Freedom, New Hampshire

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Freedom is a town located in Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,303 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 1,436.[1] The town's eastern boundary runs along the Maine state border. Ossipee Lake, with a resort and camps, is in the southwest of the town.



The town was once a part of Effingham called "North Effingham". Following an influx of new settlers from Maine, there was a conflict of culture and religion between them and people from the New Hampshire seacoast area who already populated Effingham. As a result, North Effingham separated into a town of its own. The community, incorporated in 1831, was appropriately named "Freedom".

The town has been the setting for a couple of stories, including the children's fantasy book called The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth, first published in 1956 but reissued years later (ISBN 0-316-11920-2). Freedom was also the setting for a 2001 broadcast of This American Life, entitled "The House at Loon Lake". That episode depicted an abandoned house explored by young boys, in town for summer camp at Loon Lake.

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Freedom is situated between the Lakes Region and the White Mountains. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 38.0 square miles (98 km2), of which 34.7 sq mi (90 km2) is land and 3.3 sq mi (8.5 km2) is water, comprising 8.75% of the town. The highest point in the town is the summit of Cragged Mountain, at 1,806 feet (550 m) above sea level. Freedom is drained by the Ossipee River and lies fully within the Saco River watershed.[2]

Freedom is one of several sites for Nature's Classroom. It is also home to one of the permanent campsites of the Luethi-Peterson Camps and to Cragged Mountain Farm, a co-ed summer camp on Cragged Mountain started by Dr. Henry Utter in 1927, and still owned by the Utter family.

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