Friday, 08 April 2016
The Third New Hampshire Turnpike, chartered in 1799, connected Walpole, Keene, Jaffrey, Sharon, and New Ipswich with Townsend, Massachusetts and onward to Boston. The turnpike brought economic prosperity and cultural diversity to New Ipswich and its imprint still runs through the center of the town in the form of remaining inns, grand houses, businesses, and gathering places. Here are a few photographs of Turnpike Road, as it came to be called, most of them from the turn of the century (ca. 1900).