Nubanusit Brook begins at the outlet of Nubanusit Lake in Nelson, New Hampshire. The brook flows south into Harrisville, interrupted by Harrisville Pond and Skatutakee Lake, then flows east to the MacDowell Reservoir (constructed for flood control) in Peterborough. The brook turns south, passes the village of West Peterborough, and reaches the Contoocook River after passing through Peterborough village.
Nubanusit Brook was very important to the establishment and development of Harrisville and Peterborough because many dams were built along it to provide water power to mills. These included substantial textile mills in Harrisville, West Peterborough, and Peterborough, as well as smaller mills along the brook's course.
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