Newbury, New Hampshire

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Newbury is a town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,702 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 2,068.[1] Newbury is home to part of Lake Sunapee, including Mount Sunapee State Park Beach. Mount Sunapee Ski Area, in Mount Sunapee State Park, is in the west. The town includes the village of Blodgett's Landing.



Situated at the south end of Lake Sunapee, this town has gone through numerous name changes. It started in 1753 as "Dantzic", after the Baltic seaport. The first provincial grant in 1754 named the town "Hereford", in honor of Edward Devereaux, Viscount Hereford. Colonial Governor John Wentworth renewed the grant in 1772 under the name "Fishersfield", for his brother-in-law, John Fisher. The town was finally incorporated as "Newbury" in 1837, as suggested by settlers originally from Newbury, Massachusetts.

The Fells Historic Site, located adjacent to the John Hay National Wildlife Refuge, is part of 876 acres (3.55 km2) protected of a forest country estate. Protection efforts have enabled Lake Sunapee to consistently be named one of the cleanest lakes in the state.

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According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 38.1 square miles (99 km2), of which 35.8 sq mi (93 km2) is land and 2.3 sq mi (6.0 km2) is water, comprising 6.01% of the town. Mount Sunapee, the highest point in town, has an elevation of 2,726 feet (831 m) above sea level.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,702 people, 691 households, and 507 families residing in the town. The population density was 47.5 people per square mile (18.4/km²). There were 1,311 housing units at an average density of 36.6/sq mi (14.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.35% White, 0.41% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.29% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population.

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