About Main Street

Pictured above: Main Street, circa 1920.  Notice the buildings that once stood on the left where the People's United Bank is now located: Ellingwood's Drug Store, Boccelli's Cobbler Shop, Nathaniel Ford Laws residence, and Tucker's Tavern.

Main Street is Peterborough's connection to the:
- 1961 movie, Return to Peyton Place, and the Contoocook River, one of the few that flows north (Main Street Bridge)
- president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Brigham Young (20)
- Tibetan monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery (22)
- National Register of Historic Places (25)
- oldest businesses in town, including Steele's Stationers (40)
- American Guernsey Association and Byte Magazine (70)
- oldest house in the village (85)
- home and office of J.H. Cutler, MD, one of the physicians living in Our Town at the turn of the 20th century (91)

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The Main Street Bridge over the Contoocook River (No. 092/089) is a single-span, concrete rigidframe bridge with an arch effect and stone facing built 1940-1941.35 The bridge carries the eastern terminus of Main Street over the Contoocook River, one of the earliest roads in town, laid out by 1755.

SOURCE: Driemeyer, Laura; Laprey, Kari; Monroe, Lynn; and Hill, Teresa. New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources, Area Form, Peterborough Downtown Historic District, June 2010, page 71