New Hampton, New Hampshire

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New Hampton is a town in Belknap County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,950 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 2,185.[1] A winter sports resort area, New Hampton is home to George Duncan State Forest and to the New Hampton School, a private preparatory school established in 1821.



Granted in 1765 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, New Hampton was originally known as Moultonborough Addition after then-Colonel Jonathan Moulton, who held the position of town moderator. Moulton, who was born in Hampton, changed the name to New Hampton in 1777 when it was incorporated. [2]

In 1821 the New Hampton School, a Free Will Baptist institution, was founded in the town. From 1854 to 1870, the institute was affiliated with Cobb Divinity School (later part of Bates College).

In 1920, the New Hampton Fish Hatchery, the state's oldest fish hatchery, was established in the town.

Lewis Mansion in 1909

Berry Hall c. 1912

Randall Hall c. 1910


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 38.2 square miles (99 km2), of which 36.7 sq mi (95 km2) is land and 1.5 sq mi (3.9 km2) is water, comprising 3.93% of the town. New Hampton is bounded on the west and southwest by the Pemigewasset River. Pemigewasset Lake is in the center, and Winona Lake and Lake Waukewan are in the northeast. The highest point in New Hampton is 1,840 feet (561 m) above sea level atop the west ridge of Hersey Mountain, whose 2,001-foot (610 m) summit lies just over the town boundary in Sanbornton.

The geographic center of New Hampshire is located in the eastern part of New Hampton, between Winona Lake and Jackson Pond, at 43.67925 N, 71.580375 W.[3]

The town is served by Interstate 93 and state routes 104 and 132.

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