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New Hampshire Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database


on February 6, 2023

1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 New Hampshire ranks 49th among states and provinces with markers in this database. New Hampshire is a state in the United States of America located in the American Northeast. It is also in the New England region. New Hampshire is some 9 thousand square miles in size with a population of around 1.4 million people. The state is divided into ten counties and all of them have entries in this database. In New Hampshire we have discovered historical markers in 142 cities and towns lying in 131 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 590 historical markers in New Hampshire, by our count. We have cataloged 547 historical markers and 144 war memorials—each individually presented on 671 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another 43 historical markers in New Hampshire that we don’t yet have, and instead show on our Want List. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

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The first New Hampshire marker in the database, Uncle Sam’s House, was added January 15, 2008. It was photographed near Mason in Hillsborough County and was erected in 2006. The last one added was submitted on August 9, 2022, and titled Snow Roller. It is in Canaan in Grafton County. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in New Hampshire was erected in 1867. It was this one: Washington NH Civil War Memorial, and one of our correspondents found it in Washington in Sullivan County on June 21, 2017.

New Hampshire Historical Topics
113 • Industry and Commerce
83 • Settlements and Settlers
79 • Colonial Era
50 • Revolutionary War
46 • World War I
46 • World War II
45 • Churches and Religion
44 • Waterways and Vessels
42 • Civil War
37 • Government and Politics
    ... and others ...

New Hampshirites don’t want to forget their Industry and Commerce history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from New Hampshire about Industry and Commerce—113 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by Settlements and Settlers with 83 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Industry and Commerce topic was also Uncle Sam’s House, added January 15, 2008. It had been erected in 2006 near Mason in Hillsborough County. The last one submitted was submitted on November 19, 2021, and titled Lafayette's Tour. It had been erected in 2021 in Greenland in Rockingham County. The earliest marker erected with the Industry and Commerce topic that we have listed was erected in 1965. It is Log Drives, found in Stratford in Coos County on July 23, 2014.

What is the most interesting historical marker in New Hampshire? What we know is that Uncle Sam’s House is the most viewed entry in the database from New Hampshire since it was added in 2008. This year so far, the most viewed New Hampshirite entry is located in Lincoln in Grafton County. It is Betty and Barney Hill Incident.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The New Hampshire county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Grafton County, with 146 of them. It is followed closely by Rockingham County with 137 markers. The Littleton area of Grafton County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 25. In Rockingham County the area with the most markers, 55, is Portsmouth.

Historical Markers in These
New Hampshire Counties
146 • Grafton County
137 • Rockingham County
122 • Merrimack County
59 • Coos County
46 • Cheshire County
42 • Carroll County
40 • Strafford County
38 • Hillsborough County
23 • Sullivan County
18 • Belknap County

Checking the database for the city or town in New Hampshire with the most markers we find Concord in Merrimack County at the top of the list with 67 markers in or near it. And Portsmouth shows up again in next place, with 55 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 03301 at the top of the list with 63 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 03301 is assigned to Concord NH.) It is followed by ZIP Code 03801 with 56 markers. (03801 is assigned to Portsmouth NH including the Newington delivery area.)

Historical Markers Near These
New Hampshire Cities and Towns
67 • Concord
55 • Portsmouth
25 • Littleton
24 • Dover
23 • Franconia
22 • Manchester
16 • Keene
15 • Enfield
15 • North Conway
14 • Exeter
    ... and others ...

Getting back to Grafton County, the first marker added to the database from there, The Ridge, was added June 21, 2010. It was erected in 1965 in Orford. The last one submitted—also the last one submitted in all of New Hampshire—was uploaded on August 9, 2022, and is titled Snow Roller, in Canaan. The earliest marker erected in Grafton County that we have listed was erected in 1911. It was Littleton Veterans Memorial, found near Littleton on August 23, 2020.

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“Snow Roller”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Concord. The first: Franklin Pierce, was added July 29, 2009. The last: Isaac Elwell House and Office added on March 4, 2022. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1899: On The Interval Below This Spot, added on February 9, 2019.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources is currently in charge of the familiar green and white official historical markers found all over the state and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation typically installs and maintains those that are roadside. We have 136 of their markers in the database. Also, a number of counties have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.

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By Kevin Craft, October 23, 2017
A Division of Historical Resources Historical Marker

Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Tourist Attractions? Or Something Off the Beaten Path?

New Hampshire offers both and there is plenty of history to check out. If you live in or are visiting New Hampshire, hit the road and check out places where something of interest once occured, or where famous or infamous people once stood. Our database can help you find some of these places. And perhaps you’ll find some we don’t know about and will take the time to photograph them and add them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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Feb. 6, 2023