Mason, New Hampshire

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Mason is a town in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,147 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 1,362.[1] Mason, together with Wilton, is home to Russell-Abbott State Forest.



Mason was first known as Number One, the first in a line of border towns including area allotted to this state by Massachusetts upon establishment of New Hampshire as a separate state in 1741. The town's charter was granted in 1749 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, and in 1768 his nephew, Governor John Wentworth, named it in honor of New Hampshire's founder, Captain John Mason. Captain Mason was the holder of patent with title to the land that became New Hampshire. Greenville would be set off from Mason in 1872. [2]

Near the town's center is the boyhood home of Samuel Wilson, the meat-supplier who is believed to have inspired the Uncle Sam character. The private house is today identified by a state historical marker. Another prominent local figure was Elizabeth Orton Jones, an author, illustrator and teacher better known as "Twig", instrumental in recording the history of the town. Pickity Place, a local cottage built in 1786, was the model for the grandmother's house in Jones' 1948 illustrated version of Little Red Riding Hood. It was also the home of Ron Harry, Boston Garden organist from 1983-1995 and for the Boston Celtics in the TD Banknorth Garden until his death in 2004.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 24.0 square miles (62.2 km2), of which 23.9 sq mi (61.9 km2) is land and 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2) (0.25%) is water. Mason is drained by Spaulding Brook. The town's highest point is 1,100 feet (340 m) above sea level, on an unnamed summit near the border with Greenville.

Mason is bordered by New Ipswich and Greenville to the west, Wilton to the north, Milford to the northeast, Brookline to the east, and Ashby, Massachusetts and Townsend, Massachusetts to the south.

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