Sutton, New Hampshire

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Sutton is a town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,544 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 1,823.[1] Sutton is home to Wadleigh State Beach on Kezar Lake.

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History

The town was granted in 1749 by the Masonian Proprietors to inhabitants of Haverhill, Newbury and Bradford, Massachusetts, as well as Kingston, New Hampshire. It was called Perrystown after Obadiah Perry, one of the proprietors. But the French and Indian War delayed settlement until 1767, when David Peaslee arrived. Many proprietors forfeited their claims, even with an extension in 1773, so the town was regranted in 1784. The second group of settlers were from Sutton, Massachusetts, source of the town's current name. [2]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 43.1 square miles (111.6 km2), of which 42.3 sq mi (109.6 km2) is land and 0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2) (1.85%) is water. The highest point in Sutton is the summit of Kings Hill, at approximately 1,930 feet (590 m) above sea level, in the northwest corner of the town.

The town is drained primarily by tributaries of the Warner River, which flows to the Contoocook River and ultimately the Merrimack River. The Lane River, a tributary of the Warner, drains a large portion of the center of town. The northern portion of town is drained by tributaries of the Blackwater River, another tributary of the Contoocook. The extreme northwest corner of town is part of the Lake Sunapee watershed, draining via the Sugar River of western New Hampshire into the Connecticut River.

Sutton is served by Interstate 89 and New Hampshire Route 114.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,544 people, 621 households, and 457 families residing in the town. The population density was 36.5 people per square mile (14.1/km²). There were 826 housing units at an average density of 19.5/sq mi (7.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.54% White, 0.06% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 1.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.97% of the population.

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