Concord's most notable and noticeable landmark has got to be the State House. Its giant golden dome is visible from almost anywhere downtown, and it has presided over everything from livestock auctions to protest rallies.
Built in 1819, the State House is the oldest capitol building in the United States in which the legislature uses its original chambers. Step inside, and the history it houses is immediately evident.
The front door opens up to the Hall of Flags with its statuesque Doric columns rising to the ceiling. The hall houses 107 war-torn flags that were carried by New Hampshire soldiers, some dating back all the way to the Civil War. The hall of flags also houses a tribute to astronaut Alan Shepard, complete with real moon rocks!
Down a hall and up a flight of stairs, and you're where all the action happens. The Hall of Representatives hosts 400 state legislators who make the decisions that shape our state. Right across the hall is the Senate chamber. If you're lucky, you can sneak a peek into the governor's reception room (if Gov. John Lynch isn't too busy entertaining foreign dignitaries, that is).
People from all across the globe stop at the State House when they travel to Concord. If you live here, how could you not check it out? There are far more treasures than can fit on these pages. To really immerse yourself in New Hampshire's history, you must see it for yourself.