This weeks trip was to the town of Temple. Although Temple isn’t a large town, don’t let that fool you into driving thru it to go to somewhere else. Take the time to check out all of the views and  scenery on the side roads. This week, I tried out a new app on my phone, hoping to give you a better idea of the route I took…


All of the purple pins are places that I stopped, but not necessarily places I took pictures. I’m hoping to refine this so that I can number the pins and correspond them to a certain picture and enlarge it enough so that you can see the names of the roads. All that being said, I did my Temple route twice, once on Sunday, when the weather was kind of cold and dreary and again on Monday when the weather was perfect. So don’t be confused because you’ll see a cloudy image right next to a blue sky image, but all images were taken just for this blog.

I started my journey into Temple on Rte 101. I stopped at what is now known as the Temple Mountain State Reservation (formerly known as the Temple Mountain Ski Area. The view looking east is beautiful…



Half way down Temple Mountain, on the left, is Old Peterborough Road. It is a dirt road, but definitely worth driving. There are lots of pretty barns, fields and views of Pack Monadnock…





I saw what I thought, at first, was a beautiful barn, but it turned out to be quite a unique and beautiful home…


Just up the road from here was a quiet little lake. There was a granite boulder near the road the with the word “1938 Leighton Lake” inscribed on it…


Just past here, there are several pastures on the left with great views of Pack Monadnock. This photo was taken on Monday, with the sun just breaking thru the clouds, highlighting the peak…


Old Peterborough Road ends on Rte 45. I took a right, heading into Temple center. Here you will find quite a few photo worthy places, including town hall…


The church…


A Veterans Memorial…


A park…



And, just across the street…


There is even a British Pub! Leaving the center of town, I veered to the right onto Hadley Hwy (Rd), taking in the serenity and sights…



I turned around at the New Ipswich line and headed back into town. On Sunday, I had seen 2 beautiful horses in a pasture almost at the intersection of Hadley Road and Rte 45. On Monday, I got up the courage to knock on the door and ask if I could take some photos of the horses. Chris said “Sure! Go right on out into the pasture if you’d like.” So I did!



I spent quite a while with these handsome creatures before their friend came out to see what I was doing…


I’d like to thank Chris for giving me the opportunity to spend some time with her 4 legged family! From here, I headed back to Rte 101 and turned left. There is an old barn on Colburn Road. I’ve seen it hundreds of times (I travel Rte 101 often). The best view of it is from Rte 101…


I continued east until I reached Kindred Spirits, a very cool store with lots of country-style gifts, furniture and a variety of works from local crafts people (myself included)…


When I left Kindred Spirits, I headed west on Rte 101 since I was almost at the Wilton line. Not far is Power Road, another dirt road. There is a lovely stream that the road follows…



Just be aware that much of the land in this area is posted. Powers Road ends on Webster Hwy. I think it is funny that so many of these side road are called highway!  My first stop on Webster Hwy was Ben’s Sugar Shack http://www.bens-maple-syrup.com/


Ben gave me a tour and told me about the sugaring process. I got to see them making maple candy…



Maple Santas for the holiday season

Maple Santas for the holiday season



And it must have been my day for new 4 legged friends…


She seemed much more interested in posing for me, than the sugaring process!! As I continued on Webster Hwy, I was treated to an awesome sight…



I was amazed at how long they let me snap shots, before they disappeared into the brush. At the corner of Webster Hwy and Putnam Road is Touchstone Farm. I figured that since it had already worked once, there was no harm in knocking on the door and asking permission to take a look around. I spoke with Boo Martin, founder of Touchstone Farm and not only did she give me permission, but I was given a tour! Touchstone Farms is an incredible place!!! Not only in the scenic sense, but in what they do… http://touchstone-farm.org/ The programs that they offer are unequaled! Boo asked me if I knew of anyone that does dog sledding or skijouring. They are hoping to find someone willing to come to the farm as part of their winter activities. Since I don’t know anyone personally, I thought I would put it out there in the blog, maybe you know someone…




Touchstone Farm-0246



Touchstone Farm-0272


After leaving the farm, I retraced my route on Webster Hwy until I got to North Road. I went straight onto Converse Road. Converse is a dead end road about a mile and a half long, with plenty of room to turn around at the end. Along the way I saw an old stone house that has apparently been boarded up for about the last 20-25 years (that’s what I was told by someone who hunted that area before so much of it became posted)…


I would love to know the story, I’d also love to have the opportunity to see the inside! Next to the stone house was what is left of an old foundation…


There are many of these throughout NH but it always amazes me to see them and to think of the work that had to be done to make them all those years ago. I made my last stop on Converse after turning around at the end. I had seen, what I think, was probably an old hunting shack…


I returned to Webster Hwy, driving past many lovely homes and farms. I paused long enough to get a nice shot of North Pack Monadnock…


As I got closer to Rte 101, I saw one of the cutest barns/building of the day…


Just before you reach Rte 101, Old Revolutionary Road is on the right. One of the first things you’ll see is…


A roof with lots of character

A roof with lots of character

As you drive along, you will see quite a few historic homes and farms. Old Revolutionary Road ends on Rte 101, a right turn will bring you back to where our journey began.

I hope you enjoyed touring Temple with me, please feel free to comment below and to pass this post on to your friends. Also, if you get a chance to stop by any of the places I visited, please let them know how you found them!

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4 Comments on “Temple”

  1. Roy December 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    Great job nice to see pics of familar places

    • touringnh December 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

      Thanks Roy, I had a great time exploring Temple!

  2. Debbie January 30, 2013 at 3:07 am #

    Wow, trip down memory lane! My father was born & raised in Temple. His name, along with the of my uncle, is on the Temple Veteran’s Memorial that you photographed. Thanks for the memories!

    • Touring NH January 30, 2013 at 9:47 am #

      Hi Debbie, I’m glad I brought back some happy memories!

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