Country and City Meet at Monadnock

For those who want to live in nature but not too far from people, the Monadnock Region is a great place to be. Located in southwestern New Hampshire, the region is named after Mount Monadnock, which can be seen for miles around.

This area is a pastoral region of rolling hills, small villages, rustic farmsteads, and winding back roads. Waterways scatter the region and provide opportunities for fishing, swimming and boating. Nature trails can be found everywhere and range from quick jaunts to large treks up mountains.

The Monadnock Region may be known for its outdoors feel, but most of the area is within 20 minutes of major towns such as Peterborough, Hillsboro and Keene. A fair number of freedom loving individuals have settled in and around Keene, which is home to Social Sunday, the longest running weekly liberty gathering in New Hampshire. A few folks from the Upper Monadnock Valley Liberty group also get together monthly.

Lower than average house prices and pockets of low property taxes, in addition to its homely and rustic lifestyle, makes the Monadnock Region an excellent option for families and retirees. Keene offers a variety of family activity options, from the Stonewall Farm, Cheshire Children’s Museum, two parks, and swimming holes within close vicinity.

Monadnock Blog Posts


Ben & Kelly Bring Their Business to New Hampshire

We have heard positive things about the market here, but time will tell how true they are for our company. Either way, we are not looking back. We have promised ourselves, and our fellow porcupines, that whatever happens, we aren’t going to move back to New York. We have had enough of that awful place! We are home now, and that is a great feeling!


I Left Illinois for Liberty in New Hampshire

Doug writes about leaving the corrupt state of Illinois, with its high taxes and strict gun laws, for the freest state in the country.

Free State Family: A Visit to the Monadnock Region

This month, Molly and her family take us to New Hampshire's Monadnock region, where they talk with Free Staters about peaceful living among liberty-minded locals.


Cryptocurrency Fan (Andy) Finds the Best State for a Free Life

I knew I could no longer live in high-taxed and overpriced California on my pension income, so I looked at more affordable places in the country and decided to try going to PorcFest. I made the long drive from California to Lancaster in June 2017 and attended the festival...

Tour the Monadnock Region

Keene On this tour, you’ll sample chocolate, apples, beer, and cheese as you visit Walpole, Keene, and Peterborough. Stop in the woods, visit an historic homestead, and climb a fire tower for a scenic view.

Banner Photo by Jeffrey Newcomer

Monadnock Region Facts

Major Towns: Keene, Peterborough, Rindge, Winchester
Great For: Activism, crypto, entrepreneurs, families, rural/nature, walkable town
Not For: Professionals

Nikki Sunshine, a smiling young woman in a "Ron Paul was right" t-shirt

Nikki is an active member of the liberty community. She is a yoga teacher, doula, and midwife based in Keene. When she’s not teaching yoga or catching babies, she co-hosts the liberty radio show Free Talk Live. Nikki is knowledgeable about local meet-ups, freedom-friendly businesses, and beautiful nature spots in the Monadnock region. Nikki is always happy to help new movers and answer any questions they might have!