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Roxbury, New Hampshire

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Roxbury is a town in Cheshire County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 229 at the 2010 census1


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


The smallest town in Cheshire County, Roxbury was incorporated in 1812 from portions of Nelson, Marlborough, and Keene By then, settlers had established agriculture among the rolling hillsides in the area, and a community center had developed at what is now called Roxbury Center It was a "hill farm" community with some scattered small mills Roxbury's granite quarries, among the most extensive in the Granite State at the time, provided some of the stone for the capitol building of New York in Albany Much of Roxbury was abandoned in the American Civil War as a very high percentage of its male population was killed in battle Other residents left after the Civil War to seek a better life in local mill villages or in the American Midwest Otter Brook Lake, constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1956-58 to control flooding in the Ashuelot and Connecticut River valleys, occupies part of the town's western boundary


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 122 square miles 316 km2, of which 119 sq mi 308 km2 is land and 03 sq mi 08 km2 is water, comprising 238% of the town The highest point in Roxbury is the summit Bassett Hill, at 1,644 feet 501 m above sea level

Granite Gorge Ski Area on Pinnacle Mountain is located in the town's northwest corner along New Hampshire Route 9, despite being advertised as being in the neighboring city of Keene

Batcheller's Cave is noted for its place in history as the hiding place of Breed Batcheller, who was edged out of town for failing to join the rebellion against the crown in the Revolutionary War2


Historical population
1820 366
1830 322 −120%
1840 286 −112%
1850 260 −91%
1860 212 −185%
1870 174 −179%
1880 126 −276%
1890 129 24%
1900 100 −225%
1910 66 −340%
1920 56 −152%
1930 53 −54%
1940 113 1132%
1950 117 35%
1960 137 171%
1970 161 175%
1980 190 180%
1990 248 305%
2000 237 −44%
2010 229 −34%
Est 2015 224 −22%
US Decennial Census4
Otter Brook Lake in Roxbury

At the 2000 census,5 there were 237 people, 89 households and 66 families residing in the town The population density was 199 per square mile 77/km² There were 90 housing units at an average density of 76 per square mile 29/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9873% White, 042% Asian, and 084% from two or more races

There were 89 households of which 326% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 674% were married couples living together, 67% had a female householder with no husband present, and 258% were non-families 202% of all households were made up of individuals and 56% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 266 and the average family size was 312

253% of the population were under the age of 18, 38% from 18 to 24, 287% from 25 to 44, 329% from 45 to 64, and 93% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 41 years For every 100 females there were 992 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 883 males

The median household income was $49,375 and the median family income was $56,875 Males had a median income of $33,984 and females $23,750 The per capita income for the town was $21,124 None of the families and 09% of the population were living below the poverty line

Notable peopleedit

  • Joseph Alexander Ames, artist
  • Nathan Ames, patent solicitor
  • Breed Batcheller, major early landowner and settler, and later in hiding at Batcheller's Cave
  • Maynard T Parker, Wisconsin jurist and legislator
  • Cyrus Wakefield, manufacturer of rattan furniture


  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures Retrieved March 23, 2011
  2. ^ "History of Roxbury" Town of Roxbury - A good dam town Town of Roxbury Retrieved 28 October 2015 
  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 

External linksedit

  • Town of Roxbury official website
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
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