Eaton, New Hampshire

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Eaton is a town in Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 375 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 432.[1] Eaton includes the village of Snowville.



Eaton was incorporated in 1760 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, and named for Governor Theophilus Eaton of Connecticut, a generous contributor to the funds needed to settle Massachusetts in 1630. He later formed a colony at New Haven, Connecticut, along with Reverend John Davenport and David Yale, great-grandfather of Yale University's founder, Elihu Yale.

The "Little White Church" is a town landmark. The village of Snowville is named for the Snow family, who started a sawmill there in 1825. "Waukeela", a camp for girls, has been in Eaton for almost 85 years. It occupies 45 acres (180,000 m2) on Crystal Lake.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 25.6 square miles (66 km2), of which 24.4 sq mi (63 km2) is land and 1.2 sq mi (3.1 km2) is water, comprising 4.61% of the town. Conway Lake is on the northern boundary, and Crystal Lake is in the center. Eaton lies fully within the Saco River watershed.[2] The highest point in town is 1,730 feet (530 m) above sea level on its southern boundary, just north of the 1,806-foot (550 m) summit of Cragged Mountain. Eaton is bounded on the east by the Maine state line.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 375 people, 157 households, and 111 families residing in the town. The population density was 15.4 people per square mile (5.9/km²). There were 239 housing units at an average density of 9.8/sq mi (3.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.67% White, 0.27% African American, 0.27% Asian, and 0.80% from two or more races.

There were 157 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.1% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 23.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.85.

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