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Madbury, New Hampshire

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Madbury is a town in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 1,771 at the 2010 census1


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 Schools
  • 5 Madbury Day
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


Madbury was originally a part of Dover called Barbadoes, after the West Indies island of Barbados with which settlers conducted trade, sending wood and lumber in exchange for sugar, molasses and other commodities The name survives at Barbadoes Pond Garrison houses were built as protection against the Indians Later it was part of Durham, a Dover parish which organized in 1716 and then incorporated in 1735 Madbury was once the farm of Sir Francis Champernowne of Greenland, and named after his ancient family's mansion at Modbury in Devon, England2

The name Madbury Parish was first recorded in a 1755 grant made by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, with full town privileges granted in 1768 by his successor, Governor John Wentworth A lumbering and farming community, Madbury was incorporated in 17752 Jackson in Carroll County was first settled in 1778 as New Madbury by residents of the town Today, Madbury is residential, its inhabitants generally employed elsewhere Numerous faculty of the nearby University of New Hampshire reside here


The town of Madbury is shaped like a wedge, extending from the eastern tip of the town touching Cedar Point on Little Bay to the town's border with Barrington to the west The towns of Durham and Lee border Madbury to the south, and the city of Dover is to the northeast According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 122 square miles 32 km2, of which 117 sq mi 30 km2 is land and 06 sq mi 16 km2 is water, comprising 458% of the town The highest point of land is the summit of Hicks Hill, at 331 feet 101 m above sea level, located close to the center of town

Although a branch of the Oyster River rises in western Madbury, the Bellamy River is the only river of size in town Bellamy Reservoir, fed by the Bellamy River together with Mallego Brook, covers 382 acres 15 km2 and provides 60% of the water supply for Portsmouth It was created in 1960 with a dam built by the Army Corps of Engineers

Madbury is served by state routes 9, 108 and 155


Historical population
1790 592
1800 544 −81%
1810 582 70%
1820 559 −40%
1830 510 −88%
1840 489 −41%
1850 483 −12%
1860 496 27%
1870 408 −177%
1880 397 −27%
1890 367 −76%
1900 336 −84%
1910 331 −15%
1920 326 −15%
1930 358 98%
1940 401 120%
1950 489 219%
1960 556 137%
1970 704 266%
1980 987 402%
1990 1,404 422%
2000 1,509 75%
2010 1,771 174%
Est 2015 1,807 20%
US Decennial Census4
Mill Hill Road Bridge c 1905

As of the census5 of 2000, there were 1,509 people, 534 households, and 411 families residing in the town The population density was 1292 people per square mile 499/km² There were 543 housing units at an average density of 465 per square mile 179/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9662% White, 040% African American, 027% Native American, 126% Asian, 040% from other races, and 106% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 046% of the population

There were 534 households out of which 423% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 631% were married couples living together, 96% had a female householder with no husband present, and 230% were non-families 150% of all households were made up of individuals and 52% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 283 and the average family size was 313

Dam at the Bellamy Reservoir

In the town, the population was spread out with 300% under the age of 18, 64% from 18 to 24, 323% from 25 to 44, 237% from 45 to 64, and 76% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 36 years For every 100 females there were 996 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 972 males

The median income for a household in the town was $57,981, and the median income for a family was $67,981 Males had a median income of $47,969 versus $30,000 for females The per capita income for the town was $26,524 About 39% of families and 58% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41% of those under age 18 and 34% of those age 65 or over


Madbury is part of the Oyster River Cooperative School District, along with the towns of Durham and Lee One of the two elementary schools in the district, Moharimet Elementary School, is located in Madbury on Route 155 It was named after a local Indian chiefcitation needed

Madbury Dayedit

Madbury Day occurs the second Saturday in June Main activities include the parade, community yard sale, Fire Department chicken BBQ, face-painting, and the guy who makes brooms The parade begins at 10am at the intersection of Cherry Lane and Town Hall Rd, making its way towards the Town Hall Participants of the parade typically include antique cars, fire engines, the Oyster River Middle School Jazz Band, clowns on unicycles, women of the Madbury Community Club, and adolescents on bicycles6


  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures Retrieved March 23, 2011
  2. ^ a b Coolidge, Austin J; John B Mansfield 1859 A History and Description of New England Boston, Massachusetts p 563 
  3. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015" Retrieved July 2, 2016 
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Retrieved June 4, 2016 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  6. ^ http://wwwfosterscom/apps/pbcsdll/articleAID=/20130616/GJCOMMUNITY_01/130619416/-1/foscommunity1503

External linksedit

  • Town of Madbury official website
  • Madbury Public Library
  • Madbury Planning Board
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
  • Kingman Farm, University of New Hampshire
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