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Sandwich, New Hampshire

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Sandwich is a town in Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States Its population was 1,326 at the 2010 census1 Sandwich includes the villages of Center Sandwich and North Sandwich Part of the White Mountain National Forest is in the north, and part of Squam Lake is in the southwestern corner of the town


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 In popular culture
  • 4 Demographics
  • 5 Sites of interest
  • 6 Notable people
  • 7 See also
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links


Chartered in 1763 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, the land was considered so inaccessible that the grant was enlarged, making Sandwich one of the largest towns in the state It was named in honor of John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, said to be the inventor of the sandwich

The earliest European settlers arrived in 1767 By 1830 Sandwich had grown to a population of 2700, roughly double the current 2010 population At that time the town contained farms, stores, mills, churches, schools, carpenters, blacksmiths, and wheelwrights

By the end of the 1800s much of the population had left Sandwich to live in cities to the west Sandwich began to be an attraction for visitors, summer residents and artists, which continues to this day2

The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen began in Sandwich as "Sandwich Home Industries" in 1920, and continues statewide today Each fall the town hosts the Sandwich Fair The Durgin Bridge, built in 1864, is a covered bridge in the eastern section of town


General store and post office c 1910

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 935 square miles 242 km2, of which 902 square miles 234 km2 is land and 32 square miles 83 km2 is water, comprising 347% of the town3 Sandwich is drained to the east by the Bearcamp and Cold rivers, to the northwest by the Beebe River, to the southwest by Squam Lake, and to the south by the Red Hill River Mount Israel, elevation 2,630 feet 802 m above sea level, is at the center Part of the Squam Mountains is in the west Part of the Sandwich Range is in the north, including the 3,993-foot 1,217 m Sandwich Mountain also known as Sandwich Dome, the highest point in town

The primary settlement in the town is Center Sandwich Other villages include Sandwich, North Sandwich, and Whiteface

In popular cultureedit

Many scenes from the iconic opening credits of the TV series Newhart were filmed in the Sandwich and Squam Lake area The footage used for the series was leftover stock recorded for the film On Golden Pond which was also filmed in the areacitation needed


Historical population
1790 905
1800 1,413 561%
1810 2,232 580%
1820 2,368 61%
1830 2,743 158%
1840 2,625 −43%
1850 2,577 −18%
1860 2,227 −136%
1870 1,854 −167%
1880 1,701 −83%
1890 1,303 −234%
1900 1,077 −173%
1910 928 −138%
1920 1,175 266%
1930 731 −378%
1940 742 15%
1950 615 −171%
1960 620 08%
1970 666 74%
1980 905 359%
1990 1,066 178%
2000 1,286 206%
2010 1,326 31%
Est 2015 1,310 −12%
US Decennial Census5
Upper Square in 1911

As of the census6 of 2000, there were 1,286 people, 564 households, and 390 families residing in the town The population density was 142 people per square mile 55/km² There were 965 housing units at an average density of 107 per square mile 41/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9782% White, 062% African American, 031% Native American, 031% Asian, and 093% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 047% of the population

There were 564 households out of which 261% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 598% were married couples living together, 64% had a female householder with no husband present, and 307% were non-families 268% of all households were made up of individuals and 137% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 228 and the average family size was 272

Lower Square c 1910

In the town, the population was spread out with 220% under the age of 18, 33% from 18 to 24, 202% from 25 to 44, 306% from 45 to 64, and 240% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 47 years For every 100 females there were 877 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 871 males

The median income for a household in the town was $47,292, and the median income for a family was $55,417 Males had a median income of $35,060 versus $25,769 for females The per capita income for the town was $23,714 About 35% of families and 61% of the population were below the poverty line, including 81% of those under age 18 and 53% of those age 65 or over

Sites of interestedit

  • Sandwich Historical Society Museum
  • Sandwich Fair

Notable peopleedit

  • Dixi Crosby, surgeon and educator, born in the town
  • Claude Rains, earned four Oscar nominations for supporting actor and portrayed Captain Renault in the film Casablanca; lived in Sandwich from 1956 until his death in March 1967
  • "Long John" Wentworth, Illinois politician, former mayor of Chicago
  • Norbert Wiener, the founder of cybernetics, summered at his cottage in Sandwich until his death in 1964 Wiener and his wife Margaret are buried in Sandwich

See alsoedit

  • Sandwich, Illinois, named after Sandwich, New Hampshire


  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures Retrieved March 23, 2011
  2. ^ Lamb, Janina, Discover Sandwich New Hampshire, The Sandwich Business Group
  3. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data G001 - Sandwich town, New Hampshire" US Census Bureau American Factfinder Retrieved November 7, 2011 
  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 Sandwich official website
  • Sandwich Historical Society
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
  • Squam Lakes Association
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