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Dalton, NH-Coos County, pop. 927 in 2000. It was originally known as Chiswick, which included Littleton, Lisbon & Dalton. Then a part was named Apthrop. In 1784 the area was divided into two, Littleton & Dalton. It houses Cushman and Scott.
Danbury, NH- Merrimack, NH, pop. 1,071 in 2000. It is not an original colonial land grant. Alexandria was divided by a mountain, making it difficult for the town to meet all together. It decided to create two towns. Today’s Danbury includes land from Wilmot and Hill as well.
Danville, NH- Rockingham County, pop. 4,023 in 2000. It was originally a parish of Kingston, known as Hawke when incorporated, then later renamed Danville. It houses North Danville, South Danville, and the Hawke Meeting House, the oldest standing meeting house in New Hampshire.
Deerfield, NH-Rockingham County, pop. 3,678 in 2000. It was originally a parish of Nottingham. I read two stories about how it was named Deerfield. One was because of founding families being from Deerfield Massachusetts. Two while waiting for the passing of its second separation petition from Nottingham, two hunters gave a deer to Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth soon after “Deerfield” became incorporated. It houses Deerfield Center, Deerfield Parade, Leavitts Hill, South Deerfield, Mt. Deligh and “The Oldest New England Family Fair”. It was given consideration to be our states’ capital, because of its location between Concord and Portsmouth.
Deering, NH-Hillsborough County, pop. 1,875 in 2000. It houses East Deering, Holton, West Deering and the Tom Rush Forest, the former estate of folk singer Tom Rush. Ebenezer Locke is buried here. He is reported to have fired the first shot at the Battle of Lexington, “the shot heard around the world”, starting the American Revolution. Deering was originally part of Cumberland or Society Land.
Derry, NH –Rockingham County, pop 34,021. It is the fourth largest populous community in New Hampshire. It was a part of Londonderry for over a century. It houses Chases Grove, Collette’s Grove, Derry Village, Howards Grove, and the Robert Frost Farm. The two oldest private schools in America were founded here. Pinkerton Academy is still in operation today. Adams Female Seminary is closed. It has many notable inhabitants, from an Astronaut, Alan B. Shepherd, SSGT Michael Butka (The reason for “Where in the State is Mom?”), to the world-record-holding video game competitor, David Nelson.
Dorchester, NH-Grafton County, pop 353 in 2000. It houses Bucks Corner, Cheever, and North Dorchester. It was granted three times due inability to meet settlement agreement terms. It first moderator was one of the first settlers of Odiorne Point, NH.
Dover, NH-Stratford County, pop 26,884 in 2000. It houses Bellamy, Cocheco, Gates Corner, Sawyers, Wentworth Terrace, Children Museum of New Hampshire and the Woodman Institute Museum. It is the oldest permanent settlement in New Hampshire & the seventh oldest in the United States. The Abenaki Indians called it Wechamet, the Hilton brothers called it Hilton’s Point, but as one of the four original colonial townships it is known as Dover.
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Dublin, NH-Cheshire County, pop 1,476. It houses Bonds Corner and Yankee Publishing which includes Yankee Magazine and the Old Farmer’s Almanac. It was one of eight towns originally designed as a number. It was known as Monadnock # 3 or North Monadnock. It was Mark Twain’s summer resident for two years. Other notable residents include artist Abbot Handerson Thayer and Granny D who at 94 years old run for a U.S. Senate seat in 2004.
Dummer, NH-Coos County, pop 309 in 2000. It houses Paris and Cow Mountain. It was named after the Massachusetts Governor who negotiated a treaty with the Indians that lasted twenty years.
Dunbarton, NH-Merrimack County, pop 2,226 in 2000. It has been known as Gorham’s Town, Starkstown and in 1765 became Dunbarton. Notable residents have included the French & Indian War commander of Roger’s Rangers, Robert Rodgers and poet Robert Lowell. It houses Bailey’s Corner, Dunbarton Center and Pages Corner. Below is the ending of his poem The Drunken Fisherman: …When shallow waters peter out. I will catch Christ with a greased worm, And when the prince of Darkness stalks My bloodstream to it Stygian term…On water the Man-Fisher walks.
Durham, NH-Stratford County, pop 12,664 in 2000. Originally a part of Dover known as Oyster River Plantation. Durham included Madbury, Lee and Newmarket at one time. It currently houses Oyster River and the University of New Hampshire (UNH). Notable inhabitants have included a NHL player, several writers, inventor of the Stillson wrench, benefactor of UNH, and soldiers from the Revolutionary War.
East Kingston, NH-Rockingham County, pop 1,784 in 2000. It was originally part of Kingston, known as Kingston East Parish along with Sandown & Danville. It houses Monahan’s Cornet and Powwow River. One notable past resident was Daniel Webster’s father, Ebenezer Webster. One time industry included the New England Brick company and a saw/grist mill.
Easton, NH-Grafton County, pop 256 in 2000. It houses Wildwood. Originally part of Landaff known Eastern Landaff. Mount Kinsman, the Kinsman Range, and Kinsman were named after a onetime settler of Easton, Asa Kinsman.
Eaton, NH-Carroll County, pop 375 in 2000. It houses Eaton Center, Snowville, Crystal Lake, the Little White Church and the girls camp Waukeela. Until 185 Madison was part of Eaton. It eastern border is the State of Maine.
Effingham, NH-Carroll County, pop 1,273. It houses Center Effingham or Drake’s Corner, Chases Mill, Effingham Falls, Grape Corner, Pine River, South Effingham, Pine River State Forest and Lord’s Hill. It also housed North Effingham until it became Freedom, NH in 1831.
Ellsworth, NH-Grafton County, pop 87 in 2000. Originally known as Trecothick, it remains the second smallest populous in New Hampshire.
Enfield, NH-Grafton County, pop 4,618 in 2000. It houses Eastman, Enfield Center, Upper Shaker Village, Lower Shaker Village, and Lockehaven. La Salette Brotherhood of Montreal occupies the former Shaker community area. For a short time Enfield was known as Relhan.
Epping, NH-Rockingham County, pop 5,476 in 2000. It was part of Exeter, one of the last town grants by Massachusetts governor before New Hampshire became independent. It houses Camp Hedding, Martin Crossing, North Epping, West Epping, and the New England Dragway. The first commercial Brickyard was established here. Three former New Hampshire governors resided here.
Epsom, NH-Merrimack County, pop 4,021 in 2000. It houses Epsom Circle, Gossville, New Rye, Short Falls, and Epsom Four Corners. It was one of the seven town grants by Massachusetts before New Hampshire’s independence.
Errol, NH-Coos County, pop 298 in 2000. It was one of the last town grants from the Wentworth Governors. It is bordered by Maine northern border.
Exeter, NH-Rockingham County, pop 14,058 in 2000. It houses Dows Corner, Gooch Corner, Haynes Corner, Jady Hill, Perkins Hill and the American Independence Museum. At one time it housed Epping, Newmarket, Newfield and Brentwood, as well. It original name was Squamscott. It was the birthplace for the sculpture of the Lincoln Memorial figure
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