Few People Realize How Much Mill History Is Preserved In The Small Town Of Newmarket, New Hampshire
New Hampshire’s dominance during the time of the industrial revolution cannot be denied. The state’s waterways provided power to many mills and factories and mills and shipbuilding was a major industry here in the 18th and 19th centuries. One historic small town in NH is a well-preserved example of this manufacturing era and history buffs will find it fascinating.
Incorporated in 1727, Newmarket was originally known as a parish of Exeter and became its own town in 1737.
The town was one of six granted during the final reign of King George I and was likely named after its sister town in Suffolk, England
Newmarket quickly became the hub of shipping trade between New England and the West Indies. Its chief exports were lumber and dried fish.
Manufacturing in Newmarket grew up around the Lamprey River, which passes through the town's center. It was the river's power that helped to give life to the mills.
Textile mills boomed here in the early 19th century. At its peak, the Newmarket Manufacturing Company had seven mills in operation.
The mill buildings have since been converted for commercial and residential use as part of the Newmarket Industrial and Commercial Historic District.
The densely-settled downtown is also home to an assortment of independent shops and restaurants, and is one of the most walkable communities in the state.
Those with an interest in the industrial history of the state will enjoy walking the downtown of this historic small town in NH. If you’re like me, it’s also a very photogenic place to capture images. For more information,
visit the Town of Newmarket website and follow the Town of Newmarket on Facebook.
Fortunately, New Hampshire is graced with many
towns and villages that hold lots of interesting history. Here are four of them where you can take a historical trolley tour and visit one small town that is seemingly frozen in time.
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