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Moultonborough, New Hampshire

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Moultonborough is a town in Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 4,044 at the 2010 census1 Moultonborough is bounded in part by Lake Winnipesaukee in the southwest and Squam Lake in the northwest corner The town includes the census-designated place of Suissevale and the community of Lees Mill


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 Education
  • 5 Sites of interest
  • 6 Notable people
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


Moultonborough Corner in 1910

The first settlers were grantees from Hampton, among whom were at least sixteen Moultons, giving the town its name Colonel Jonathan Moulton was considered to be one of the richest men in the province at the start of the American Revolution Moultonborough was chartered in 1763 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, and at the time was described as being near the "Winnepisseoky Pond" It was officially incorporated in 1777

Moultonborough is home to the "Castle in the Clouds", an estate set in the Ossipee Mountains Thomas Gustave Plant made a fortune manufacturing shoes, bought 6,300 acres 25 km2 and hired the Boston architectural firm of J Williams Beal & Sons to design "Lucknow," a stone mansion built between 1913 and 1914 The property, with sweeping views of Lake Winnipesaukee, is a popular tourist attraction


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 746 square miles 193 km2, of which 595 square miles 154 km2 is land and 151 square miles 39 km2 is water, comprising 2029% of the town2 A large portion of the town is located along Lake Winnipesaukee, the largest lake in New Hampshire Moultonborough Bay, an 8-mile-long 13 km arm of the lake, extends from the southern corner of the town towards the center of the town Moultonborough Neck forms a peninsula between Moultonborough Bay and Center Harbor to the southwest Long Island, the largest island in Lake Winnipesaukee, is connected to Moultonborough Neck by a bridge The community of Suissevale, a census-designated place, occupies part of the northeast shore of Moultonborough Bay Inland from Winnipesaukee, Lake Kanasatka is in the west part of the town Red Hill, elevation 2,029 feet 618 m above sea level, is in the northwest Mount Shaw, elevation 2,990 feet 911 m, part of the Ossipee Mountains and the highest point in Moultonborough, is in the east

The town center of Moultonborough is located 1 mile 16 km north of the head of Moultonborough Bay, at the intersection of New Hampshire Route 25 and Route 109 Route 25 is a major east-west highway in the state connecting Meredith and Plymouth to the west with Ossipee, New Hampshire and Portland, Maine to the east Route 109, a local road, proceeds southeast towards Wolfeboro and northwest to Center Sandwich


Historical population
1790 565
1800 857 517%
1810 994 160%
1820 1,279 287%
1830 1,422 112%
1840 1,752 232%
1850 1,748 −02%
1860 1,448 −172%
1870 1,299 −103%
1880 1,254 −35%
1890 1,034 −175%
1900 901 −129%
1910 783 −131%
1920 758 −32%
1930 709 −65%
1940 788 111%
1950 880 117%
1960 840 −45%
1970 1,310 560%
1980 2,206 684%
1990 2,956 340%
2000 4,484 517%
2010 4,044 −98%
Est 2015 4,014 −07%
US Decennial Census4
Lake Winnipesaukee in 1905 from Red Hill

As of the census5 of 2000, there were 4,484 people, 1,884 households, and 1,377 families residing in the town The population density was 749 people per square mile 289/km² There were 4,523 housing units at an average density of 756 per square mile 292/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9848% White, 013% African American, 022% Native American, 056% Asian, 002% from other races, and 058% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 062% of the population

There were 1,884 households out of which 257% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 637% were married couples living together, 60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 269% were non-families 237% of all households were made up of individuals and 98% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 236 and the average family size was 277

In the town, the population was spread out with 211% under the age of 18, 41% from 18 to 24, 223% from 25 to 44, 326% from 45 to 64, and 199% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 47 years For every 100 females there were 976 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 966 males

The median income for a household in the town was $45,050, and the median income for a family was $51,729 Males had a median income of $34,236 versus $25,332 for females The per capita income for the town was $25,733 About 32% of families and 40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33% of those under age 18 and 26% of those age 65 or over


Moultonborough Academy is the local middle and high school, educating students in grades seven through twelve The school is located off Blake Road just south of the village of Moultonborough The Moultonborough Central School, which is located on NH Route 25 near the academy, serves grades K-6 The Central School has hosted an annual Veterans Day Assembly since 1998 to commemorate those who serve in the United States military The Moultonborough School District serves only the town of Moultonborough

Sites of interestedit

  • Castle in the Clouds
  • Geneva Point Center
  • Old Country Store & Museum
  • Long Island Beach
  • Jo-Jo's Country Store

Notable peopleedit

  • Benning M Bean, US congressman6
  • Robert Frost, poet summer residentcitation needed
  • Jonathan Moulton, Revolutionary War era colonel7
  • Thomas Gustave Plant, industrialist8
  • Claude Rains, actor; buried at Red Hill Cemetery9
  • John M True, Wisconsin politician10
  • John Greenleaf Whittier, poet summer residentcitation needed


  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures Retrieved March 23, 2011
  2. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data G001 - Moultonborough town, New Hampshire" US Census Bureau American Factfinder Retrieved November 7, 2011 
  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. ^ "BEAN, Benning Moulton, 1782 - 1866" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved January 21, 2014 
  7. ^ "General Jonathan Moulton" Lane Memorial Library Retrieved January 19, 2014 
  8. ^ "Lucknow Estate History" Castle in the Clouds Retrieved January 19, 2014 
  9. ^ "The Claude Rains Grave Site in Moultonborough" Moultonborough Historical Society Retrieved January 19, 2014 
  10. ^ "Statewide County WI Archives BiographiesTrue, John M" USGenWeb Retrieved 2015-08-27 

External linksedit

  • Town of Moultonborough official website
  • Moultonborough Fire Rescue
  • Moultonborough Historical Society
  • Moultonborough Public Library
  • Moultonborough School District
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
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