FAQ's About Keene

Q: How did the City of Keene acquire its name?

A. In 1753 New Hampshire Governor Benning Wentworth granted the township a charter and named the community Keene out of gratitude to and admiration for Sir Benjamin Keene, who was the British minister to Spain and who had used his influence, though unsuccessfully, to help Governor Wentworth obtain payment for some timber he had delivered to Cadiz, Spain. Visit the Cheshire County Historical Society for more interesting information regarding the history of Keene and other local communities.

Q: What school district is Keene in?

A: Keene is in SAU 29 they can be reached by calling (603) 357-9002, or visit the NH School Administrative Unit #29 website.

Q: Who is the local television company in Keene?

A: The current cable provider for Keene is Time Warner and their phone number is (603) 352-6421. Visit the Time Warner website for more details regarding services available.

Q: Who do I call for electricity in the City of Keene?

A: The local electric utility company in Keene is Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) and their phone number is 1-800-662-7764. Visit the PSNH website for more in depth information.

Q: Who are the providers of public transportation in Keene?

A: Local taxi service is provided by Ideal Taxi - (603) 352-1656 and by Adventure Taxi - (603) 357-2933. Local bus service is provided by the City Express - (603) 352-8494. Long distance transportation is provided by Vermont Transit Lines, a Greyhound Bus subsidiary - (800) 231-2222.

Q: Where can I get a map and visitor information about Keene?

A: The local Chamber of Commerce has maps of the Keene and Cheshire County areas. They also provide visitor information. Their phone number is (603) 352-1303 and their address is 48 Central Square.

Q: When is the Pumpkin Festival?

A: For more information call the event sponsor, Let It Shine, Inc., at (603) 352-4410 or visit the following websites:
Official Pumpkin Festival website
Sentinel Source website