Posted by: RasmaSandra | January 8, 2019

Exploring Manchester and Concord


Manchester is the largest city in New Hampshire.

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The Currier Museum of Art offers visitors American and European artwork. The museum was founded in 1929 and today the building is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Part of this museum is also the Zimmerman House The permanent collection has artwork by well-known artists like Matisse, Monet, and Picasso among others. They also host family activities, concerts, and offer tours.

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The Zimmerman House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Dr. Isadore and Lucille Zimmerman in 1950. The house is one the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It was built as a single story house around a large central chimney in the shape of an “L”. Tours are given by the Currier Museum of Art.

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The Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in downtown Manchester stretches along the Merrimack River. It opened in 2005 and is home to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats Minor League Baseball Team. The stadium also plays host to other events like concerts In 2006 Bob Dylan performed at the very first concert. Besides regular seating, there are 32 luxury suites on the upper levels for fans who want really great views of the field. From the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel next door, you can have rooms with spectacular views of the stadium.

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The SEE Science Center lets visitors learn about science topics like electricity, force, light, sound, and much more. It consists of two floors with many hands-on exhibits.

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One of the highlights is the LEGO Millyard Project that was built with three million LEGO blocks. There are also special temporary exhibits and the center also sponsors the Seemobile which travels about the area to educate students in the schools.

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Massabesic Lake in southern New Hampshire is within the city of Manchester and the town of Auburn. The name of the lake is a Native American name meaning “a place of much water”. Since the lake provides drinking water for the city of Manchester no swimming or water skiing is allowed. Visitors to the lake can fish, kayak, and sail. There are scenic trails offering lovely views of the water.

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The Palace Theater was built in 1914 and is one the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It was built to look like the Palace Theater in New York City. Famous performers here have been Bob Hope, the Marx Brothers, Harry Houdini, and many more. After vaudeville, it was used as a movie house. Today the theater hosts plays, musicals, ballets, and performances by musicians and comedians.

Concord the Capital of New Hampshire

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The New Hampshire State House is home to the General Courts, Executive Council, and the Governor. It was built in 1819 and is the oldest state house in which the legislature still occupies its original chambers and is home to the largest legislative body in the U.S.

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Since the 1700s there has been an apple orchard on Carter Hill. People can come to pick apples here or purchase them at the country store. Most of the apples are in season during September and October. The New Hampshire Cider Works makes cider for everyone.

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The Franklin Pierce Homestead is a white clapboard Georgian-style mansion. It was the home of the 14th U.S. President Franklin Pierce. When he gave up politics he retired to Concord. Today this is a National Historic Landmark. The home has been restored to its original appearance. In the elegant ballroom on the second floor, Benjamin Pierce (father to Franklin) used to drill the local militia during the Revolutionary War. In the barn, you can find Franklin Pierce’s old horse-drawn sleigh.

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The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is a museum built to honor Christa McAuliffe, the social studies teacher selected by NASA to be the first teacher in space and Alan Shepard who was the first American in space and one of the very first to walk on the moon. There are interactive engineering and science exhibits among them a full size replica of a Mercury Redstone Rocket.

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The New Hampshire Historical Society was founded in 1823 and is a non-profit organization that preserves and shares the history of New Hampshire. The museum has many objects, books, documents, maps, and photographs. The building was built in 1911 and has a sculpture by New Hampshire sculptor Daniel Chester French.

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The Old North Cemetery is the very first burial ground in Concord.

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It is the final resting place of President Franklin Pierce, his wife, and two of his sons. It was established in 1730 and is on the National Register of Historic Place.

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