Please enjoy the Slide show of some Historical Landmarks I have seen during my travels.
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Acworth, NH-Sullivan County, pop 836 in 2000. It was settled in 1768 by several families from Londonderry, New Hampshire. It houses Crescent Lake, East Acworth, & South Acworth.
Albany, NH- Carroll County, pop 654 census in 2000. It is the entrance to Mt. Washington Valley. Peace activists have been going to the World Fellowship Center since 1941. Mount Chocorua & Mount Paugus are part of the picturesque view, along with a covered bridge spanning the Swift Water River. Tyna has canoed the river.
Alexandria, NH- Grafton County, pop 1,329 in 2000. It houses Newfound Lake, Wellington and Welton Falls State Parks, Mowglis Mountain (named for Rudyard Kiplings's Jungle Book hero). It was Luther C. Ladd's birthplace. Notable inhabitant includes the first enlisted soldier to lose his life in the Civil War.
Allenstown, NH- Merrimack County, pop 4,843 in 2000. Bear Brook State Park covers half the town. It has been known as Suncook and Blodgett. This is where my family moved to in 1969.
Alstead, NH- Cheshire County, pop 1,944 in 2000. It was one of nine forts to protect Southeastern New Hampshire from Indian attacks (1735.) Alstead was one of the towns to waiver allegiance during the Revolutionary War. It has been known as "Paper Mill Village". It houses Feuer State Forest.
Alton, NH-Belknap County, pop 4,502 in 2000. The Corkscrew was invented here. Notable summer inhabitant includes Al Jolson's (entertainer). It was known as “A Portrait in Granite” according to historian Barton M. Griffin. It houses Mount Major and Alton Bay. The Steamer "Mt. Washington" docks here after "Ice Out."
Amherst, NH-Hillsborough County, pop 10,769 in 2000. It has been known as "Narragansett Number3" and "Souhegan Number 3". President Franklin Pierce's wife, Jane Appleton, was born here. It houses Ponemah Bog Wildlife Sanctuary, Baboosic Lake and Hodgman State Forest.
Andover, NH-Merrimack County, pop 2,109 in 2000. It has been known as "New Breton". Blackwater River is the state's only "Class A" river. It houses East Andover, West Andover, Cilleyville, Bradley Lake, part of Ragged Mountain and Mount Kearsarge and Potter Place. Potter Place is named for the 1800's illusionist, Richard Potter. It was one of my favorite haunts in the 1960's.
Antrim, NH - Hillsborough County, pop 2,449 in 2000. It houses Antrim Center, North Branch, Clinton Village, South Village, Bald Mountain, Gregg Lake and Willard Pond. It was named for a county in Ireland. Its cutlery manufacturing industry ended in 1989.
Ashland, NH-Grafton County, pop 1,955 in 2000. It is the Geographical Center of NH. It was a part of Holderness, called "Holderness Village." It was at one time a mill town, now residential and recreation. Notable inhabitant includes abolitionist and conductor on Underground Railroad, Moses Cheney. Its borders are Little Squam Lake, Squam River, Owl Brook and the Pemigewasset River.
Atkinson, NH - Rockingham County, pop 6,178 in 2000. It houses Hog Hill and the oldest co-educational school in the county. Brad Delp singer of "Boston" and "Beatlejuice" resided here during his lifetime. President John Quincy Adams relatives lived here.
Auburn, NH- Rockingham County, pop 4,682 in 2000. It houses Mount Misery, Mount Miner, Miner Hill and the largest portion of Massabesic Lake. It has been known as Chester Woods, Chester Parish, and Long Meadow. The town is named after the poem by Oliver Goldsmith, "The Deserted Town".
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Barnstead, NH - Belknap County, pop 3,886 in 2000. Its name is from the two towns the settlers were from (Barnstable, Ma & Hempstead, NY). It houses, Locke Lake, Half Moon Lake, Center Barnstead, Barnstead Parade and the Suncook River runs through it.
Barrington, NH - Strafford County, pop. 7,475 in 2000. It houses, East Barrington, fourteen ponds, Beauty Hill, parts of Isinglass and Bellamy Rivers, Bumfagging Hill, Mendum's Pond and Swains Lake. It has been known as New Portsmouth or Two Mile Streak when it was part of Barrington/ Strafford town grants.
Bartlett, NH - Carroll County, pop 2,705 in 2000. It houses Glen, Lower Bartlett, Intervale, Mount Tremont, Mount Parker and Bear Mountain. The Saco River, Ellis River and Rocky Branch River run though the town. It houses two covered bridges. Glen is the center of town with the only street light. West Wing (TV Show) fictional character, Josiah Bartlet, was named after the founder of this town. Josiah Bartlet was one of three New Hampshire signers of the Declaration of Independence. He was the 1first chief executive to be called governor.
Bath, NH - Grafton County, pop 893 in 2000. It houses Nutter, Pettyboro, Swiftwater, Upper Village, West Bath, Gardner Mt., parts of the Connecticut River, Ammonoosuc & Wild Ammonoosuc rivers. It has 3 covered bridges covering the Ammonoosuc River. Town was named after the Earl of Bath.
Bedford, NH - Hillsborough County, pop. 18,274 in 2000. Bedford has many notable inhabitants. Dick & Mac McDonald (founders of McDonald's), Chris Carpenter (St Louis Cardinal, pitcher), Segway inventor-Dean Kamen, & many comedians, actors/actresses love it here. Pulpit Rock (Devil's Rock) Conservation Area & Holbrook Hill is housed here.
Belmont, NH-Belknap County, pop. 6,716 in 2000. This mill town was known as Upper Gilmanton until 1727. Also known as: Gardner’s Grove, Loch mere, Winnisquam, & Tioga. An excerpt from the 1844 school paper, Vermal Bud; starts: "May none of us this history spurn, for we may from it a lesson learn; of time's swift flight, and of changes great, that we are passing to a future state." & ends "Their virtues know and follow sure. Despite the bad and learn the pure." http://www.belmontnh.net/ for full poem.
Bennington, NH-Hillsborough County, pop. 1,401 in 2000. Name after the Battle of Bennington in Vt. Housed at the base of the Great Falls of Contoocook. It has a history of mills, from grist, tanning, tools to paper making at present. It is only 11.3 squares miles
Benton, NH-Grafton County, pop. 314 in 2000. Originally named Coventry. Later changed to Benton, after Senator Benton. Known for encouraging westward expansion via railroad, telegraph & Navigation. It houses a part Mount Moosilauke.
Berlin, NH-Coos County, pop. 10,331 in 2000. It houses the villages of Cascade & Berlin Mills, the Berlin Fish Hatchery and the Northern Forest Heritage Park. It was originally known as Maynesborough Plantation. The paper mill was its largest source of jobs. It was the largest supplier of newsprint at one time.
Bethlehem, NH-Grafton County, pop. 2,199 in 2000. It houses the Villages of Maplewood & Pierce Bridge, the Cushman & Strawberry State Forests. It was named on the last Christmas Day in the century. It is known as “the highest town in New Hampshire.
Boscawen, NH -Merrimack County, pop.3, 672 in 2000. The town postmaster in 1846 was one of 12 in the country to issue provisional postage stamps. Stamps were not official until 1847. The town houses the State of NH Veteran's Cemetery. One of the first log forts to protect us from the Indian was built here (Fort Contoocook)
Bow, NH- Merrimack County, pop. 7,138 in 2000. The town is named after a bend (or bow) in the Merrimack River. Two people born here were; a member of the Louis & Clark expedition, Sgt. John Ordway, and the founder of the Christian Science movement, Mary Baker Eddy.
Bradford, NH- Merrimack County, pop. 1,454 in 2000. It house 14 of New Hampshire's tallest White Pine Trees, Belmont Covered Bridge, Box Corner, & Bradford, Center. Original name was New Bradford, then Bradfordton until 9 days after the constitution was adopted in 1787.
Brentwood, NH-Rockingham County, pop 3,228 in 2000. Is the county seat. The original settlers were the Pennacook Abenaki Tribes who forged 2 main trails, which are still used today. Brentwood's rural quality remains with the development of the Rockingham County Botanical Gardens. A meetinghouse placement dispute divided Brentwood into 2 parts. The other known as Keeneborough Parish.
Bristol, NH-Grafton County, pop. 3,033 in 2000. Its website claims "Gateway to Newfound Lake", of which it houses the lower two thirds of the lake. The town’s clay was used to make “Bristol Bricks", its namesake in England clay was used for fine china. Notable past summer residents include writer, John Cheever (Falconer 1977) & inventor Thomas A. Watson (telephone- Bell's assistant).
Brookfield, NH-Carroll County, pop. 604 in 2000. Originally known as Coleraine as a part of Middleton. Later Middleton went to Strafford County & Brookfield became part of Carroll. Moose Mountain divided these two towns.
Brookline, NH-Hillsborough County, pop. 4,181 in 2000. It has had several names over there years. I began as part of Dunstable, Ma, then became West Hollis, Raby, & finally Brookline. It houses several National Register Historic sites, as well as, the Talbot-Taylor Wildlife Sanctuary.
Please enjoy the Slide show of some Historical Landmarks I have seen during my travels.