New Hampshire

New Hampshire

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The "Granite" State

Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge
This is the 460-foot long Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge, the longest covered bridge in the United States, crosses the Connecticut River between Vermont and New Hampshire.

New Hampshire became the 9th state on June 21, one of the original 13 colonies. There are now 10 counties, 13 municipalities, 221 towns and 22 unincorporated places.

Motto: Live Free or Die. The motto comes from a statement written by the Revolutionary General John Stark, hero of the Battle of Bennington.

New Hampshire is located in the northeastern United States, a part of the region commonly known as New England. The total area of the state is 9,304 sq miles (24,097 sq km), comprising 9,027 sq miles (23,380 sq km) of land and 277 sq miles (717 sq km) of inland water. New Hampshire is bordered on the north by the Canadian province of Quebec; on the east by Maine and the Atlantic Ocean; on the south by Massachusetts; and the on the west by Vermont. Its geographic center lies in Belknap county, 3 miles (5 km) east of the town of Ashland

The state flag consists of the state seal centered on a field of blue and surrounded by a wreath of laurel leaves interspersed with nine stars. It was adopted in 1909.
The central design of the state seal is a depiction of the frigate Raleigh resting on the stocks in Portsmouth, recalling New Hampshire's rich history of shipbuilding.


 Origin of State Name:

New Hampshire was named for the English county of Hampshire.


Because of its granite bedrock, New Hampshire has been nicknamed the "Granite State."

 Emblem & Motto:

The state emblem in an elliptical panel with a picture of the Old Man of the Mountains. Surrounding the Old Man are General John Stark's famous words, "Live Free or Die," adopted as the state motto in 1945.

The Capital:

Concord, the state capital, was settled in 1727 and at that time was called Penacook. In 1733 it was incorporated as Rumford. This name was changed to Concord 1765. State government moved to Concord in 1858 after residing in the seacoast town of Portsmouth for more than a half a century (except when Exeter was the capital during the Revolutionary War). The State House was built in 1819 and remains the oldest state house in the nation in which the Legislature continues to meet in its original chambers.

Official Song

Old New Hampshire

With a skill that knows no measure,
From the golden store of Fate
God, in His great love and wisdom,
Made the rugged Granite State;
Made the lakes, the fields, the forests;
Made the Rivers and the rills;
Made the bubbling, crystal fountains
Of New Hampshire's Granite Hills


Old New Hampshire, Old New Hampshire
Old New Hampshire Grand and Great
We will sing of Old New Hampshire,
Of the dear old Granite State

Builded he New Hampshire glorious
From the borders to the sea;
And with matchless charm and splendor
Blessed her for eternity.
Hers, the majesty of mountain;
Hers, the grandeur of the lake;
Hers, the truth as from the hillside
Whence her crystal waters break


Old New Hampshire, Old New Hampshire
Old New Hampshire Grand and Great
We will sing of Old New Hampshire,
Of the dear old Granite State

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Counties and Towns of New Hampshire:

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Belknap County {ADOPT ME}

Carroll County | by Berdie Rediger -

Cheshire {ADOPT ME}


Grafton {ADOPT ME}

Hillsborough {ADOPT ME}

Merrimack County by Clifford L. Coy

Rockingham {ADSOPT ME}

Strafford {ADOPT ME}}

Sullivan County by Clifford L. Coy


Strafford by Pam MCauley



: Canadian information

Census: USA

Census Links | 1813 Invalid Pensioners - New Hampshire | Thanks to Gordon Byers |

Carroll County Census:

1850 Census of Brookfield, Carroll County, NH | Chatham, Carroll Co, NH 1850 Census |

| Tuftonboro', Carroll County, NH 1850 Census | Wolfeboro, Carroll County, NH- 1850 Census (part one of two parts) |

|Wolfeboro, Carrol County, (part two of two parts) |

Cheshire County Census:

1790 Federal Census Cheshire County, New Hampshire


Grafton County Census:

1800 census of Warren in Grafton County, New Hampshire.

1810 Federal Census(Town of Enfield) Grafton County, New Hampshire



Message Boards and Mail Lists:


General and State:


New Hampshire Officials and Governors | a Guide to all Officials and "Likenesses"

New Hampshire State Library | Established 1717

The New Hampshire Almanac |

New Hampshire Cemeteries at AHGP

New Hampshire Cemeteries - County Index

New Hampshire Cemeteries at Cemetery Junction

New Hampshire Historical Society | "The Tuck Library preserves the finest collection of printed, manuscript, and pictorial materials relating to New Hampshire history anywhere. The library is named for the Society's greatest benefactor, Edward Tuck (1842-1938)."

New Hampshire Newspapers

WPA- Life Histories from New Hampshire


Visit New Hampshire | New Hampshire provides for a variety of activities from beaches to New England's tallest mountains.



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