Lyme, New Hampshire

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Lyme is a town in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,679 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 1,709.[1] Lyme is home to the Chaffee Natural Area. The Dartmouth Skiway is in the eastern part of town, near the village of Lyme Center. The Appalachian Trail also crosses the town in the east. The Lyme Green is a main part of Lyme. The Connecticut river is 1.5 miles away from Lyme.



This was once a home to Abenaki Indians, including a band of Sokokis near Post Pond at a place they called Ordanakis. Later, it would be another of many towns granted by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth along the Connecticut River in 1761. The town encompasses land that, prior to the Lyme's founding, was called Tinkertown. Lyme takes its name from Old Lyme, Connecticut, which lies at the mouth of the Connecticut River. Most of the grantees were from Palmer and Brimfield in Massachusetts, or from Londonderry. In the late 1770s, the town petitioned (ultimately unsuccessfully) to join Vermont.

Stagecoaches traveling the old "Boston Turnpike" from Montreal in the 1830s passed through Lyme, stopping at the Lyme Inn (now Alden Country Inn), built in 1809.[2] Next door to the inn is the 200-year-old Congregational Church, with a steeple bell cast by Paul Revere (which is out of order and no longer tolls the hour).[2] Behind the church is a row of horse sheds dating from 1810, each with the name of the original owner inscribed above the door. The scenic town common is surrounded by antique architecture.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 55.0 square miles (142 km2), of which 53.8 sq mi (139 km2) is land and 1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2) is water, comprising 2.06% of the town. Lyme is drained by Hewes, Grant and Trout brooks, all draining to the Connecticut River, which forms the western boundary of the town (and of the state of New Hampshire). The highest point in town is the summit of Smarts Mountain, at 3,238 feet (987 m) above sea level. Lyme is a rural town. The main ponds in the town are Post Pond, Pout Pond, Trout Pond, Cummins Pond, and Reservoir Pond. Holts Ledge is a cliff that views east. It is home to the Dartmouth Skiway. It is fenced to protect falcons and other wild animals.

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