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Sullivan County

Acworth

Acworth was originally chartered in 1752, incorporated in 1766 and named after Sir Jacob Acworth, an English Admiral with interests in Portsmouth shipping.  Acworth is a small charming New England town with a population slightly less than 950 citizens located just east of the Connecticut River. The town's stately Meeting House, built in 1821 and now the Congregational Church, and the Acworth Silsby Library are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Nearby Honey Brook State Forest, Long Pond Town Forest and Pillsbury State Park are protected lands offering miles of hiking trails as well as many ponds and lakes for fishing and swimming.  If you enjoy skiing, Acworth is close to several resorts in both New Hampshire and Vermont.

 

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Claremont

Settled in 1762, and Sullivan county's only city (population 12,963), Claremont is named for Englishman Lord Clare's estate.

Downtown Claremont's early development was tied to the water power provided by the Sugar River.  Textile, paper, and machinery mills played a major role in Claremont's industrial heritage.  The surrounding hills were dotted with working farms.

Today, the brick mill buildings have found new uses as the city capitalizes on its location close to the I-91 corridor, and the diverse Dartmouth/Mount Sunapee region.

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Croydon

Chartered in 1763 and is named after a suburb of London.

Today, Croydon is a rural town that is conveniently situated near both the Dartmouth and Lake Sunapee tourist regions in the Connecticut River watershed.  There is close access to I-89 from the western and eastern ends of this sprawling town.  The highest point is Croydon Peak at 2,760 ft.  In Rockybound Pond, anglers can fish for several freshwater species.

As of 2019, Croydon students in grades K-4 attend school in town.  Students in grades 5-12 may attend the middle/high schools of choice (except Grantham).  If the tuition rate of the selected school is higher than the rate at Newport middle/high schools, families must pay the difference.  Families are also responsible for student transportation.

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Goshen

The town of Goshen, a quintessential New England town, is nestled in the foothills of Mount Sunapee in Sullivan County.  Comprised of Mill Village and Goshen Four Corners, it is home to the Franklin Pierce Lead Mine and Lake Gunnison known as "The Goshen Ocean."

The Lake Gunnison area provides hiking, kayaking, and spectacular mountain views.  Nearby Mount Sunapee Ski Resort, with 66 trails, is perfect for skiers and snowboarders of all ages.

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Grantham

Chartered in 1761, Grantham is the home of the Center at Eastman. It has an 18 hole golf course, a 325 acre lake, 13 tennis courts and 30 kilometers of trails. Except for the lake, access to these amenities is limited for the residents of Grantham.

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Lempster

Lempster is a small friendly town located in the Upper Valley/Lake Sunapee region of New Hampshire.  A rural community, the total population is just slightly more that 1,000 citizens.

The town is home to New Hampshire's first wind farm which began operation in 2008.  The 12 turbines are located on top of Bean Mountain, a knob on the North-South ridge of Lempster Mountain.

Historic buildings include seven school houses and the Lempster Meeting House, built in 1794.

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Newport

"The Sunshine Town," Newport is a friendly town nestled in the hills of western New Hampshire in the scenic upper Connecticut River Valley.  It is conveniently located between I-89 and I-91.

A rural community with a population of 6,000 citizens, Newport has continued to grow while protecting its country lifestyle.  It remains an affordable area, well suited to business, family, and outdoor activities.  Located close to Mount Sunapee and Lake Sunapee the area offers plenty of skiing, golf, hiking, boating and fishing.

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Springfield

Springfield is a lovely rural residential community just minutes from the Upper Valley, Lake Sunapee, and Mount Sunapee.

The town was first settled in 1769 under the name of Protectworth.  Incorporated in 1794, the name Springfield was adopted.  In the town you will find two waterbodies:  Lake Kolelemook, with 100 acres, and Baptist Pond, with 98 acres.  Both are great for boating, swimming, and fishing.  For a day of fun on the greens, try your swing at one of 4 golf courses within a 15 minute drive.

In the winter, the recreational scene shifts to nearby Mount Sunapee Resort, with 66 trails.

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Sunapee

Sunapee is an Algonquin Indian word meaning "wild goose water."  The town shares its name and rich history with a lake, a mountain, and a region.  The unique charm of this resort town is all its own.

Lake Sunapee is the 6th largest lake in New Hampshire.  It is spring-fed, 10 miles long, and lined with enticing bays and coves.  The lake is also home to 3 lighthouses:  Herrick Cove, Loon Island, and Burkehaven.

Sunapee residents and their guests enjoy access to Dewey Beach, where they can find a sandy shoreline for swimming, a playground, and the occasional volleyball match.

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Unity

Incorporated in 1764. On June 27, 2009, President Obama and former rival Hillary Clinton appeared together in Unity at their first joint public event after Clinton had ended her campaign. The town was reportedly chosen for its name. During the 2008 primary, Obama and Clinton each received 107 votes from the citizens of Unity.

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Washington

Washington, incorporated in 1776, has the distinction of being the first-ever town incorporated in the name of George Washington.  Many stately classic New England buildings mark the passage of Washington's history.  The State of New Hampshire is the largest landowner in town, primarily due to the presence of Pillsbury State Park.  The town woodlands, waters, marshes, and fields support varied and abundant wildlife species.

The population is currently approximately 1,100 citizens.  Youngest students attend the Washington Elementary School and those in grades 5-12 primarily attend in the Deering-Hillsboro Cooperative district.

Washingtonians enjoy the outdoors and a country lifestyle.  There is plenty of hiking available in the state park and along the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway trails.  The Washington Snowriders and the annual fishing derby add to the opportunities for year round recreational fun.

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Merrimack County

Andover

Incorporated in 1779 this town is home to Ragged Mt. State Forest and Proctor Academy, a private co-ed prep school of national repute. Here you will discover two covered bridges and Potter Place railroad station, built in 1874 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Andover is 90 miles north of Boston and 25 miles northwest of Concord.

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Bradford

Incorporated in 1787, just nine days after the constitution was adopted. This town is home to two lakes: Massasecum and the southern tip of Todd. It is also home to fourteen of New Hampshire's tallest (and still growing!) white pines.

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New London

Incorporated in 1779, New London is situated in the beautiful Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region of New Hampshire.  Just southeast of Hanover and northwest of Concord in Merrimack County (exits 11 & 12 off of I-89), New London offers a variety of unique retail shops, fine dining, lodging, and entertainment.

Visitors will find plenty of activity in New London.  Summer brings band concerts and a weekly farmers market to the common, popular musicals to the Barn Playhouse, festivals, fairs, and parades.  Winter activities include skiing at nearby Mount Sunapee, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.  In summer, Little Sunapee Lake and Pleasant Lake host public beaches with permit parking for New London residents and guests.

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Newbury

Wrapped around the eastern and southern shores of Lake Sunapee, the town of Newbury claims some of the area's most outstanding recreational attractions and scenic beauty.

Originally settled in the mid-1700's, the town was incorporated in 1778, and takes its name from Newbury, Massachusetts.

Newbury Harbor has a private town beach, a picnic area and waterfront gazebo as well as a public pier.  Year round recreational opportunities abound in the area including boating, biking, swimming, snowmobiling and skiing at Mount Sunapee.  Local residents take pride in Lake Sunapee for its exceptional water quality and beauty.

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Sutton

Incorporated in 1784 and located 25 miles northwest of Concord with easy access to Interstate 89 and Route 114. Sutton is home to Wadleigh State Park, Kezar Lake, Gile Pond, Blaisdell Lake, and Newbury Reservoir.

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Warner

Incorporated in 1774, this town was one of the last settled under English provincial rule prior to the revolution. Warner is home to Northeast Catholic College, Rollins State Park and Mt. Kearsarge State Forest.

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Wilmot

Located in Merrimack County, Wilmot is home to great picnicking and hiking at Winslow State Park and Mt. Kearsarge.  Its quaint town center is quintessential New England.  The town, formed from parts of New London and Kearsarge Gore, was incorporated in 1807.  Wilmot takes its name from Dr. James Wilmot, an English scholar and clergyman who, though he never came to America, protested the treatment of the colonies by the British crown.  More recent residents of note are Donald Hall, US Poet Laureate (2006), and Jane Kenyon, poet, translator.

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Grafton County

Alexandria

Granted in 1753 by the Masonian Proprietors and named for Alexandria, Virginia, location of 1755 conference of governors early in the French and Indian War.  Alexandria is home of Mowglis Mountain, the hero in Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book, and Welton Falls State Forest.

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Ashland

Ashland was once the southwestern corner of Holderness.  It was chartered in 1751 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth.  Hostilities during the French and Indian War delayed settlement.  In 1761, it was regranted as "New Holderness" (although "New" would be dropped in 1816).  Settled in 1763, the town was predominantly agricultural except for Holderness Village.  Holderness Village became Ashland, named for the Kentucky estate of Henry Clay, in 1868.  Today, Ashland is a residential and resort community.

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Bristol

Is home to Wellington State Park, Sugar Hill State Forest, and Profile Falls on the Smith River.  Extensive deposits of fine sand or clay similar to the "Bristol sand" used in Bristol, England, to make fine china and pottery, gave the town its name.  Here the sand was used to make a superior quality brick, marketed as Bristol Brick.  Surrounded by hills and lakes, Bristol includes the lower two-thirds of Newfound Lake, a resort area.

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Canaan

Chartered in 1761 by Governor Benning Wentworth and named after the hometown of many early settlers from Canaan, Connecticut, which was named for the biblical land of Canaan.  In 1847, the Northern Railroad (predecessor of the Boston & Maine Railroad) was constructed to the town driving development.  By 1859, the population had reached 1,682 and Canaan had one gristmill, three lath and clapboard mills, and one tannery.

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Enfield

Was first named by settlers from Enfield, Connecticut in 1761.  In 1766, the name changed to "Relhan", to honor Dr. Anthony Relhan, the doctor who was a promoter of sea-bathing as healing.  In 1784, following the American Revolution, the name was changed back to Enfield.  Enfield Shaker Village, established in 1793 and called Chosen Vale, was subdivided into several "Families", with men and women leading pious, celibate, and industrious lives.  Jubilant singing and dancing was part of their worship which earned them the name:  Shaking Quakers, or Shakers.

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Grafton

Was incorporated in 1778 and takes its name from Augustus FitzRoy, 3rd Duke of Grafton, a relative of colonial governor Benning Wentworth.  Grafton's economic base included farming, small-scale industry, and mining.  There were several mica mines and granite quarries in the area, most notably, Ruggles Mine.  The highest point in Grafton is Melvin Mountain's summit at 2,177 feet above sea level.

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Groton

Was originally named Cockermouth, in honor of Charles Wyndham, Baron Cockermouth and Earl of Egremont, who was Great Britain's Secretary of State for the Southern Department from 1761 to 1763.  Due to non-settlement the land was regranted in 1766, then renewed in 1772.  In 1796, one of the later grantees, Samuel Blood, succeeded in renaming the town after his hometown Groton, Massachusetts.

Although the surface area of Groton was not level, the farmers found the soil perfect for growing corn and potatoes.  A branch of the Baker River and several small streams fed Newfound Lake and provided power for the many mills and shingle and clapboard manufacturer.  Palermo Mine in North Groton is noted for it's minerals but not open to the public.

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Hebron

Was first settled in 1765.  Hebron was incorporated in 1792 from a portion of Cockermouth (now Groton) combined with a portion of what was then called West Plymouth.  Hebron is located at the north end of Newfound Lake, the fourth largest lake in New Hampshire.  The highest point in Hebron is a knob with an elevation of 2,240 feet above sea level, just south of the summit of Tenney Mountain, near the town's northernmost point.

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Holderness

An agricultural and resort area, Holderness is home to the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center and is located on Squam Lake.  Tourists in the 19th century would depart the train in Ashland and board a steamer, which traveled up the Squam River to rustic fishing camps or hillside hotels beside Squam Lake.

Today, Holderness remains a popular resort area, where in 1981 the movie On Golden Pond was filmed.

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Lebanon

Is located in western New Hampshire, near the Connecticut River, south of Hanover and is home to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center as well as Dartmouth Medical SchoolLebanon has a mixed economy based on education, medical services, high-technology, and retail.  The town has made improvements to its recreational facilities, including miles of hiking trails, a municipal ski area, and several sports fields.

Don't miss Lebanon's seasonal Farmer's Market and summer concerts on the green in the village!

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Orange

Was granted in 1769, incorporated in 1790, and originally named "Cardigan", after Geroge Brudenell, fourth Earl of Cardigan.  After the American Revolution, voters attempted to rename the town many different names and finally settled on Orange, after the large quantities of yellow-orange ochre found in Mount Cardigan.  The highest point in Orange, at 3,155 feet above sea level, is Mount Cardigan.

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Plymouth

Is a town located in the White Mountains Region at the convergence of the Pemigewasset and Baker Rivers.  Plymouth was originally the site of an Abernaki village that was burned to the ground by Captain Thomas Baker in 1712.  This was just one of the many British raids on American Indian settlements during Queen Anne's War.  The town was first named New Plymouth, after the original Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts.  Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth granted Plymouth to settlers from Hollis, all of whom had been soldiers in the French and Indian War.  The town was incorporated in 1763.

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