Local Resources

Walpole is a classic New England village, located on the Connecticut River in Cheshire County. We are proud of our agricultural heritage which includes the oldest operating family dairy farm in the America, Great Brook Farm. We are also home to nationally recognized Burdick Chocolate, as well as filmmaker Ken Burns' Florentine Films. And those are just a few of our very justified claims to fame!

Galloway Real Estate serves not only Walpole, but also Alstead, Langdon, Acworth and Charlestown - the communities that make up the Fall Mountain Regional School District.

Schools: Walpole's  K-8 students go to the local primary, elementary and middle school programs, and go to Fall Mountain Regional High School for grades 9-12. Acworth, Alstead, and Langdon k-8 students go to local primary and elementary schools, and all attend Vilas Middle School.  Charlestown k-8 students attend local primary, elementary and middle schools Our high school students are competitive in soccer, football, volleyball, cross country, basket ball, cross country skiing, softball, baseball, and track. Congratulations to Boys Nordic Ski Team, state champions in 2011!  FMRHS students also enjoy an exceptional theater program and a comprehensive music program. And - 56% of the class of 2015 continued their education at two or four year schools; 39% entered the work force and 5% joined the military. Click here to learn more about the FM schools.

In addition to our fine public schools, residents of Walpole have easy access to several independent schools. The Putney Grammar School has bus pick up in the center of Walpole. Also in Putney, Vermont is The Putney School. Right across the Connecticut River, in Bellows Falls, Vermont, is The Compass School, an innovative independent school. Less than twenty minutes west is Vermont Academy in Saxton’s River, Vermont. The Northfield Mount Hermon School is less than an hour south in Massachusetts.

The Town Hall is the center of political life in our communities.  The Town Hall in  Walpole sits on our Common. Register your car, license your dog – or attend an event in the Helen Miller Theater upstairs, home to the Walpole Players Theater company. Walpole residents meet here every March, to determine through our votes how our town will be managed. We have a three-person selectboard as well as town committees which meet regularly to do the town’s business.  The Town Hall in Langdon  has had more than 200 annual town meetings - more than any other town hall in NH.  The Langdon Heritage Commission langdonheritage.org/ is actively restoring and maintaining the Town Hall.

 

The Walpole library is an architectural gem, nestled on Main Street. The stone pillared front porch is a favorite spot for kids to wait for their ride home – and inside is a modern library, with all the services you would expect in a much bigger town! 

Alstead's 1910 Shedd-Porter Library is another local treasure, and was named in December 2010 to the National, Register of HIstoric Places.

Great Brook Farm, where you can get raw milk, ground beef, honey, syrup and eggs at The Milkhouse store, is not the only farm in town. Walpole has more working dairy farms than any other town in New Hampshire!

There are also organic pastured hens, eggs, pork and more at Walpole Valley Farms Apples, peaches, plums and more are available at Alyson’s Orchard. These two farms were identified as 2011 NH Farms of Distinction. Homestead Farm offers vegetables, berries and Christmas Trees. Pete’s Stand is now run by Pete's grandson, John, and offers vegetables and fruits all season.  Breshear's Farm Stand in Alstead offers plants in the spring as well as produce all season long.

Maple syrup production is an annual event in our communities.  In Walpole, Dave and Andy Westover continue the tradition at the Great Brook Farm Sugar House, one of seven in Walpole alone.  The Putnam family operation is in Charlestown.  In Acworth, the Bascom family www.bascommaple.com/ has been producing maple products for generations. The Clark family has been doing the same in Langdon, where they also produce buffalo for the local market.

Maple syrup from sap isn't the only liquid magic that happens here - The Mountain View Winery on Barnett Hill in Walpole offers the total vineyard experience.  The grapes grow on windswept Barnett Hill, open to visitors.  The wines are available at the vineyard as well as in local markets.  bhvineyard.com/

Abenaki Springs organic farm for vegetable, Brookfield Farm for grass fed beef and lamb, Fanny Mason cheese, maple syrup – the list of local food produced here can go on and on. Ask us!

Pinnacle View Farm Equipment is a Walpole business that provides farm, industrial, recreational, and outdoor power equipment both new and used. And they have done so for 80 years!

One of the signs of a vibrant community committed to supporting local and regional food producers is the current effort to create a new food co-op in Walpole. Visit their site to learn more about this exciting proposal They take their name from the Connecticut – the river that is our western boundary, the river whose valley creates so many of our views.

Our area is home to a wide variety of artists and craftspeople, and many of them belong to the Walpole Artisans' Cooperative. walpoleartisans.org/ They sell their work in the Gallery, on Main Street in Walpole, and sponsor tours of the artists' studios every November.

Walpole has an active historical society, headquartered in the Academy building which was the local high school until 1954. The society is active in genealogy research as well as collecting, maintaining, documenting and displaying items from an extensive collection including historical costume. Click http://walpolehistory.org to learn more about the Historical Society.

Outdoor recreation is one of the great advantages of country living. Walpole has a nine-hole golf course based at the top of Prospect Hill, miles of snowmobile trails that could take you to Canada, and nearly 30 parcels of protected conservation land, both wooded and agriculture. Walpole is also part of the Rails to Trails network.