Cutter Park

(Once the site of Cutter's Hotel which burned in 1901. Now a park owned by the Village Improvement Society.)

Cutter Park from Thorndike Pond Road and Main Street. April 2016.

The land at the top of the hill where the flag pole stands was one of the lots purchased in 1785 by Isaac Adams from his son, Capt. Samuel Adams. It was sold to Capt. Jacob Danforth who came to town in 1792. Danforth built an inn which offered every convenience: bed and board, a tavern with dance hall, stables, and a blacksmith shop. Asa Brigham purchased the property in 1812, and had the misfortune of seeing the inn burn in 1816. Rebuilt the same year, it was sold in 1821 to Ethan Cutter. Three generations of Cutters thereafter owned and operated it. Ethan was succeeded by his son Jonas, who added buildings in 1870. Jonas retired in 1899, succeeded by his son Mortimer. Cutter's Hotel was known to all the travellers on the Turnpike. It burned to the ground on November 14, 1901.
         In 1909 the V.I.S. purchased the triangular plot of vacant land from Mortimer Cutter, adding it to a piece obtained from Miss Dora Tenney in front of her house (now the Woods') near the watering trough. Mortimer C. in 1910 built a new hotel, "Cutter House," diagonally across from the old place. In 1922 this building too was destroyed by fire.
         Source: Jaffrey Center, New Hampshire, Portrait of a Village by Coburn Kidd, 1975.

Numerous photographs and images of Cutter Park may be found at

A chapter in Marshal the Willing Forces on Cutter Park may be found at marshal.pdf