Middleton, New Hampshire

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Middleton is a town in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,440 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 1,881.[1]



Granted by the Masonian Proprietors in 1749, the town was named after Sir Charles Middleton, 1st Baron Barham, who was in charge of convoy service between Barbados and the colonies. The land was first settled shortly before the Revolutionary War by settlers from Lee and Rochester. Although the soil is rocky and unsuited for cultivation, cider was made in considerable quantities, and maple syrup to some extent. [2]

Middleton was situated on the road between Exeter and Wolfeboro, the location of Colonial Governor John Wentworth's summer home, Kingswood. Neglect of the road caused the governor to bill the proprietors for repairs he had to make for safe travel to Kingswood, built in 1771. Middleton was incorporated on March 4, 1778, and originally included Brookfield, which was split off in December of 1794. [3]

Middleton's old Town Hall, located on King's Highway, was built in 1795 as a meetinghouse on Ridge Road. It was moved to its current location in 1812, jacked-up on the new site, and the Town Hall added underneath. The original stucco painting, a wrap-around landscape mural of trees and scenery, was painted by John Avery in 1811 and touched-up in 1841.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 18.5 square miles (48 km2), of which 18.1 sq mi (47 km2) is land and 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2) (2.27%) is water. That water is primarily contained by Sunrise Lake, previously known as the Old Dump Reservoir. The Moose Mountains, which separate Middleton from Brookfield, have a series of 1,600-1,700 foot peaks, including the highest point in Middleton at an elevation of 1,670 feet (510 m) above sea level.

The town is served by New Hampshire Route 153.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,440 people, 514 households, and 389 families residing in the town. The population density was 79.6 people per square mile (30.7/km²). There were 706 housing units at an average density of 39.0/sq mi (15.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.54% White, 0.14% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.56% Asian, and 0.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.35% of the population.

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