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Mont Vernon, New Hampshire

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Mont Vernon is a town in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 2,409 at the 2010 census1

It is not clear why it is spelled differently from the many other towns in the United States named after Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington Some say the "u" in "Mount" was accidentally dropped by a town clerk filling out official papers; some say the change was made deliberately to draw attention to the town; some say it uses the French spelling of "mont" as a nod to what was then the region's large French-Canadian population According to town histories, as late as the 1920s, there was some dispute about how to spell the name, with the post office and one of its most prominent hotels using a "u" for many decades


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 Education
  • 5 Fire department
  • 6 Culture
  • 7 Sports
  • 8 Notable people
  • 9 Sites of interest
  • 10 References
  • 11 External links


Mont Vernon broke away from neighboring Amherst in 1803, following a dispute over the town parish It later added a small portion of neighboring Lyndeborough2

Mont Vernon's general history follows that of many towns in this region: Originally settled for agriculture, its farms were hard hit after the Civil War when railroads opened up better farming land in the Midwest Population peaked in 1870 and began to decline

By the late 1890s it had become a tourist town, drawing summer visitors from points south, notably Boston, who escaped the heat in Mont Vernon's hills At one point it had five large summer hotels, including the Grand Hotel, located on top of Grand Hill

The hotel business began to wither with the development of the automobile, which allowed tourists to reach places like the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and it was killed by the Great Depression The town's population bottomed out at barely 300 in 1930, at which time the Grand Hotel was destroyed in a fire The remaining hotels were torn down before World War II

Since the war, Mont Vernon has slowly become a suburban community This was significantly accelerated in 1962-63 when engineers and technicians employed at Sanders Associates in Nashua found homes in Mont Vernon attractive Some bought dormant farms, some homes in the village All brought a willingness to pay more taxes to improve the schools The active farms were squeezed out and eventually only the Pomeroy farm survived It wasn't until the 1970 census that the town's official population passed mid-19th century highs

Agriculture, including a 1940s and 1950s boom in chicken and egg farming, has all but disappeared As of 2008, the town has one dairy farm The town's only General Store closed in January 2010, after more than 120 years in the same location It reopened in early 2012 under the name Fishbones, renovated in the style of the 1850s, but was shuttered less than a year later in November 2012 It has since reopened again under new owners, using the old General Store nameplate 3

Mont Vernon made national news in March 2012 due to debate during the annual town meeting over whether to rename a small fishing hole called Jew Pond4 The town eventually renamed it Carleton Pond, after the family which donated the surrounding property to the town5


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 167 square miles 43 km2, of which 166 square miles 43 km2 is land and 01 square miles 026 km2 is water, comprising 048% of the town Mont Vernon is drained by Beaver Brook and Caesar's Brook The town's highest point is on its northern border, at 1,015 feet 309 m above sea level, near the summit of Storey Hill


Historical population
1800 680
1810 762 121%
1820 729 −43%
1830 763 47%
1840 720 −56%
1850 722 03%
1860 725 04%
1870 601 −171%
1880 517 −140%
1890 479 −74%
1900 453 −54%
1910 413 −88%
1920 308 −254%
1930 302 −19%
1940 340 126%
1950 405 191%
1960 585 444%
1970 906 549%
1980 1,444 594%
1990 1,812 255%
2000 2,034 123%
2010 2,409 184%
Est 2015 2,472 26%
US Decennial Census7

As of the census8 of 2000, there were 2,034 people, 693 households, and 575 families residing in the town The population density was 1224 people per square mile 473/km² There were 720 housing units at an average density of 433 per square mile 167/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9857% White, 015% African American, 015% Native American, 025% Asian, 010% from other races, and 079% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 054% of the population

There were 693 households out of which 433% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 737% were married couples living together, 56% had a female householder with no husband present, and 169% were non-families 121% of all households were made up of individuals and 61% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 290 and the average family size was 317

In the town, the population was spread out with 297% under the age of 18, 44% from 18 to 24, 308% from 25 to 44, 260% from 45 to 64, and 91% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 38 years For every 100 females there were 1048 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 1031 males

The median income for a household in the town was $71,250, and the median income for a family was $77,869 Males had a median income of $50,353 versus $32,500 for females The per capita income for the town was $30,772 About 10% of families and 20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23% of those under age 18 and 57% of those age 65 or over


The only public school in town is the Mont Vernon Village School It is an elementary school, with grades kindergarten to six For 7th and 8th grades, Mont Vernon sends its students to the Amherst Middle School For 9th through 12th grades, the students are sent to Souhegan High School, which is in Amherst but jointly owned by Amherst and Mont Vernon Mont Vernon and Amherst comprise the school administrative unit SAU 399

Fire departmentedit

The former two-story Mont Vernon Fire Station, built in 1947, was located on North Main Street next to the Town Hall This station had 6 apparatus bays In March 2007 the town voted to raze the deteriorating building and replace it with a new fire station on the same lot The new station has 5 apparatus bays facing North Main Street, and 1 bay facing Pinkham Avenue The Fire Chief has his office in the station, along with a radio and report room, a meeting room, and an office for the Emergency Management Director The station also contains maintenance, storage, and work rooms Emergency medical services are provided by Amherst10


Outbuilding at town-owned Lamson Farm

The town has two major annual celebrations: On the last Saturday in September, it hosts "Lamson Farm Day" at a town-owned farm to celebrate its agricultural past In late April or early May, it has a celebration of spring called the "Mont Vernon Spring Gala" Both feature games, food and local entertainers


The town has two sports teams that compete regionally They are the Mont Vernon Falcons basketball team and the Mont Vernon Acers volleyball team Both teams are for girls age 9-12 The Mont Vernon Village School grades K-6 has a basketball court and volleyball court Adult volleyball has been playing on Monday nights at the school since the early 1990s The town owns land near the school that has a baseball field with bases, fencing and two dugouts The adjacent field is also used for many other sports Golf was played behind where the current post office is, sometime in the early 1900s

There is a gun sporting range in town the Purgatory Falls Fish & Game Club, and local hunting can be widely found in the fall There was a ski hill in Mont Vernon with a rope tow Running and hiking are also widely popular as Mont Vernon has many wonderful views and hiking trails, including Lamson Farm and Purgatory Falls The Morrissette Trail, opened in May 2012, goes from the lowest to the highest points in Mont Vernon for an elevation gain of 700 feet 210 m 315 to 1,015 feet 96 to 309 m The trail is dedicated to those battling cancer, and there will be signs for those honored and remembered who battled cancer It is sponsored by Summit for a Cure11

Notable peopleedit

  • Doc Adams, baseball pioneer and New York Knickerbockers player and executive
  • Ryan M Pitts, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient
  • Alex Preston, American Idol top 3 finalist

Sites of interestedit

  • Mont Vernon Historical Society Museum, upstairs in Town Hall
  • Purgatory Falls trails along Purgatory Brook
  • Horton Pond
  • Daland Library


  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 p 583 
  3. ^ Kathy Cleveland November 10, 2012 "Fishbones General Store in Mont Vernon closing its doors" The Telegraph Retrieved July 25, 2014 
  4. ^ "Mont Vernon Residents Vote to Rename NH Fishing Spot Called Jew Pond", Washington Post March 14, 2012
  5. ^ Michael Cleveland and Kathy Cleveland April 20, 2012 "Mont Vernon selectmen choose Carleton Pond as new name for Jew Pond" The Telegraph Retrieved July 25, 2014 
  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. ^ Website for SU 39, school administrative unit
  10. ^ Amherst EMS
  11. ^ Summit For A Cure, The Morrissette Trail

External linksedit

  • Town of Mont Vernon official website
  • Daland Memorial Library
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
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