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


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

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KatieSince Katie and her family moved from California in 2013, she has become the Welcome Wagon Team Lead for the Monadnock Region. She loves the area and will be happy to answer your questions.