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Harrisville, New Hampshire

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Harrisville is a town in Cheshire County, New Hampshire, United States Besides the town center, it also includes the village of Chesham The population of the town was 961 at the 2010 census1

Harrisville is a unique, preserved 19th-century mill town located in the Monadnock region of southern New Hampshire There are nine bodies of water in the town, many back roads and trails to explore, and two original train depots at Harrisville and Chesham


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Churches
  • 4 Demographics
  • 5 Education
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


First known as Twitchell's Mills, a combination sawmill and gristmill was built here in 1774 Harrisville township was formed in 1870 from lands ceded by Marlborough, Dublin, Hancock, Nelson, and Roxbury The Manchester & Keene Railroad opened in 1878, helping it prosper as a textile mill town2 It was named for Milan Harris, whose stone and brick Cheshire Mills operated until 1970, but look virtually unchanged since the mid-19th century3

Today, the Cheshire Mills are protected as part of the Harrisville Historic District, a National Historic Landmark which includes the center of town With its red brick buildings and mills reflected in Harrisville Pond and canal, the village is frequently photographed as an iconic example of picturesque old New England4 The Harrisville Rural District includes the southern part of the town near the Dublin border


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 202 square miles 52 km2, of which 186 square miles 48 km2 is land and 16 square miles 41 km2 is water, comprising 780% of the town5 The highest point in Harrisville is the summit of Cobb Hill, at 1,909 feet 582 m above sea level Roughly the western half of Harrisville, drained by Minnewawa Brook, lies within the Ashuelot River watershed, part of the Connecticut River basin, while the eastern half, drained by Nubanusit Brook, is in the Merrimack River watershed6 Significant lakes include Silver Lake, Seaver Reservoir, and Chesham Pond on the western side, and Harrisville Pond and Skatutakee Lake draining to the east7


The Community Church of Harrisville and Chesham was formed from Chesham Baptist Church and Harrisville Congregational Church Chesham Baptist Church dates back to 1785 The church building was originally built in 1797, re-modeled in 1830, and again re-modeled in 1844 The Evangelical Congregational church of Harrisville dates back to 1840, and the church building was erected in 1840-43citation needed

The Community Church is a member of the United Church of Christ UCC and the American Baptist Association, and it retains a united congregation using both buildings The church in Harrisville is used during winter months, and the church in Chesham is used in summer months

Harrisville was home to St Denis Parish of the Roman Catholic Church from 1902 In 2010 services ended following the merger with Saint Peter Parish in Peterborough and Saint Patrick Parish in Bennington8 The church building is now owned by Historic Harrisville and is referred to as St Denis Hall9


Historical population
1880 870
1890 748 −140%
1900 791 57%
1910 623 −212%
1920 559 −103%
1930 512 −84%
1940 509 −06%
1950 519 20%
1960 459 −116%
1970 584 272%
1980 860 473%
1990 981 141%
2000 1,075 96%
2010 961 −106%
Est 2015 946 −16%
US Decennial Census11

As of the census12 of 2000, there were 1,075 people, 449 households, and 306 families residing in the town The population density was 574 people per square mile 221/km² There were 698 housing units at an average density of 372 per square mile 144/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9777% White, 009% African American, 056% Native American, 028% Asian, and 130% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 056% of the population

There were 449 households out of which 312% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 552% were married couples living together, 89% had a female householder with no husband present, and 318% were non-families 265% 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 239 and the average family size was 287

In the town, the population was spread out with 248% under the age of 18, 46% from 18 to 24, 257% from 25 to 44, 300% from 45 to 64, and 150% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 43 years For every 100 females there were 923 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 870 males

The median income for a household in the town was $48,625, and the median income for a family was $55,083 Males had a median income of $34,625 versus $27,171 for females The per capita income for the town was $25,397 About 43% of families and 57% of the population were below the poverty line, including 80% of those under age 18 and 38% of those age 65 or over


The elementary school is Wells Memorial School in Chesham


  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures Retrieved March 23, 2011
  2. ^ Harrisville Railroad Depot, Harrisville, New Hampshire
  3. ^ History of Harrisville, Cheshire County, New Hampshire
  4. ^ History of Harrisville -- KeeneNHcom
  5. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data G001 - Harrisville town, New Hampshire" US Census Bureau American Factfinder Retrieved November 8, 2011 
  6. ^ 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 
  7. ^ US Geological Survey Dublin, NH 1:25,000-scale quadrangle, 1984
  8. ^ Decree Merging Saint Peter Parish in Peterborough, New Hampshire, Saint Patrick Parish in Bennington, New Hampshire and Saint Denis Parish in Harrisville, New Hampshire, To form one new canonical person; Diocese of Manchester NH, June 25, 2006
  9. ^ St Denis Catholic Church, Historic Harrisville
  10. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015" Retrieved July 2, 2016 
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Retrieved June 4, 2016 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2008-01-31 

External linksedit

  • Town of Harrisville official website
  • Harrisville Public Library
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
  • Historical Information from Access Genealogy
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