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Hopkinton, New Hampshire

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Hopkinton is a town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 5,589 at the 2010 census1 The town has three distinct communities: Hopkinton village, mainly a residential area in the center of the town; Contoocook, the town's business hub, located in the north; and West Hopkinton, within the more agricultural portion of the town The town is home to the Hopkinton State Fair, adjacent to Contoocook village, and to the historic Contoocook Railroad Depot and the Contoocook Railroad Bridge, the oldest covered railroad bridge in the United States2


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 Government
  • 5 Education
  • 6 Sites of interest
    • 61 l Register of Historic Places
  • 7 Notable people
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links


The town's first framed house, as seen in 1901

The town was granted by Colonial Governor Jonathan Belcher in 1735 as "Number 5" to settlers from Hopkinton, Massachusetts, who renamed it "New Hopkinton" First settled in 1736, colonists were required to build homes, fence in their land, plant it with English grass, and provide a home for a minister, all within seven years The community would be incorporated in 1765 by Governor Benning Wentworth3 Built in 1789, the Congregational Church has a Revere bell4 The legislature met in Hopkinton occasionally between 1798 and 1807 In 1808, the town competed for the coveted position of state capitol, but was defeated by nearby Concord

W S Davis Building 1889

A substantial portion of the town in the north was named "Contoocook Village" for a tribe of the Pennacook Indians who once lived there Due to its position along the Contoocook River, it became a center for water-powered industry, particularly lumber and textiles The Contoocook covered railroad bridge in the village is a remnant of the Boston & Maine Railroad and is the oldest covered bridge of its kind still standing in the United States2 Next to the bridge is the Contoocook Railroad Depot, one of the original railroad depots for the Concord and Claremont Railroad

Since 1915, Hopkinton has been home to the Hopkinton State Fair, an event which attracts thousands of visitors each year during the Labor Day weekend5


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 452 square miles 1170 km2, of which 434 square miles 1123 km2 is land and 18 square miles 46 km2 is water, comprising 395% of the town1 Hopkinton is drained by the Contoocook and Warner rivers The highest point in town is Shaker Hill, on the border with Henniker, with an elevation of 923 feet 281 m above sea level Hopkinton lies fully within the Merrimack River watershed6


Historical population
1790 1,715
1800 2,015 175%
1810 2,216 100%
1820 2,437 100%
1830 2,474 15%
1840 2,454 −08%
1850 2,169 −116%
1860 2,178 04%
1870 1,814 −167%
1880 1,836 12%
1890 1,817 −10%
1900 1,652 −91%
1910 1,578 −45%
1920 1,438 −89%
1930 1,485 33%
1940 1,587 69%
1950 1,831 154%
1960 2,225 215%
1970 3,007 351%
1980 3,861 284%
1990 4,806 245%
2000 5,399 123%
2010 5,589 35%
Est 2015 5,610 04%
US Decennial Census8
Oldest part of Hopkinton village cemetery, as seen in 1901

As of the census9 of 2010, there were 5,589 people, 2,204 households, and 1,631 families residing in the town The population density was 1247 people per square mile 482/km² The racial makeup of the town was 977% White, 03% African American, 01% Native American, 06% Asian, 007% Pacific Islander, 01% from other races, and 12% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1% of the population

There were 2,204 households out of which 328% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 631% were married couples living together, 7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26% were non-families 196% of all households were made up of individuals living alone and 63% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 254 and the average family size was 292

Old Parsonage in 1901

In the town, the population was spread out with 253% under the age of 20, 33% from 20 to 24, 201% from 25 to 44, 352% from 45 to 64, and 162% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 458 years

The median income for a household in the town was $84,911, and the median income for a family was $88,796 Males had a median income of $53,806 versus $45,656 for females The per capita income for the town was $40,580 About 42% of the population was below the poverty line


In the New Hampshire Senate, Hopkinton is in the 15th District, represented by Democrat Dan Feltes On the New Hampshire Executive Council, Hopkinton is in the 2nd District, represented by Democrat Andru Volinsky In the United States House of Representatives, Hopkinton is in New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district, represented by Democrat Ann McLane Kuster


Public education is managed by the Hopkinton School District Kindergarten through third-grade students attend Harold Martin School in Hopkinton village, and fourth through sixth graders attend Maple Street School in Contoocook village The middle school is combined with Hopkinton High School in Contoocook village, which serves seventh through twelfth graders, and its sports teams are nicknamed the Hawks

According to a study conducted in early 2014 by US News & World Report, Hopkinton High School was ranked 1st among New Hampshire's public schools Hopkinton High School has also been awarded a national silver medal and is ranked nationally #711 of the 19,400 public schools in the US The school has ranked 1st consistently by US News in 2015 and 20161011

The town of Hopkinton also includes The Beech Hill School, an independent middle school serving grades 6th through 8th12

Sites of interestedit

  • Hopkinton Historical Society
  • First Congregational Church of Hopkinton
  • Contoocook Depot and Restored Pullman Passenger Coach
  • Contoocook Railroad Bridge
  • Rowell's Covered Bridge
  • Perkins Manor
  • Howe-Quimby House
  • Stanley Tavern
  • St Methodios Faith and Heritage Center

l Register of Historic Placesedit

13 Name on the Register14 Image Date listed15 Location City or town Description
1 Contoocook Railroad Depot 000000002006-03-16-0000March 16, 2006
896 Main St
43°13′21″N 71°42′47″W / 432225°N 717131°W / 432225; -717131 Contoocook Railroad Depot
Contoocook Village Owned by the Contoocook Riverway Association
2 Hopkinton Railroad Covered Bridge 000000001980-01-11-0000January 11, 1980
Off NH 103 and NH 127
43°13′23″N 71°42′51″W / 432231°N 717142°W / 432231; -717142 Hopkinton Railroad Covered Bridge
Contoocook Village Over Contoocook River in village of Contoocook
3 Howe-Quimby House 000000001980-06-27-0000June 27, 1980
862 Sugar Hill Rd
43°09′29″N 71°42′03″W / 431581°N 717008°W / 431581; -717008 Howe-Quimby House
4 William H Long Memorial 000000001977-07-15-0000July 15, 1977
300 Main St
43°11′27″N 71°40′19″W / 431908°N 716719°W / 431908; -716719 William H Long Memorial
Hopkinton Village Now houses the Hopkinton Historical Society
5 Rowell's Covered Bridge 000000001976-11-21-0000November 21, 1976
Clement Hill Rd
43°11′33″N 71°44′54″W / 431925°N 717483°W / 431925; -717483 Rowell's Covered Bridge
West Hopkinton Over Contoocook River
6 Stanley Tavern 000000002005-09-07-0000September 7, 2005
371 Main St
43°11′29″N 71°40′27″W / 431914°N 716742°W / 431914; -716742 Stanley Tavern
Hopkinton Village

Notable peopleedit

  • Rose Flanders Bascom 1880–1915, first American female lion tamer
  • Carlton Chase 1794–1870, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire
  • Thomas Corbett 1780–1857, a Shaker doctor that was well known nationally for his botanical medicines
  • Alvan Flanders 1825–1884, delegate from the Territory of Washington
  • Matthew Harvey 1781–1866, lawyer, politician and 13th Governor of New Hampshire
  • Otto and Vivika Heino 1910–2009, husband and wife ceramics artists
  • John SC Knowlton 1798–1871, newspaper editor, publisher and politician
  • Ann McLane Kuster b 1956, current US congresswoman representing New Hampshire's Second District
  • Mary Greenleaf Clement Leavitt 1830–1912, first round-the-world missionary for the Woman's Christian Temperance Union
  • Stephen Harriman Long 1784–1864, engineer, explorer, inventor
  • David Luneau b 1965, Independent member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, inventor
  • John Lynch b 1952, 80th Governor of New Hampshire
  • Susan Lynch, First Lady of New Hampshire to John Lynch
  • George H Perkins 1836–1899, Commodore for the United States Navy
  • Isabel Weld Perkins 1876–1948, Boston area heiress, author and daughter of George H Perkins
  • Elizabeth Wentworth Roberts 1871–1927, American painter and founder of the Concord Art Association
  • Tina Satter, New York City-based playwright and director
  • Irene Shepard 1922–2014, educator and politician
  • David Souter b 1939, former associate justice of the US Supreme Court
  • Richard Sylla, writer and professor
  • Susan Ware b 1950, independent scholar, writer and the general editor at the American National Biography


  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data G001: Hopkinton town, Merrimack County, New Hampshire" US Census Bureau, American Factfinder Retrieved December 1, 2015 
  2. ^ a b "RAILROAD BRIDGE, Hopkinton, New Hampshire" New Hampshire Division of Historic Resources Retrieved 2008-01-10 
  3. ^ "History of Hopkinton" J W Lewis and Co 
  4. ^ Chapter XXVII Charles Chase Lord 
  5. ^ http://hsfairorg/historyhtm
  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. ^ "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 
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Archived from the original on May 12, 2015 Retrieved June 4, 2016 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  10. ^ http://wwwusnewscom/education/best-high-schools/new-hampshire
  11. ^ http://wwwusnewscom/education/best-high-schools/new-hampshire/districts/hopkinton-school-district/hopkinton-high-school-12390
  12. ^ http://wwwthebeechhillschoolorg/
  13. ^ Numbers represent an ordering by significant words Various colorings, defined here, differentiate National Historic Landmarks and historic districts from other NRHP buildings, structures, sites or objects
  14. ^ National Park Service 2008-04-24 "National Register Information System" National Register of Historic Places National Park Service 
  15. ^ The eight-digit number below each date is the number assigned to each location in the National Register Information System database, which can be viewed by clicking the number

External linksedit

  • Town of Hopkinton official website
  • Hopkinton Town Library
  • Hopkinton State Fair
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
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