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Mason, New Hampshire

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Mason is a town in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 1,382 at the 2010 census1 Mason, together with Wilton, is home to Russell-Abbott State Forest


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
    • 21 Adjacent municipalities
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 Town facilities
  • 5 Notable people
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


Mason was first known as Number One, the first in a line of border towns including area allotted to the Province of New Hampshire after its border with neighboring Massachusetts was fixed in 1739 The town's charter was granted in 1749 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, and in 1768 his nephew, Governor John Wentworth, named it in honor of New Hampshire's founder, Captain John Mason Captain Mason was the holder of patent with title to the land that became New Hampshire Greenville was set off from Mason in 18722

Near the town's center is the boyhood home of Samuel Wilson, the meat-supplier who is believed to have inspired the Uncle Sam character The private house is today identified by a state historical marker Another prominent local figure was Elizabeth Orton Jones, an author, illustrator and teacher better known as "Twig" Jones is noted for her recording of town history and her dedication to Andy's Summer Playhouse, a renowned youth theater founded in Mason3 Pickity Place, a local cottage built in 1759 by Ebenezer Blood, was the model for the grandmother's house in Jones' 1948 illustrated version of Little Red Riding Hood Pickity Place was created by David and Judith Walter It was also the home of Ron Harry, Boston Garden organist from 1983–1995 and for the Boston Celtics in the TD Banknorth Garden until his death in 20044


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 240 square miles 622 km2, of which 239 square miles 62 km2 is land and 01 square miles 026 km2 025% is water Mason is drained by Spaulding Brook The town's highest point is 1,100 feet 340 m above sea level, on an unnamed summit near the border with Greenville

Mason is bordered by New Ipswich and Greenville to the west, Wilton to the north, Milford to the northeast, Brookline to the east, and Ashby, Massachusetts and Townsend, Massachusetts to the south

The town is served by state routes 31, 123 and 124

Adjacent municipalitiesedit

  • Wilton, New Hampshire north
  • Milford, New Hampshire northeast
  • Brookline, New Hampshire east
  • Townsend, Massachusetts southeast
  • Ashby, Massachusetts southwest
  • New Ipswich, New Hampshire west
  • Greenville, New Hampshire west


Historical population
1790 922
1800 1,179 279%
1810 1,077 −87%
1820 1,313 219%
1830 1,403 69%
1840 1,275 −91%
1850 1,626 275%
1860 1,559 −41%
1870 1,364 −125%
1880 645 −527%
1890 629 −25%
1900 459 −270%
1910 325 −292%
1920 278 −145%
1930 254 −86%
1940 249 −20%
1950 288 157%
1960 349 212%
1970 518 484%
1980 792 529%
1990 1,212 530%
2000 1,147 −54%
2010 1,382 205%
Est 2015 1,409 20%
US Decennial Census6
Wolf Rock in 1909

As of the census7 of 2000, there were 1,147 people, 433 households, and 328 families residing in the town The population density was 480 people per square mile 185/km² There were 455 housing units at an average density of 190 per square mile 74/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9808% White, 017% African American, 009% Native American, 044% Asian, 044% Pacific Islander, and 078% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 096% of the population

There were 433 households out of which 319% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 658% were married couples living together, 55% had a female householder with no husband present, and 242% were non-families 180% of all households were made up of individuals and 62% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 265 and the average family size was 302

Watering trough in 1909

In the town, the population was spread out with 243% under the age of 18, 55% from 18 to 24, 330% from 25 to 44, 288% from 45 to 64, and 85% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 40 years For every 100 females there were 1063 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 1067 males

The median income for a household in the town was $60,433, and the median income for a family was $61,908 Males had a median income of $43,558 versus $26,042 for females The per capita income for the town was $28,503 About 36% of families and 34% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33% of those under age 18 and 49% of those age 65 or over

Town facilitiesedit

Sign for Uncle Sam's house

Mason is immediately north of the Massachusetts border, with the center of town approximately 5 kilometers from the state line At the center of town are five public buildings: the library, elementary school, meetinghouse, church, and police station, all situated where Darling Hill, Old Ashby, Merriam Hill, Meetinghouse Hill and Valley roads meet The public middle and high school students are tuitioned to Milford which is northeast of Mason Also to the west is Greenville, location of the shared post office On Depot Road, a kilometer down the hill from town center, is the Volunteer Fire and EMS Department and Town Highway Department

Notable peopleedit

  • John Boynton, founder of Worcester Polytechnic Institutecitation needed
  • F Ross Holland, Jr, historian
  • Elizabeth Orton Jones, children's book author and illustrator
  • Samuel Wilson, meat-packer and origin of Uncle Sam
  • Walter A Wood, US congressman


  1. ^ 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 pp 574–575 
  3. ^ "Elizabeth Orton Jones 1910-2005 Biography" JRank Retrieved 1 October 2012 
  4. ^ Town of Mason 2004 Annual Report, pg, 37
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015" Retrieved July 2, 2016 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Retrieved June 4, 2016 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2008-01-31 

External linksedit

  • Town of Mason official website
  • Mason Police Department
  • SAU 89 Mason Elementary School
  • Unofficial town website
  • Mason Public Library
  • Mason Grapevine Newsletter
  • Mason NH Gazette Newsletter
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
  • State of New Hampshire Information on Mason
  • Mason Genealogy, History & Town Records
  • Mason Weather Information
  • Topographic Maps of Mason, University of New Hampshire Library
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