Well, I guess the sign says it all. But what is Dunbarton the “Best” of?

It is the best place to unload your ATV or snowmobile and explore the Hopkinton-Everett Trails Area.


I didn’t hike any of the trails, but I did stop along the road to the parking area and check out the views…




Pretty ice formation in the middle of the road


It is one of the best places to stop and take a picture of how to build a road in a flood control plain…


It is the best place to see a mural of Patches & Polly. Note the plaque to the left of the barn door, Dunbarton has an amazing number of well maintain/restored historic homes and buildings.





It is the best place to take in the views overlooking the Kuncanowet Town Forest and Conservation Area…



It is also one of the best places to see a smiling carved bear…


Or spend some time enjoying the sunlight over the marsh…


Dunbarton certainly can claim to be the “Best” of many things, but, perhaps its least bragged about is the fact it is the “Best” place to find the geographical center of New England! According to an article published in the Boston Globe in 2008, the center of New England is located at 43.117199 degrees latitude and -71.593498 degrees longitude which places it in Dunbarton!

Have you ever visited Dunbarton? What did you think it was “Best” of?

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13 Comments on “Dunbarton”

  1. marthaschaefer January 13, 2016 at 1:19 pm #

    Love the stone building. Was it a barn? Did I miss the town sign?

    • Touring NH January 13, 2016 at 1:28 pm #

      I’m not sure what the purpose of the stone building was. I t may have been the blacksmith shop. I did take a picture of the town sign, but decided to use the “Dunbarton is the Best” sign instead.

  2. Sue Slaght January 13, 2016 at 11:19 pm #

    The view of the river is stunning. What a beautiful perspective to see it from.

    • Touring NH January 13, 2016 at 11:24 pm #

      Thank you Sue. Winter has definitely arrived. So chilly by the river.

  3. New Hampshire Garden Solutions January 13, 2016 at 11:28 pm #

    This is another town I’ve never visited, I’m afraid. It looks like a nice quiet place and sure has some great views!

    • Touring NH January 13, 2016 at 11:29 pm #

      You’d really enjoy the hiking trails. It’s definitely close enough to warrant a visit.

  4. Jeff Bell January 14, 2016 at 3:27 pm #

    I like the wreath on the historic building. Very cool.

    • Touring NH January 14, 2016 at 5:25 pm #

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      Thanks Jeff.

  5. Marie Keates January 18, 2016 at 10:33 am #

    That little stone building is lovely and the carved bear reminds me of the ones I saw in Toronto.

    • Touring NH January 18, 2016 at 12:19 pm #

      Aren’t chainsaw carvings cool!?

  6. Myron Bridges December 2, 2016 at 6:13 pm #

    Is there any commemoration or site plaque of the Rogers’ homestead of Robert Rogers fame in Dunbarton?

  7. Jonathan Lefebvre January 22, 2019 at 4:50 pm #

    The beautiful stone structure is the Waite Blacksmith Shop and was built by Jonathon Waite. Originally located on the north side of Grapevine Road and built from stone cut from the Guinea Road area, it was moved stone by stone to its present day location on Stark Highway North and is now part of the Dunbarton Historical Society’s Museum.

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