Horatio Colony II
Horatio Colony II (1900-1977) was raised in a family of successful mill owners whose history in Keene dates back to 1761. He attended public schools in Keene, Philips Exeter Academy and Harvard. After graduating from college in 1922, he traveled abroad. Returning home, Horatio worked in the family business, both at the mill in Keene and at the family owned Cheshire Mill in Harrisville, New Hampshire. Writing was a passion from an early age for Horatio. He wrote his first play, William Penn’s Peace Treaty with the Indians, in seventh grade. Around this time his mother encouraged him to keep a diary, which he continued throughout his life. Perhaps this helped in the development of his literary talents. His novel, Free Forester, gained notoriety when published by Little, Brown and Company in 1935. From that year until 1972, he published eleven volumes of verse and two plays. A two-volume set of collected writings was published after his death.Horatio and his wife Mary Curtis traveled the world. Items purchased during their travels still adorn their home at 199 Main Street, along with heirlooms inherited from both Horatio and Mary’s families.Horatio established his home to become a museum upon his death in 1977.