Keene, New Hampshire was first granted in 1735 as Upper Ashuelot to soldiers in the wars against Canada, and intended to be a fort town. Establishment of the Massachusetts-New Hampshire boundary in 1753 made it one of the largest towns in New England.
Under regrant by the New Hampshire governor, the town was named Keene, in honor of Sir Benjamin Keene of England, an associate of Governor Wentworth in the Spanish West Indies trade.
Keene was incorporated as a city in 1873, and is home to Keene State College which is located near the center of town.
Today, Keene has developed into the regional primary shopping, business, and commerce center. Downtown Keene features boutique hotels, several restaurants, retails stores, and has become a busy shopping destination due in part to New Hampshire's 0% sales tax.
The Lane Hotel, 30 Main Street, Keene, NH 03431 Ph: 603-357-7070
The Lane Hotel provides a true boutique hotel experience in charming downtown Keene, New Hampshire. A treasured gem full of history and nestled in the heart of the Monadnock Mountain region. The Lane offers 40 uniquely styled guest rooms, all preserving historical charm while giving way to well appointed modern features and amenities.