The 1st Downtown Nashua Historic Bike Tour Urban Heritage (Bike) Guide-Alan S. Manoian
September 15, 2015
A part of the “TD Bank “Better Living Series”
Saturday, September 26th 9:00AM-10:30AM, Bike Tourists meet at Rotary Common
Contact: Alison Bankowski on Facebook
Get a feel for Downtown Nashua’s first historic bike tour from the guide Alan S. Manoian! Don’t forget to register for this awesome event!
In his first published work, “A Week on the Concord & Merrimack Rivers” (1849), Henry David Thoreau wrote, “We glided past the mouth of the Nashua, and not long after, of Salmon Brook, without more pause than the wind.” Nashua’s legendary and deeply historic Salmon Brook as it passes under Main Street at Rotary Common will be the starting location for the Historic Bike Tour.
Cyclists will head north along Main Street pausing at the 1878 “Gothic Revival” Seth D. Chandler House & the 1886 “Queen Anne” Charles H. Burke House; next north along Main Street the group pauses at the grand 1939 Nashua City Hall Building with its crowning “Choragic Monument of Lysicrates” and Eagle in the “act of alighting”. The route continues northward pausing to admire the architecture of the monumental “Richardsonian Romanesque” 1892 Odd Fellows Building, northward to a stop at the Main Street Bridge and a gaze upriver at the historic and massive 19th century red-brick Nashua Manufacturing Company cotton-textile mill buildings, and downriver at the Jackson Falls Dam and 1866 Nashua & Lowell Railroad Building (today’s Peddler’s Daughter).
The group crosses to the north-side of the Nashua River and makes a quick stop at Deschenes Park and Railroad Square, then onward to the top of Library Hill and Monument Square for a fascinating stop that will highlight the “Neo-Gothic” 1903 John M. Hunt Memorial Building, the grand “Richardsonian Romanesque” 1893 First Congregational Church & Carillon Tower, the majestic 1889 Nashua Soldiers & Sailors (Civil War) Monument & the “Classical” 1802 Daniel Abbot House “Father of Nashua”.
The Tour moves northward along Concord Street and past the grand late 19th and early 20th century Mansion Houses originally built by many of Nashua’s most prominent and influential families. Several stops along the west-side of Concord Street will feature residential architectural examples of Gothic Revival, Queen Anne, Italianate, Chateau, Tudor Revival and Colonial Revival.
The northern end of the loop is historic Greely Park. A brief story of how and why J. Thorton Greeley willed his ancient family farm to the City of Nashua in 1896 to be transformed into a passive and ornamental public common, and serving as a purposefully-designed rural oasis for the nearby industrialized urban city center.
Returning southward the Group will travel along the east-side of Concord Street pausing to discover more great examples of Gothic Revival, Queen Anne, Italianate, Chateau, Tudor Revival and Colonial Revival residential architecture. The group will cross the Nashua River at the Main Street Bridge and travel up the Water Street Ramp and over for a ride along the front of the historic Nashua Millyard District. We will stop to point out the impressive architecture and distinctive features of (1857) Mill #1, (1867) Mill #2, (1835) Mill #3 and (1845) Mill#4, and over for a gaze at the iconic 1881 Nashua Manufacturing Co. Chimney.
We will then travel over to and down along Vine Street in the old West-Side “today known as the Tree Streets” Neighborhood, and then to West Hollis Street, eastward towards Main Street and back down to conclude the Loop Tour back at Salmon Brook and Rotary Common.