New Hampshire Has A Lost Town Most People Don’t Know About
By Ken MacGray|Published December 14, 2022
Hey! I'm a freelance writer and guidebook author. I've authored "New Hampshire's 52 With A View - A Hiker's Guide", serve as editor of Appalachian Mountain Club's "Southern New Hampshire Trail Guide", and and am co-editor of the "White Mountain Guide", also for AMC. I'm currently beginning work on the 6th Edition of AMC's Southern New Hampshire Trail Guide, which will be published in 2025. I live in southern New Hampshire and can usually be found wandering throughout the state's mountains and forests.
New Hampshire is a state of 10 counties, 221 towns, 13 cities, and 25 unincorporated territories. In its earlier years, however, it was also home to several smaller villages and logging industry “company towns” that have been lost to history.
The village of Zealand was created in 1875 as a result of the 19th-century logging boom in the White Mountains. The village was fully formed with its own post office, school, store, two railroad stations, and housing for the logging workers and their families. The population varied, but between 80-250 men were employed to work in the forest.