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Haverhill, New Hampshire

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Haverhill is a town in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 4,697 at the 2010 census1 Haverhill includes the villages of Woodsville, Pike, and North Haverhill, the historic town center at Haverhill Corner, and the district of Mountain Lakes Located here are Bedell Bridge State Park, Black Mountain State Forest, Kinder Memorial Forest, and Oliverian Valley Wildlife Preserve It is home to the annual North Haverhill Fair, and to a branch of the New Hampshire Community Technical Colleges The village of North Haverhill is the county seat of Grafton County2


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 Sites of interest
  • 5 Notable people
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


Settled by citizens from Haverhill, Massachusetts, the town was first known as Lower Cohos It was incorporated in 1763 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, and in 1773, became the county seat of Grafton County Haverhill was the terminus of the old Province Road, which connected the northern and western settlements with the seacoast By 1859, when the town had 2,405 inhabitants, industries included 3 gristmills, 12 sawmills, a paper mill, a large tannery, a carriage manufacturer, an iron foundry, 7 shoe factories, a printing office, and several mechanic shops3 The town is home to the oldest documented covered bridge in the country still standing—the Haverhill-Bath Bridge, built in 1829

The village of Woodsville, named for John L Woods of Wells River, Vermont, was once a very important railroad center Woods operated a sawmill on the Ammonoosuc River, and developed a railroad supply enterprise following the establishment of the Boston, Concord & Montreal Railroad The village of Pike was settled by future employees of the Pike Manufacturing Company, which was once the world's leading manufacturer of whetstones

While the village of Haverhill Corner was historically considered to be the major settlement in town, the town's municipal offices are currently located in the village of North Haverhill, with Grafton County's offices and courthouse located just two miles further north along Route 10 Woodsville served as the county seat until 1972, when the administrative offices relocated to rural land halfway between Woodsville and the smaller village of North Haverhill

The village of Woodsville is now the commercial center of Haverhill and its smaller surrounding towns, including several in Vermont Woodsville is home to the town's supermarkets, pharmacies, banks including the headquarters of the regional Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank, state liquor store, and most of its restaurants and chain stores, although a few are located in North Haverhill In 2008, Wal-Mart opened a Supercenter location in Woodsville The town's elementary and high schools, along with Cottage Hospital, a critical-access hospital serving the area, are all located in Woodsville


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 521 square miles 1349 km2, of which 510 square miles 1321 km2 is land and 11 square miles 28 km2 is water, comprising 215% of the town4 Bounded on the west by the Connecticut River, Haverhill is drained by the Ammonoosuc River, in addition to Oliverian Brook and Clark Brook Haverhill lies fully within the Connecticut River watershed5

The highest point in Haverhill, at 2,320 feet 710 m above sea level, is on the western slope of Black Mountain, whose 2,830 ft 860 m summit is in the neighboring town of Benton

The town is served by six state-maintained routes New Hampshire Route 10 is the main north–south highway through Haverhill, paralleling the Connecticut River US Route 302 enters from Vermont and passes east–west through Woodsville in the northern part of town, joining with Route 10 to head northeast to Bath and Littleton New Hampshire Route 25 enters Haverhill from Piermont while co-signed with Route 10, splitting off by itself to the southeast in Haverhill Corner New Hampshire Route 116 has its southern terminus at Route 10 in North Haverhill, and New Hampshire Route 135 has its southern terminus at Route 10 just south of Woodsville A very short section of New Hampshire Route 112 cuts through the northeastern part of town Haverhill also has easy access to US Route 5 in Vermont via bridges in North Haverhill and Woodsville


Historical population
1790 552
1800 805 458%
1810 1,105 373%
1820 1,609 456%
1830 2,183 357%
1840 2,675 225%
1850 2,405 −101%
1860 2,291 −47%
1870 2,271 −09%
1880 2,455 81%
1890 2,545 37%
1900 3,414 341%
1910 3,498 25%
1920 3,406 −26%
1930 3,665 76%
1940 3,487 −49%
1950 3,357 −37%
1960 3,127 −69%
1970 3,090 −12%
1980 3,445 115%
1990 4,164 209%
2000 4,416 61%
2010 4,697 64%
Est 2015 4,650 −10%
US Decennial Census7

As of the census8 of 2000, there were 4,416 people, 1,755 households, and 1,147 families residing in the town The population density was 865 people per square mile 334/km² There were 2,148 housing units at an average density of 421 per square mile 162/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9823% White, 045% African American, 025% Native American, 036% Asian, 002% Pacific Islander, 020% from other races, and 048% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 061% of the population

There were 1,755 households out of which 283% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 526% were married couples living together, 87% had a female householder with no husband present, and 346% were non-families 279% of all households were made up of individuals and 129% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 238 and the average family size was 291

In the town, the population was spread out with 236% under the age of 18, 75% from 18 to 24, 266% from 25 to 44, 246% from 45 to 64, and 176% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 40 years For every 100 females there were 995 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 941 males

The median income for a household in the town was $36,853, and the median income for a family was $44,816 Males had a median income of $27,100 versus $23,828 for females The per capita income for the town was $17,465 About 64% of families and 68% of the population were below the poverty line, including 61% of those under age 18 and 60% of those age 65 or over

Sites of interestedit

  • Bedell Bridge State Park
  • Haverhill-Bath Covered Bridge 1829
  • Haverhill Historical Society & Museum
  • Museum of American Weather
  • Oliverian School

Notable peopleedit

  • Samuel Brooks, merchant and politician in Lower Canada
  • Noah Davis, US congressman
  • Betty Johnson, singercitation needed
  • Henry W Keyes, 56th Governor of New Hampshire
  • Ebenezer Mackintosh, leader in Boston Stamp Act riots
  • Thomas Leverett Nelson, judge
  • John Page, Governor of New Hampshire, United States Senator
  • John A Page, son of Governor and Senator John Page, Vermont State Treasurer
  • Chad Paronto, relief pitcher with the Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves, and Houston Astros9
  • Jonathan H Rowell, US congressman from Illinois
  • Bob Smith, pitcher with the Boston Red Sox, St Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Detroit Tigers10
  • Mark Steyn, writer and political commentator11
  • Frank Stoddard, crew chief with NASCAR12


  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures Retrieved March 23, 2011
  2. ^ "Find a County" National Association of Counties Retrieved 2011-06-07 
  3. ^ A J Coolidge & J B Mansfield, A History and Description of New England; Boston, Massachusetts 1859
  4. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data G001 - Haverhill town, New Hampshire" US Census Bureau American Factfinder Retrieved November 10, 2011 
  5. ^ 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 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015" Retrieved July 2, 2016 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Retrieved June 4, 2016 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  9. ^ "Chad Paronto Stats | Baseball-Referencecom" Baseball-Referencecom Retrieved 2017-06-08 
  10. ^ "Bob Smith Stats | Baseball-Referencecom" Baseball-Referencecom Retrieved 2017-06-08 
  11. ^ "My Kind of Town" Retrieved 20 September 2011 
  12. ^ Myers, Bob Feb 2009 "NASCAR Crew Chief Frank Stoddard" Circle Track Retrieved 19 January 2011 

External linksedit

  • Town of Haverhill official website
  • Haverhill Library Association
  • Patten-North Haverhill Library
  • North Haverhill Fair
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
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