Tamworth, New Hampshire

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Tamworth is a town in Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 2,510 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 2,663.[1] Tamworth includes the villages of Chocorua, South Tamworth, Wonalancet, and Whittier. The White Mountain National Forest is to the north. The town is home to Hemenway State Forest in the north and White Lake State Park in the southeast.



Granted in 1766 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, this town was named in honor of his close friend, British Admiral Washington Shirley, Viscount Tamworth. The admiral's daughter, Selina Shirley, was instrumental in the founding of Dartmouth College. The village of Whittier, like Mount Whittier in Ossipee, is named for the poet John Greenleaf Whittier.

The Chinook Kennels here raised sled dogs for the Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd Antarctic expeditions and the Army's search-and-rescue units. The Barnstormers Theatre summer playhouse was established here in 1931 by Francis Grover Cleveland, son of President Grover Cleveland. He supported the theatre until his death in 1995. Barnstormers is hailed as the oldest continuously running professional theatre in the state.

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According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 60.8 square miles (157 km2), of which 59.9 sq mi (155 km2) is land and 0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2) is water, comprising 1.35% of the town. Tamworth is drained by the Bearcamp, Chocorua and Wonalancet rivers. Chocorua Lake is to the north. The highest point in Tamworth is the summit of Black Snout Mountain at 2,689 feet (820 m) above sea level, located precisely at the southwest corner of the town, within the Ossipee Mountain range.

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