Home / Travel Guides - Manchester

More About
Manchester, NH

About ManchesterLogging helped to sustain early settlers in Manchester, and by 1810 the first cotton and woolen mills were in operation. The village was on its way to becoming the American counterpart of its British namesake, then the largest textile producing city in the world. In 1831 a group of Boston financiers bailed out a struggling cotton mill called the Amoskeag Cotton and Woolen Factory and reincorporated it as the Amoskeag Manufacturing Co.

Nearly 5 million yards of cloth were shipped each week from the brick mills, which employed thousands of workers and covered more than 8 million square feet. The mills thrived until the 1920s when a combination of stresses on the industry such as obsolete machinery, labor unrest and strong competition from the South, sapped its strength. In 1935 Amoskeag filed for bankruptcy and the mills fell silent.

But Manchester was not doomed to obscurity. A group of local businessmen pooled $5 million, purchased the mile-long ranks of mills and reactivated them with a diversified array of industries. Manchester is the state's industrial giant as well as its largest city and the home of nearly 10 percent of its population.

Just as the mills and the company houses have new tenants, so does the fully restored 1915 Palace Theatre at 80 Hanover St. Known for its excellent acoustics and large stage, the theater hosts performances by the New Hampshire Philharmonic, the Opera League of New Hampshire and the theater's own professional company; phone (603) 668-5588.

Manchester also is noted for its association with Gen. John Stark, who was born in Londonderry in 1728 and moved with his family to Derryfield—now Manchester—when he was 8. Stark fought the Abenaki Indians with Maj. William Rogers and his Rogers' Rangers, a backwoods fighting team that is considered the forerunner of today's Army Rangers. Stark died in 1822, having outlived every Patriot general except Marquis de Lafayette. His childhood home stands at 2000 Elm St.; his grave is in Stark Park, off N. River Road overlooking the river.

Visitor Centers Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce 54 Hanover St. Manchester, NH 03101. Phone:(603)666-6600

ShoppingThe Mall of New Hampshire, 1500 S. Willow St., features JCPenney, Macy's and Sears. Elm Street and Hanover Street in downtown boast dozens of locally owned shops.

Things to Do The Currier Museum of Art

Zimmerman House

Institute of Art and Design at New England College

Lawrence L. Lee Scouting Museum and Max I. Silber Library

Manchester Historic Association Millyard Museum

SEE Science Center

Read More

Manchester, NH

Top AAA Diamond Hotels

AAA’s in-person hotel evaluations are unscheduled to ensure the inspector has an experience similar to that of members. To pass inspection, all hotels must meet the same rigorous standards for cleanliness, comfort and hospitality. These hotels receive a AAA Diamond designation that tells members what type of experience to expect.

Members save up to 15% and earn bonus Rewards points when booking AAA/CAA rates!

Best Western Plus Executive Court Inn & Conference Center

13500 S Willow St. Manchester, NH 03103

Book Now

Members save up to 10% and earn Honors points when booking AAA/CAA rates!

DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown

700 Elm St. Manchester, NH 03101

Book Now

Members save 5% or more and earn Marriott Bonvoy™ points when booking AAA/CAA rates!

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Manchester-Boston Regional Airport

975 Perimeter Rd. Manchester, NH 03103

Book Now

Members save up to 10% and earn Honors points when booking AAA/CAA rates!

Hilton Garden Inn Manchester Downtown

101 S Commercial St. Manchester, NH 03101

Book Now

call or visit a AAA Travel Agent Today!

Find a AAA Office

As a AAA member, you'll save even more. Your AAA Travel Agent will check to see if AAA Vacations is combinable with other AAA member benefits, plus cruise and tour past passenger discounts and benefits.

Not a Member?

Join Now