How did the coming of the railroad impact New England communities like Keene, NH? Walk the Cheshire Railtrail through downtown Keene with Historical Society of Cheshire County executive director Alan Rumrill. Learn about the arrival of Keene’s first train in 1848. Visit the sites where many industrial firms found success along the tracks in the downtown area.

Ticketing Details

Tickets are $10/person. Tickets must be pre-purchased on within 24 hours of the tour day/time. No walk-up tickets will be available at this time. Tour guides do not carry money.

Space is limited to 8 people per tour. Tours meet at the Walldogs sign on the corner of Main Street and Railroad Street in Keene. Bring a printed copy of your ticket or show it on your smartphone to the tour guide.

Wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather.

For private and group tour information please email our Education Director, Jennifer Carroll at

COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures

Historical Society of Cheshire County

COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures

We look forward to welcoming you to a guided walking tour of The Bad Ass Women of Keene.  At this time we must limit the tours to an 8 person maximum. Below are the visitor Covid-19 safety guidelines to help orient you before you arrive and ensure you get the most out of your experience.

By purchasing a walking tour ticket from the Historical Society, you agree to abide by these policies.

Masks are required for all visitors at all times.

CDC guidelines advise that masks should reach above the nose, below the chin, and completely cover the mouth and nostrils, fitting snugly against the side of the face.



Wash hands and use hand sanitizer.

Help prevent the spread of germs by washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before your tour.


Social distancing is required at all times.

Visitors and staff must keep at least 6 feet from others on outdoor walking tours.


Stay home if you are feeling sick or symptomatic.

Please do not join the tour if you or anyone in your party has experienced any symptoms related to Covid-19 in the past 14 days. Staff will be performing self-health checks before coming into work.


Walking tours admission.

All visitors, including members, must purchase or reserve tickets more than 24 hours in advance. No walk-up tickets will be available at this time. Tickets are available for purchase in advance online: click                                 link here to purchase tickets.


Have a happy and healthy tour experience.

Bring water, hand sanitizer, tissues, and a spare mask with you. Be prepared to stand or walk for 1.5 to 2 hours and to be outside throughout your tour.


Listen to your Educator.

Historical Society staff must enforce these guidelines to ensure the safety of everyone on our tours. Please make sure to follow their directions.