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Here are 9 of the Oldest Towns in New Hampshire…. And They’re Loaded With History

The old towns in New Hampshire have long and storied histories. Native Americans have been living in this area for over 12,000 years, and the first settlement by Europeans happened nearly 400 years ago! When white settlers first landed in New Hampshire they did so on the coast, along Portsmouth’s natural harbor. The seacoast has some of the oldest towns in the state for this reason. Over time, settlers from Massachusetts opened up the Merrimack Valley, which became an important economic area as New Hampshire’s main business shifted from fishing and trade to textiles. Finally, the northern reaches of the state opened with the help of the railroads. These 9 old towns show the progression of the settlement of New Hampshire, and boy is the story interesting!

There is such a rich history here in the Granite State.

Kelly Burch is a freelance writer from New Hampshire. She shares stories of travel, adventure and anything else that catches her interest.