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Meredith, New Hampshire

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Meredith is a town in Belknap County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 6,241 at the 2010 census1 Meredith is situated beside Lake Winnipesaukee It is home to the Stonedam Island Natural Area and the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad

The primary village in town, where 1,718 people resided at the 2010 census,2 is defined as the Meredith census-designated place CDP, and is located at the junction of US Route 3 and New Hampshire Route 25 at the head of Meredith Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
    • 31 Meredith village
  • 4 Government
  • 5 Education
  • 6 Notable people
  • 7 Sites of interest
  • 8 References
  • 9 Further reading
  • 10 External links

Historyedit

Meredith village c 1905

Meredith was first known as Palmer's Town in honor of Samuel Palmer, a teacher of surveying and navigation who laid out much of the land surrounding Lake Winnipesaukee In 1748, it was one of the first towns to have a charter granted by the Masonian Proprietors Many grantees were from Salem, Massachusetts, so Palmer's Town was renamed New Salem It was settled in 1766 by Jacob Eaton and Colonel Ebenezer Smith, then regranted in 1768 by Governor John Wentworth and named after Sir William Meredith, 3rd Baronet, a member of Parliament who opposed taxation on the colonies

Farmers grew corn, wheat, rye and potatoes, but the area became noted for apple orchards The outlet of Lake Waukewan provided water power sites, and by 1859 Meredith village had a sawmill, gristmill, shingle mill, blacksmith shop, harness-maker's shop and tannery Situated at the outlet of Wickwas Lake, Meredith Center had a sawmill, gristmill and blacksmith shop Connected by the Boston, Concord & Montreal Railroad in March 1849, the town became a summer resort Passengers also arrived from the Alton Bay depot aboard steamboats, the most famous of which was the original SS Mount Washington, launched in 1872 Meredith remains a popular tourist destination

Geographyedit

Plymouth Street c 1920

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 542 square miles 1404 km2, of which 399 square miles 1034 km2 is land and 143 square miles 370 km2 or 2637% is water3 The highest point in Meredith is the summit of Leavitt Mountain, elevation 1,414 feet 431 m above sea level, in the southwestern part of town

Meredith village, formally defined by the US Census Bureau as the Meredith census-designated place CDP, has a total area of 19 sq mi 48 km2 15 sq mi 38 km2 of it is land and 039 sq mi 10 km2 of it 2008% is water Meredith village is the commercial hub of the town, and lies between the northern tip of Meredith Bay, one of several large arms of Lake Winnipesaukee and Lake Waukewan A second village, Meredith Center, is located near the shores of Lake Wickwas closer the geographic center of the town Meredith Center has much less commercial development than Meredith Village, being located near several protected state forests and wildlife areas

The town is crossed by US Route 3, New Hampshire Route 25, New Hampshire Route 104, and New Hampshire Route 106 It is bordered by the towns of Sanbornton to the southwest, New Hampton to the west, Center Harbor to the north, Moultonborough to the northeast across Lake Winnipesaukee, Gilford to the southeast, and Laconia to the south

Like many other towns of the Lakes Region, Meredith is dominated by several large bodies of water About half of the town's southeastern boundary with its neighbor Laconia is occupied by Winnisquam Lake, while the northern half of town lies within a peninsula, Meredith Neck, that separates Meredith Bay from the main body of Lake Winnipesaukee, giving Meredith an extensive coastline Bear Island, the second largest on Winnipesaukee, and Stonedam Island, along with dozens of smaller islands are also part of the town Several smaller lakes lie between Winnipesaukee and Winnisquam, including Wickwas Lake and Pemigewasset Lake Lake Waukewan forms the western edge of the Meredith Village CDP and extends into neighboring New Hampton

Demographicsedit

Census
Historical population
Pop
1790 881
1800 1,609 826%
1810 1,940 206%
1820 2,416 245%
1830 2,683 111%
1840 3,344 246%
1850 3,521 53%
1860 1,944 −448%
1870 1,807 −70%
1880 1,800 −04%
1890 1,642 −88%
1900 1,713 43%
1910 1,638 −44%
1920 1,680 26%
1930 1,902 132%
1940 2,192 152%
1950 2,222 14%
1960 2,434 95%
1970 2,904 193%
1980 4,646 600%
1990 4,837 41%
2000 5,943 229%
2010 6,241 50%
Est 2015 6,368 20%
US Decennial Census5

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,943 people, 2,447 households, and 1,698 families residing in the town The population density was 1479 persons per square mile 571/km² There were 4,191 housing units at an average density of 1043 per square mile 403/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9791% White, 017% African American, 017% Native American, 057% Asian, 007% Pacific Islander, 022% from other races, and 089% from two or more races 050% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race

There were 2,447 households out of which 290% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 553% were married couples living together, 97% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 306% were non-families 251% of all households were made up of individuals and 108% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 238 and the average family size was 280

In the town, the population was spread out with 225% under the age of 18, 56% from 18 to 24, 262% from 25 to 44, 289% from 45 to 64, and 168% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 42 years For every 100 females there were 978 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 969 males

The median income for a household in the town was $42,758, and the median income for a family was $54,764 Males had a median income of $35,766 versus $26,772 for females The per capita income for the town was $24,867 66% of the population and 42% of families were below the poverty line Out of the total people living in poverty, 90% are under the age of 18 and 99% are 65 or older

Meredith villageedit

Street scene c 1912

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,739 people, 710 households, and 445 families residing in Meredith village, a census-designated place CDP The population density was 1,1480 people per square mile 4447/km² There were 832 housing units at an average density of 2127 persons/km² 5493 persons/sq mi The racial makeup of the town was 9712% White, 040% African American, 046% Native American, 058% Asian, 017% from other races, and 127% from two or more races 052% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race

There were 710 households out of which 313% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 431% were married couples living together, 149% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 372% were non-families 303% of all households were made up of individuals and 117% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 231 and the average family size was 283

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 238% under the age of 18, 71% from 18 to 24, 293% from 25 to 44, 217% from 45 to 64, and 181% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 39 years For every 100 females there were 896 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 866 males

The median income for a household is $35,298, and the median income for a family was $42,292 Males had a median income of $32,679 versus $23,750 for females The per capita income for the town was $18,903 46% of the population and 43% of families were below the poverty line Out of the total people living in poverty, 65% are under the age of 18 and 75% are 65 or older

Governmentedit

In the New Hampshire Senate, Meredith is in the 2nd District, represented by Republican Bob Giuda On the New Hampshire Executive Council, Meredith is in the 1st District, represented by Republican Joe Kenney In the United States House of Representatives, Meredith is in New Hampshire's 1st congressional district, represented by Democrat Carol Shea-Porter

Educationedit

Meredith's Inter-Lakes High School is home to the Inter-Lakes Community Auditorium, which plays host to The Summer Theatre in Meredith Village formerly the Lakes Region Summer Theater every summer

Notable peopleedit

Original SS Mount Washington 1872-1939 Image c 1920
  • Bradford Anderson, actor6
  • Samuel Newell Bell, US congressman7
  • Charles A Busiel, manufacturer; US congressman and the 45th governor of New Hampshire8
  • Joseph Libbey Folsom, army officer and real estate investor
  • George G Fogg, US senator and diplomat
  • Samuel Green, criminal
  • Dudley Leavitt, publisher
  • Bob Montana, illustrator of Archie Comics
  • George Orton, Canadian middle-distance runner; Olympic gold medalist
  • Eben Ezra Roberts, architect
  • Daniel E Somes, US congressman

Sites of interestedit

Ridgefield Farm in 1917 Museums
  • Meredith Children's Museum
  • Meredith Historical Society & Museum
Regional theatres and summer stock
  • The Summer Theatre in Meredith Village
  • In 2008 the Winnipesaukee Playhouse purchased the former Annalee Dolls factory in Meredith9 In 2013, the theatre completed construction of its new facility and moved from its former site in Weirs Beach to the site of the former Annalee gift shop
Orchestras
  • Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra
Islands
  • Bear Island
  • Pine Island

Referencesedit

  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures Retrieved March 23, 2011
  2. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures Retrieved March 23, 2011
  3. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data G001 - Meredith town, New Hampshire" US Census Bureau American Factfinder Retrieved November 7, 2011 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015" Retrieved July 2, 2016 
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Retrieved June 4, 2016 
  6. ^ "Bradford Anderson" NewHampshirecom Retrieved January 22, 2014 
  7. ^ "BELL, Samuel, 1770 - 1850" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved January 22, 2014 
  8. ^ Willey, George Franklyn 1903 State Builders: An Illustrated Historical and Biographical Record of the State of New Hampshire at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century The New Hampshire Publishing Corporation p 392 
  9. ^ "Annalee property sold for playhouse" New Hampshire Business Review 2008-02-01 Retrieved 2008-08-09 

Further readingedit

  • History of Meredith, Belknap County, New Hampshire 1885
  • A J Coolidge & J B Mansfield, A History and Description of New England, Boston, Massachusetts 1859

External linksedit

  • Town of Meredith official website
  • Meredith Public Library
  • The Greater Meredith Program, a community development organization
  • Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile

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