Henniker: Let the Book Browsing Begin
Tread carefully up the narrow staircase, crowded with volumes waiting to be filed. At the top, look up: An entire world of books rises before you, with categories including international relations and policy, wealth and poverty, notable Americans and American families, immigration and ethnicity, Judaica and the Holocaust, world histories organized by time period and geography, military histories organized by theater of war, travel literature organized by region and state, early American history, and the best African American history section I’ve ever seen in any country bookstore in New England, new or used. And those are just the highlights — you’ll have to visit in person to discover your own favorite hideaway here. Henniker is a college town, and the Depot is clearly the beneficiary of all those hungry minds.
Speaking of appetites, I usually head downtown to Daniel’s Restaurant & Pub for refueling after book shopping. To get there, continue along Depot Hill Road, past the old railroad station on your right, and down the slope. Swing around the town green and over the river — about a half-mile all told. Daniel’s is at 48 Main St. (603-428-7621;), in a circa-1840s building. The pub — serving a broad menu of soups and salads, sandwiches and burgers, pasta, seafood, and dinner entrees — is on the basement level. Tables nestle against the foundation’s old, soft bricks on one side, and on the other, against a bank of windows framed in warm, blond wood, looking out over the ever-changing Contoocook.