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Local pair highlights what’s cool about Peterborough

  • Rory Hurley and Eddie Gomez of Drum Production Studio highlight Peterborough's hidden gems for the Economic Development Authority's social media efforts. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Rory Hurley and Eddie Gomez of Drum Production Studio highlight Peterborough's hidden gems for the Economic Development Authority's social media efforts. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Rory Hurley and Eddie Gomez of Drum Production Studio highlight Peterborough's hidden gems for the Economic Development Authority's social media efforts. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 10:24AM

When you think of Peterborough, abolitionist history probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But did you know there’s a former Underground Railroad stop right here on Union Street?

“It’s called the Moses Cheney House,” said Rory Hurley. “It was a place for people to stay when they were on the Underground Railroad. Obviously, you didn’t have to hide when you were this far north ... Frederick Douglass stayed there twice.”

Hurley and his business partner Eddie Gomez run Drum Video Productions, the company tasked by the Peterborough Economic Development Authority with running Peterborough’s social media account – @peterborough.works_nh on Instagram. 

“I think people like to be tied to something historic – it’s a sense of town pride,” Gomez said. 

Town pride is what the EDA’s social media presence is all about, as Gomez and Hurley share “Secrets Of Peterborough,” showcasing Our Town’s hidden gems, like the Cheney house, Peterborough’s ties to the Lusitania, and many other historic curiosities. And it’s not just history, either; they shine a light on the coolest things happening in Peterborough.

“We’re trying to get young people – 23 to 39 – interested in this area,” Gomez said. “Entrepreneurs, young families -showing them that this is a good place to live. That’s our ultimate goal.”

Gomez moved to Peterborough himself about four years ago, so it’s not hard for him to put himself in the shoes of a potential future resident, and the pair’s approach to social media reflects that.

“An outsider perspective is that Peterborough is a little pretentious – that’s what I’ve heard – so to be more laid back, slightly informal is one of our goals for sure,” Gomez said. 

“For young people, they might view Peterborough as too old a community, but really, it’s a range of people,” Hurley said.

Check out @peterborough.works_nh on Instagram and learn more about Drum Production Studio at www.drumproductionstudio.com.