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Tamworth, New Hampshire

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Tamworth is a town in Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 2,856 at the 2010 census1 Tamworth includes the villages of Chocorua, South Tamworth, Wonalancet, and Whittier The White Mountain National Forest is to the north The town is home to Hemenway State Forest in the north and White Lake State Park in the southeast


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 Transportation
  • 5 Notable people
  • 6 Culture
  • 7 Commerce
  • 8 Sites of interest
  • 9 References
  • 10 External links


Post Office in South Tamworth, NH

Granted in 1766 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, this town was named in honor of his close friend, British Admiral Washington Shirley, Viscount Tamworth The admiral's daughter, Selina Shirley, was instrumental in the founding of Dartmouth College The village of Whittier, like Mount Whittier in Ossipee, is named for the poet John Greenleaf Whittier

The Chinook Kennels here raised sled dogs for the Rear Admiral Richard E Byrd Antarctic expeditions and the Army's search-and-rescue units The Barnstormers Theatre summer playhouse was established here in 1931 by Francis Grover Cleveland, son of President Grover Cleveland He supported the theatre until his death in 1995 Barnstormers is hailed as the oldest continuously running professional theatre in the state

In 1921, at the turn of the 20th century many people travelled to the White Mountains of New Hampshire seeking haven from the noise of the cities and the business of urban life Thinkers, artists and writers such as William and Henry James, EE Cummings, friends and descendants of Julia Ward Howe and many others vacationed in the Tamworth area

Great ideas were being formulated that hatched great societal changes Out of this environment, Elizabeth Lane Whittemore started the Tamworth Community Nurse Association TCNA, dedicated to sustaining the health and vitality of Tamworth and its residents providing skilled nursing care and coordination of available services all with no fee for service2


Mill Pond c 1910, with Mount Chocorua in the distance

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 607 square miles 157 km2, of which 597 square miles 155 km2 is land and 10 square mile 26 km2 is water, comprising 159% of the town3 Tamworth is drained by the Bearcamp, Chocorua and Wonalancet rivers Chocorua Lake is to the north The highest point in Tamworth is the summit of Black Snout Mountain at 2,689 feet 820 m above sea level, located precisely at the southwest corner of the town, within the Ossipee Mountain range


Historical population
1790 266
1800 757 1846%
1810 1,134 498%
1820 1,442 272%
1830 1,554 78%
1840 1,716 104%
1850 1,766 29%
1860 1,078 −390%
1870 1,344 247%
1880 1,274 −52%
1890 1,025 −195%
1900 1,050 24%
1910 993 −54%
1920 945 −48%
1930 955 11%
1940 1,056 106%
1950 1,025 −29%
1960 1,016 −09%
1970 1,054 37%
1980 1,672 586%
1990 2,165 295%
2000 2,510 159%
2010 2,856 138%
Est 2015 2,847 −03%
US Decennial Census5
A small dam in the village of Chocorua

As of the census6 of 2000, there were 2,510 people, 1,074 households, and 675 families residing in the town The population density was 419 people per square mile 162/km² There were 1,662 housing units at an average density of 277 per square mile 107/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9805% White, 016% African American, 024% Native American, 020% Asian, 036% from other races, and 100% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 064% of the population

There were 1,074 households out of which 291% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 507% were married couples living together, 76% had a female householder with no husband present, and 371% were non-families 287% of all households were made up of individuals and 112% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 233 and the average family size was 286

Chocorua Village c 1912

In the town, the population was spread out with 237% under the age of 18, 63% from 18 to 24, 284% from 25 to 44, 260% from 45 to 64, and 157% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 41 years For every 100 females there were 1037 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 971 males

The median income for a household in the town was $35,200, and the median income for a family was $41,121 Males had a median income of $30,389 versus $23,352 for females The per capita income for the town was $17,961 About 71% of families and 95% of the population were below the poverty line, including 82% of those under age 18 and 101% of those age 65 or over


The Carroll County Transit "Blue Loon" Public Route began operating in January 2012 and new, 16-passenger, wheelchair accessible buses are now rolling through the county

The Carroll County Transit system includes an all-day flex-route connector service that originates in Wolfeboro Bus Route # 2, runs north along Route 28 to West Ossipee and continues north along Route 16, traveling to Conway, and North Conway Bus Route # 1 The service is provided using two buses running in opposite directions Bus Routes # 1 & 2 Additionally, a fixed-route connector operates twice a day between West Ossipee and Laconia Route #3 Transfer between the bus routes takes place in West Ossipee7

As of December 2012, the Concord Coach bus stop in West Ossipee is available This route connects the region with destinations as far south as Boston and as far north as Berlin, New Hampshire

Notable peopleedit

  • Grover Cleveland 1837–1908, 22nd and 24th President of the United States summer resident8
  • William James 1842–1910, psychologist and philosopher died in the village of Chocorua, located within Tamworth


The 1942 epic Look to the Mountain, by LeGrand Cannon, Jr, takes place in Tamworth as 19-year-old Whit Livingston and his new wife, 16-year-old Melissa Butler, become the first white pioneer family to settle the area9


The village of Chocurua in Tamworth is home to the stormwater modeling software company HydroCAD, Inc10

Sites of interestedit

  • Barnstormers Theatre
  • Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm
  • Club Motorsports auto racing track, a 25 mile road course
  • Tamworth Distilling
  • Tamworth Lyceum
  • Tamworth1766com - Visitor and Tourism Information


  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures Retrieved March 23, 2011
  2. ^ http://tamworthnursesorg/indexhtml
  3. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data G001 - Tamworth 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 
  7. ^ http://wwwtccaporg/nct_ccthtm
  8. ^ A Handbook of New England PE Sargent 1917-01-01 pp 746–747 
  9. ^ "Look to the Mountain" Goodreads Retrieved 2017-02-25 
  10. ^ "Hydrocad" new-hampshirebusiness-usorg Retrieved 2017-02-25 

External linksedit

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