Marlow, New Hampshire

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Marlow is a town in Cheshire County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 747 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 769.[1] Marlow is home to Honey Brook State Forest.



The town was first granted in 1753 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth as Addison, after Joseph Addison, secretary of state for England. Addison had signed the appointment papers making the governor's father, John Wentworth, lieutenant-governor of New Hampshire, while it was under jurisdiction of Massachusetts in 1717. As a result of the French War, few original grantees settled here, so it was regranted on October 7, 1761 to William Noyes and 69 others, the majority from Lyme, Connecticut. The town was named after Marlow, England, located on the River Thames in Buckinghamshire. [2]

Marlow bears many marks of glacial action, and minerals are still found here. A woodworking industry once used the water power of the Ashuelot River to produce tools, furniture and wooden buckets from lumber cut nearby. By 1859, when the population was 708, there were seven sawmills, a gristmill, a carriage shop, a tin shop, and two tanneries. Although the town's undulating surface is somewhat rocky, farmers produced hay, grain and vegetables. [2]

Marlow was the original home of PC Connection.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 26.4 square miles (68 km2), of which 26.0 sq mi (67 km2) is land and 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2) is water, comprising 1.78% of the town. Marlow is drained by the Ashuelot River. The town's highest point is in its northeast corner, at the summit of Huntley Mountain, where the elevation reaches 1,978 feet (603 m) above sea level.

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