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Newfields, New Hampshire

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Newfields is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 1,680 at the 2010 census1 The primary village in town, where 301 people resided at the 2010 census,1 is defined as the Newfields census-designated place CDP, and is located along New Hampshire Route 85 and the Squamscott River It is a quaint village of handsome old houses


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


Childe Hassam, Newfields, New Hampshire, 1917, Princeton University Art Museum

Incorporated in 1849, Newfields was part of Exeter until 1727, when it became part of Newmarket Settled in 1638, it was called Newfield Village as early as 1681, and later South Newmarket, a parish of that town

The name Newfields was not used by census takers until 1900 Previously, it was listed as South New Market 1850, South Newmarket 1860 and 1880, or simply as Newmarket 18702

Garrison houses, built as protection against Indian attack, were not uncommon Among the earliest tithingmen in the village were Jonathan Robinson 1678, Abraham and Jeremiah Folsom 1720, Andrew Glidden 1721, Trueworthy Leavitt 1725, Samuel Edgerly 1728, Nathaniel Gilman 1729 and Nathaniel Webster 17293

In 1775, a bridge was built across the Squamscott River connecting the community with Stratham This shortened the journey to Exeter, established that year as the Revolutionary capital But the new route bypassed the center of town, built on either side of an ancient Squamscot Indian trail This preserved old Newfields

Wesleyan Academy was established here in 1817, a Methodist school of 5 boys and 5 girls under the tutelage of Reverend John Brodhead and others Coeducation was then rather advanced Unfortunately, the academy struggled financially from the start because of, as administrators would conclude, "its location in a setting of relatively few Methodists, of limited means" And so, in 1825, it removed to Wilbraham, Massachusetts The academy's site is now occupied by the Newfields Elementary School, with about 170 children as of 2011, from grades K-5

In 1841, the Boston and Maine Railroad extended service to the community In 1880, Dr John M Brodhead presented his own library and $10,000 to the town on condition that it be renamed Newfields The town was so incorporated in 1895



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 72 square miles 186 km2, of which 70 sq mi 181 km2 is land and 02 sq mi 05 km2 is water, comprising 223% of the town It is drained by the Piscassic River, a tributary of the Lamprey River, and bounded to the east by the Squamscott River The highest point in Newfields is the summit of Oakland Hill at 240 feet 73 m above sea level, on the town's southern border

The town is crossed by New Hampshire Route 85, New Hampshire Route 87 and New Hampshire Route 108


Historical population
1850 516
1860 786 523%
1870 808 28%
1880 829 26%
1890 855 31%
1900 647 −243%
1910 503 −223%
1920 470 −66%
1930 376 −200%
1940 417 109%
1950 469 125%
1960 737 571%
1970 843 144%
1980 817 −31%
1990 888 87%
2000 1,551 747%
2010 1,680 83%
Est 2015 1,695 09%
US Decennial Census5

As of the census6 of 2000, there were 1,551 people, 516 households, and 431 families residing in the town The population density was 2209 people per square mile 853/km² There were 532 housing units at an average density of 758 per square mile 293/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9794% White, 013% African American, 084% Asian, 026% from other races, and 084% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 052% of the population

There were 516 households out of which 486% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 760% were married couples living together, 56% had a female householder with no husband present, and 163% were non-families 99% of all households were made up of individuals and 43% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 301 and the average family size was 323

In the town, the population was spread out with 311% under the age of 18, 46% from 18 to 24, 360% from 25 to 44, 208% from 45 to 64, and 75% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 36 years For every 100 females there were 971 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 931 males

The median income for a household in the town was $71,375, and the median income for a family was $75,078 Males had a median income of $50,417 versus $31,607 for females The per capita income for the town was $28,687 About 25% of families and 28% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over

Notable peopleedit

  • William Badger, master shipbuilder
  • John Brodhead, US congressman
  • Winthrop Hilton, colonial military officer
  • James Pike, US congressman
  • Chris Sununu, New Hampshire governor


  1. ^ a b United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures Retrieved March 23, 2011
  2. ^ US Federal Census Collection: http://searchancestrycom/search/group/usfedcen
  3. ^ History of Newfields, New Hampshire, 1638–1911, James Hill Fitts, Printed by J Lane Fitts, Concord, New Hampshire, 1912
  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. ^ "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2008-01-31 

External linksedit

  • Town of Newfields official website
  • Newfields Public Library
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
  • History of Newfields, New Hampshire, 1638-1911, James Hill Fitts, 1912
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