Rumney, New Hampshire

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Rumney is a town in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,480 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 1,553.[1] The town is located at the southern edge of the White Mountain National Forest.



Taking its name from Robert Marsham, 2nd Baron Romney (pronounced Rumney), the town was originally granted in 1761 by Governor Benning Wentworth to settlers from Colchester and East Haddam, Connecticut. It was first settled in 1765. Because some grantees failed to comply with the charter, Rumney was regranted to another group of settlers in 1767.

Farmers found the town's soil fertile. By 1859, when the population was 1,109, other industries included fifteen sawmills, a large tannery, and a ladder factory. The Boston, Concord and Montreal Railroad commenced service to West Rumney in 1850-1851. [2]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 42.6 square miles (110.3 km2), of which 41.9 sq mi (108.5 km2) is land and 0.6 sq mi (1.6 km2) is water, comprising 1.48% of the town. The highest point in Rumney is 2,960 feet (902 m) above sea level on the southern slope of Carr Mountain. The Baker River flows from west to east through the center of the town, roughly paralleled by New Hampshire Route 25.

The Town of Rumney contains several smaller villages. Rumney Village, the town's central settlement, lies just north of the Baker River. Directly to the south, across the Baker River and adjacent to Route 25, is the village of Rumney Depot. The village of Stinson Lake, comprising development around the lake and at the foot of adjacent Stinson Mountain, is in the northern corner of the town, and West Rumney is located along Route 25 near the town's western border.

Rumney is home to the "Polar Caves" which are well known for their geological views and glowing rock formations. It is located along Route 25 near the town's eastern border.

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