Chester, New Hampshire

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Chester is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 3,792 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 4,624.[1] It is home to Chester College (formerly White Pines College).



Incorporated in 1722, Chester once included Candia, set off in 1763. First called "the chestnut country," it may have been the first of the settlement grants by Massachusetts selected for expansion of growing populations in the seacoast. The name may be derived from Cheshire, Chester being the county seat of Cheshire in England. Earl of Chester is a title held by the Prince of Wales. Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., was a summer resident and took Chester as his middle name because of his love for the town.[citation needed]

Town Hall in 1913

Blacksmith Shop in 1909

Chester Street c. 1910

Notable residents


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 26.0 square miles (67 km2), of which 25.9 sq mi (67 km2) is land and 0.1 sq mi (0.26 km2) (0.42%) is water. The Exeter River rises in Chester. The highest point in town is an unnamed summit, reaching 639 feet (195 m) above sea level, near the town's southwest corner. Chester lies mostly within the Piscataqua River (Coastal) watershed, though the western edge of town is in the Merrimack River watershed.[2]

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