South Hampton, New Hampshire

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South Hampton is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 844 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 891.[1] South Hampton is home to Cowden State Forest and Powwow River State Forest.



This was one of the first towns granted by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth after the separation of New Hampshire from Massachusetts in 1741. The border between the two colonies was adjusted, and consequently South Hampton would be chartered in 1742 from former parts of Amesbury and Salisbury, Massachusetts. Over the years, the town lost territory to Hampton Falls, Seabrook and Newton, but gained territory from East Kingston in 1824.

The town's Justices of the Peace in 1831 were Parker Merrill, George W. Pillsbury, Benning Leavitt, John Palmer and A. Brown.[2]

At one time, the town was home to over 12 different religious sects. One of South Hampton's only members of the New Hampshire State Senate was Benjamin Barnard, who served from 1806-1808.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 8.0 square miles (21 km2), of which 7.9 sq mi (20 km2) is land and 0.1 sq mi (0.26 km2) is water, comprising 1.62% of the town. South Hampton is drained by the Powwow River, part of the Merrimack River watershed. The highest point in town is the summit of Sawyers Hill, at 320 feet (98 m) above sea level, near the Massachusetts border.

Attractions in South Hampton include Heron Pond Farm and Jewell Towne Vineyards.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 844 people, 301 households, and 244 families residing in the town. The population density was 107.2 people per square mile (41.4/km²). There were 308 housing units at an average density of 39.1/sq mi (15.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.99% White, 0.59% African American, 0.12% Asian, 0.47% Pacific Islander, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.36% of the population.

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