Eaton, New Hampshire

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Eaton is a town in Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 375 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 432.[1] Eaton includes the village of Snowville.

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History

Eaton was incorporated in 1760 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, and named for Governor Theophilus Eaton of Connecticut, a generous contributor to the funds needed to settle Massachusetts in 1630. He later formed a colony at New Haven, Connecticut, along with Reverend John Davenport and David Yale, great-grandfather of Yale University's founder, Elihu Yale.

The "Little White Church" is a town landmark. The village of Snowville is named for the Snow family, who started a sawmill there in 1825. "Waukeela", a camp for girls, has been in Eaton for almost 85 years. It occupies 45 acres (180,000 m2) on Crystal Lake.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 25.6 square miles (66 km2), of which 24.4 sq mi (63 km2) is land and 1.2 sq mi (3.1 km2) is water, comprising 4.61% of the town. Conway Lake is on the northern boundary, and Crystal Lake is in the center. Eaton lies fully within the Saco River watershed.[2] The highest point in town is 1,730 feet (530 m) above sea level on its southern boundary, just north of the 1,806-foot (550 m) summit of Cragged Mountain. Eaton is bounded on the east by the Maine state line.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 375 people, 157 households, and 111 families residing in the town. The population density was 15.4 people per square mile (5.9/km²). There were 239 housing units at an average density of 9.8/sq mi (3.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.67% White, 0.27% African American, 0.27% Asian, and 0.80% from two or more races.

There were 157 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.1% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 23.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.85.

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