About the Tour

Small in size but big on charm, Hancock, NH is recognized as one of the prettiest villages in New England.  The Hancock Woman’s Club invites you to enjoy a day in Hancock with the additional privilege of seeing gardens and homes not typically open to the public.


 Samuel Chamberlain’s Six New England Villages was published in 1948.  He included Hancock as New Hampshire’s prime example.   In his foreword he writes:


 'The author's ideal New England village is small enough to be concentrated in a single street. It has a broad village green, an old church, a schoolhouse, a good inn, one general store and a post office. It has architectural distinction and historical significance. “


 On Saturday, July 21st you are invited to see how dedicated individuals and community organizations have restored and maintained the village of Hancock to Chamberlain’s standards.


Historic Homes & Summer Gardens 


Saturday, July 21, 2018.

10AM ~ 4PM

Tickets are $20 in advance  /  $25 on the day of the Tour.

Five distinctive homes and six gardens will be showcased from 10am to 4pm.  View 100-200 year old restored homes that maintain their grace and charm even with some modern improvements. Luscious gardens on the tour vary from English to off-the-grid.  A Therapy Garden and a Pollinator Garden will be a must for those interested in specialty gardens.  Margaret Hensel, noted gardener & landscape designer and author will be visiting one the gardens during the Tour.  She will give 2 talks during the day on “Creating the Cottage Style”.

The Hancock Historical Society and the Hancock Meetinghouse have seen major restoration and improvement projects during the last several years. These will be open for attendees. Main Street itself has been restored and improved without changing it's character and charm. Note: the Historical Society will be open until 2pm


Also as part of the Tour, the Club will hold a Craft Boutique. Numerous craftsmen and artisans from the area will offer an array of one-of-a-kind works with a variety of price tags.


The Historical Society Museum will be open for visitors from 10am - 2pm to view their extensive collection of archives and artifacts that include such items as furniture, tools, military items, instruments, paintings and glass.  Donations are welcomed.


For Lunch, the Tour will offer a delicious boxed lunch to be purchased in advance for $15.  Attendees may also bring a own lunch and picnic on the Green.  Music from accomplished musicians will entertain picnickers between 11:30 & 1:30. 

Musicians will entertain picnickers on the Green between 11:00 & 1:00.  And actors from Project Shakespeare will perform during their intermission at 12:00.

For more information email us

or call:

603-525-4970,   603-525-9451 or 603-525-8011

Finally as a perfect ending to a perfect day, The Historic Hancock Inn, which has also put on a new face in recent years, will be open and host a  Wine & Nibbles between 2pm - 4pm.  Come and enjoy a glass of wine and some nibbles in the Tavern or on the Terrace.  Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 or on arrival at the Inn for $20.