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Hampton Falls, New Hampshire

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Hampton Falls formerly the Third Parish and Hampton falls is a New England town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 2,236 at the 2010 census1


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 Government
  • 5 Economy
  • 6 Education
  • 7 Notable people
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links


A map of the center of what is now Hampton Falls in 1638

The land of Hampton Falls was first settled by Europeans in 1638, the same time as Hampton, which it was then part of The settlement of Hampton joined Norfolk County, Massachusetts Colony, in 1643, along with Exeter, Dover, Portsmouth, and Salisbury and Haverhill of Massachusetts The county existed until 1679, when the modern-day New Hampshire towns separated from Massachusetts Bay Colony2

Records indicate a building that became a church may have existed near where the Weare Monument now is in 1665, but when it was first built is unknown It was not until 1709 that the town was officially established as the Third Parish of Hampton The Third Parish originally consisted of all land south of the Taylor River and north of the New Hampshire/Massachusetts border, or the modern-day towns of Seabrook, Kensington, and Hampton Falls A meeting house was built shortly after and Thomas Crosby became the town's minister for the church Forty-nine members of the Hampton Church were dismissed late in 1711, only to become members of the new church in the Third Parish Parish officers and a representative were chosen in 1718 The first town meeting was held and town records began that year also The 7,400-acre 30 km2 town received its grant as an independent town with the name "Hampton falls" in 1726, but was still referred to as a parish until the Revolutionary War Those who did use its actual name in writing spelled it with a lowercase f until around the same time3

An attempt was made in 1732 to separate the western portion of Hampton falls and make it a parish of Kingston The proposal failed in a way, yet succeeded in another; the land was separated, but it did not become part of Kingston, but became a town of its own, Kensington4

A disease known as the Throat Distemper now thought to have been a malignant form of diphtheria infected the town with its symptoms in 1735 and 1736 Two-hundred and fourteen people of Hampton Falls perished, 96 of them being under the age of ten Only two homes in town were throat distemper free It passed through the town again in 1754, with far fewer casualties, but still many3

Town Hall, completed in 1877, designed by Portsmouth architect Isaiah Wilson 2008 Fidelity Jumper Classic, held at the Silver Oak Equestrian Center

Seventy-two people wanted Hampton Falls which then included Seabrook and Kensington to become a part of Massachusetts in 1739, including Meshech Weare, but the proposal failed in the end In 1765, the Presbyterians of the town wanted to form a new parish in the southern portion of the town, where a church of their religion existed A town meeting was held on December 30 when the rest of the villagers learned of the Presbyterians' plans, and it was decided that the town would be separated into two The new parish was formed in 1768, and became incorporated under the name Seabrook shortly after Hampton Falls was considered one of the leading manufacturing towns in the entire state of New Hampshire around the time of 17703

A plan to unite Seabrook and portions of Hampton Falls together was thought up in 1782 The town would've been called New Hampton Falls, but Hampton Falls was successful in making the proposal fail In 1835, the town of Hampton Falls had a new meeting-house erected Where in town it existed is unknown3

On the night between October 29 and October 30 in 1827, an earthquake struck the small town A flash of light from a fault in the southern region of the town occurred, with violent trembeling shortly following It caused at least three chimneys to collapse partially or completely, with several others cracked Another, more severe earthquake also struck Hampton Falls on November 18, 1755, causing more, but not a lot of damage3

On May 21, 2006, an F25 tornado formed in the town at around 6:30 pm EST6 It was near Interstate 95 where it overturned a truck, leaving two injured men and a kayak in a tree7


Hampton Falls borders Kensington to the west, Exeter and Hampton to the north, and Seabrook to the south Some other nearby places include Boston, Massachusetts, only 45 miles 72 km away, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, a mere 15 miles 24 km to the north8

The highest point in town is the summit of Great Hill, at 230 feet 70 m above sea level, just north of the Weare mills on the Hampton Falls River, at an altitude of 61 feet 19 m above sea level3 According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 125 square miles 324 km2, of which 122 sq mi 316 km2 is land and 03 sq mi 078 km2 is water, comprising 24% of the town Hampton Falls lies fully within the Piscataqua River Coastal watershed9

The town is served by Interstate 95, US Route 1, New Hampshire Route 84 and New Hampshire Route 88


Historical population
1790 541
1800 519 −41%
1810 570 98%
1820 572 04%
1830 582 17%
1840 656 127%
1850 640 −24%
1860 621 −30%
1870 679 93%
1880 678 −01%
1890 623 −81%
1900 560 −101%
1910 552 −14%
1920 483 −125%
1930 481 −04%
1940 493 25%
1950 629 276%
1960 885 407%
1970 1,254 417%
1980 1,372 94%
1990 1,467 69%
2000 1,890 288%
2010 2,236 183%
Est 2015 2,291 25%

As of the census12 of 2000, there were 1,890 people, 704 households, and 546 families residing in the town The population density was 1539 people per square mile 594/km² There were 729 housing units at an average density of 597 per square mile 230/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9846% White, 005% African American, 074% Asian, 005% from other races, and 069% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 069% of the population

There were 704 households out of which 347% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 705% were married couples living together, 51% had a female householder with no husband present, and 224% were non-families 165% of all households were made up of individuals and 78% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 267 and the average family size was 303

In the town, the population was spread out with 257% under the age of 18, 40% from 18 to 24, 271% from 25 to 44, 304% from 45 to 64, and 128% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 42 years For every 100 females there were 1028 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 963 males

The median income for a household in the town was $76,348, and the median income for a family was $86,229 Males had a median income of $60,250 versus $36,750 for females The per capita income for the town was $35,060 About 22% of families and 29% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31% of those under age 18 and 33% of those age 65 or over

According to State figures, "Population in Hampton Falls tripled over the last fifty years, growing above the statewide average rate in three of the five decades Decennial growth rates ranged from a nine percent increase between 1970-1980 to a 42 percent increase between 1960-1970 Population in Hampton Falls grew by a total of 1,251 residents, going from 629 in 1950 to 1,880 residents in 2000"11


Like many New England towns, Hampton Falls has a town meeting/board of selectmen form of government The current selectmen are Micheal Farinola, Richard P McDermott and Maryann Kasprzak Town meeting is held annually in the school auditorium, and elections are conducted using a New Hampshire Senate Bill 2 systemcitation needed


The old East School, adjacent to the public library

Once a farming and lumbering community, the numerous falls on the Taylor River provided water power for mills operating within the town Today it is largely residential, with numerous antique shops along US 111 Applecrest Farm Orchards, established in 1913, is the town's largest employer, with 18 employees13


Currently, the Lincoln Akerman School is the only public school in town But at one point, five public schools existed, the North, South, West, and two East schools One of the East Schools burned down in 1947, and the Lincoln Akerman School replaced it in 1949 The other East School was moved to an area near the new library Another school was turned into a home, and another was crushed by a boulder one winter when students pushed it off a hillcitation needed Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons among other novels, taught Spanish at Lincoln Akerman for a brief period during the 1990s

High school students attend Winnacunnet High School in the neighboring town of Hampton11

Heronfield Academy, a private Episcopal middle school, is located on Exeter Road on the border of Hampton Falls and Exeter14

Notable peopleedit

Elmfield, built in 1787, where summer resident John Greenleaf Whittier died in 1892 Image c 1910
  • Alice Brown 1857-1948, novelist, poet and playwright15
  • Warren Brown 1836–1919, politician16
  • Ralph Adams Cram 1863–1942, architect17
  • Scotty Lago 1987-, Olympic gold medalist snowboardercitation needed
  • Benson Leavitt 1797–1869, acting mayor of Boston, Massachusetts18
  • Jonathan Leavitt, publisher19
  • Wesley Powell 1915–1981, 70th Governor of New Hampshire20
  • Andy Pratt 1947-, singer-songwriter
  • Florence Ryerson 1892-1965, screenwriter and playwright; co-author of script for The Wizard of Oz 1939 filmcitation needed
  • Franklin Benjamin Sanborn, journalist, author, historian, abolitionist and social reformer21
  • John H Sununu b 1939, White House chief of staff and the 75th governor of New Hampshire22
  • Meshech Weare 1713–1786, first president of New Hampshire23
  • John Greenleaf Whittier 1807–1892, poet and activist24
  • Paine Wingate 1739–1838, preacher, US senator25


  1. ^ a b United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures Retrieved March 23, 2011
  2. ^ Coolidge, Austin J; John B Mansfield 1859 A History and Description of New England Boston, Massachusetts p 515 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Brown, Warren 1900 History of Hampton Falls Vol I Manchester, New Hampshire: John E Clarke Co 
  4. ^ Brown, Warren 1918 History of Hampton Falls Vol II Concord, New Hampshire: The Rumford Press 
  5. ^ North Hampton, New Hampshire 03862 Conditions & Forecast : Weather Underground
  6. ^ Storm Prediction Center 20060521's Storm Reports
  7. ^ NCDC: Event Details
  8. ^ Town of Hampton Falls, New Hampshire Archived 2006-08-04 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Foster, Debra H; Batorfalvy, Tatianna N; Medalie, Laura 1995 Water Use in New Hampshire: An Activities Guide for Teachers US Department of the Interior and US Geological Survey 
  10. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015" Archived from the original on June 2, 2016 Retrieved July 2, 2016 
  11. ^ a b c d "Hampton Falls, New Hampshire" NH Dept of Employment Security Archived from the original on 2007-10-09 Retrieved 2008-07-22 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  13. ^ Applecrest Orchards official site
  14. ^ Heronfield Academy
  15. ^ "Alice Brown" 2014 Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc Retrieved 26 January 2014 
  16. ^ Brown, Warren The Granite Monthly: A Magazine of Literature, History and State , Volume 51 New England Agricultural Society pp 483–484 Retrieved January 27, 2014 
  17. ^ "Ralph Adams Cram" North Carolina State University Retrieved 28 January 2014 
  18. ^ Leavitt, Benson Proceedings of the New England Historic Genealogical Society New England Historic Genealogical Society p 35 Retrieved January 27, 2014 
  19. ^ Leavitt, Jonathan History of Hampton Falls, NH Warren Brown p 452 Retrieved January 27, 2014 
  20. ^ "Wesley Powell" National Governors Association Retrieved 28 January 2014 
  21. ^ "Franklin Benjamin Sanborn" 2014 Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc Retrieved 28 January 2014 
  22. ^ "John H Sununu" NewsOKcom Retrieved 28 January 2014 
  23. ^ "Meshech Weare" National Governors Association Retrieved 28 January 2014 
  24. ^ "John Greenleaf Whittier" 2014 Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc Retrieved 28 January 2014 
  25. ^ "WINGATE, Paine, 1739 - 1838" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved January 16, 2014 

External linksedit

  • Town of Hampton Falls official website
  • Hampton Falls Free Library
  • Hampton Falls Historical Society
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
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