited by family members.

But most of all, this is a true family home. Although elegant, it is very welcoming and obvious it was a well-lived in and well-loved place.

Welcoming and informative tour guides will take you through the house sharing interesting stories and funny anecdotes. Tours are offered May through October 14, Wednesdays through Sundays from 11:00 to 4:00. Please check our web site for schedule information. Tours are free of charge.

The Horatio Colony Nature Preserve on Daniels Hill Road in Keene offers 645 acres of conserved land with 5 miles of hiking trails through green/gold forests that form a rich habitat for plants and animals.