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Newbury, New Hampshire

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Newbury is a town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 2,072 at the 2010 census1 Newbury is home to part of Lake Sunapee, including Mount Sunapee State Park Beach Mount Sunapee Resort, a ski area in Mount Sunapee State Park, is in the west The town includes the villages of Blodgett Landing and South Newbury


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


The Fells c 1905

Situated at the south end of Lake Sunapee, this town has gone through numerous name changes It started in 1753 as "Dantzic", after the Baltic seaport The first provincial grant in 1754 named the town "Hereford", in honor of Edward Devereaux, Viscount Hereford Colonial Governor John Wentworth renewed the grant in 1772 under the name "Fishersfield", for his brother-in-law, John Fisher The town was finally incorporated as "Newbury" in 1837, as suggested by settlers originally from Newbury, Massachusetts

The Fells Historic Site, located adjacent to the John Hay National Wildlife Refuge, is part of 876 acres 355 km2 protected of a forest country estate Protection efforts have enabled Lake Sunapee to consistently be named one of the cleanest lakes in the state


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 381 square miles 99 km2, of which 358 sq mi 93 km2 is land and 23 sq mi 60 km2 is water, comprising 601% of the town Mount Sunapee, the highest point in town, has an elevation of 2,726 feet 831 m above sea level

The village of Newbury is located at the south end of Lake Sunapee near the geographic center of the town The village is at the junction of New Hampshire Route 103 and 103A Route 103 leads northwest, past the entrance to Mount Sunapee Resort a state park and into the town of Sunapee To the southeast, Route 103 passes the village of South Newbury before entering the town of Bradford Route 103A proceeds north, parallel to the east shore of Lake Sunapee, and passes the village of Blodgett Landing before entering the town of New London

The northern half of the town drains into Lake Sunapee, which in turns drains west via the Sugar River into the Connecticut River and thence to Long Island Sound The southern half of the town, including the eastern side of Mount Sunapee, drains via Andrew Brook and the West Branch of the Warner River to the Warner River, which flows east to the Contoocook River, then into the Merrimack River, and ultimately to the Gulf of Maine


Historical population
1840 816
1850 738 −96%
1860 698 −54%
1870 601 −139%
1880 590 −18%
1890 487 −175%
1900 424 −129%
1910 402 −52%
1920 362 −100%
1930 333 −80%
1940 506 520%
1950 320 −368%
1960 342 69%
1970 509 488%
1980 961 888%
1990 1,347 402%
2000 1,702 264%
2010 2,072 217%
Est 2015 2,165 45%
US Decennial Census3
Blodgett's Landing in 1908

As of the census4 of 2000, there were 1,702 people, 691 households, and 507 families residing in the town The population density was 475 people per square mile 184/km² There were 1,311 housing units at an average density of 366 per square mile 141/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9835% White, 041% African American, 006% Native American, 012% Asian, 029% from other races, and 076% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 118% of the population

There were 691 households out of which 307% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 635% were married couples living together, 69% had a female householder with no husband present, and 265% were non-families 207% of all households were made up of individuals and 80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 246 and the average family size was 284

Forest House in 1907

In the town, the population was spread out with 228% under the age of 18, 48% from 18 to 24, 283% from 25 to 44, 280% from 45 to 64, and 162% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 42 years For every 100 females there were 1029 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 973 males

The median income for a household in the town was $58,026, and the median income for a family was $61,389 Males had a median income of $42,031 versus $29,022 for females The per capita income for the town was $29,521 None of the families and 18% of the population were living below the poverty line, including none under eighteen and none of those over 64

Notable peopleedit

  • John Milton Hay 1838–1905, 37th US Secretary of State

Sites of interestedit

  • Bell Cove Historic Caboose Museum
  • The Fells Historic Site
  • The Center Meeting House
  • Veterans Memorial at Newbury


  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures Retrieved March 23, 2011
  2. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015" Retrieved July 2, 2016 
  3. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Retrieved June 4, 2016 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2008-01-31 

External linksedit

  • Town of Newbury official website
  • Lake Sunapee Protective Association
  • Lake Sunapee - History - Old Photos and Postcards
  • Mount Sunapee State Park
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
  • Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition
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