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Tuftonboro, New Hampshire

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Tuftonboro is a town in Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 2,387 at the 2010 census1 Bounded on the southwest by Lake Winnipesaukee, Tuftonboro includes the villages of Tuftonboro Corner, Center Tuftonboro, Melvin Corner, Melvin Village and Mirror Lake


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


The United Methodist Church in Tuftonboro

Tuftonboro was the only incorporated place in New Hampshire owned by just one man, John Tufton Mason, for whom the town was named Following the 1741 separation of New Hampshire from Massachusetts, Mason was heir to the Masonian Claim, the undivided lands of northern New Hampshire He sold them in 1746 to a group of Portsmouth merchants, thereafter known as the Masonian Proprietors They disposed of the land via grants to prospective settlers prior to the Revolution

The town was granted as Tuftonborough in 1750 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, and first settled about 1780 It was incorporated by the legislature on December 17, 1795 By 1859, when the population was 1,305, the principal occupation was raising cattle and sheep across the hilly terrain Other industries included 2 sawmills, one sash, blind and door factory, one carriage factory, and 2 gristmills2


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 500 square miles 129 km2, of which 410 square miles 106 km2 is land and 90 square miles 23 km2 is water, comprising 1807% of the town3 Tuftonboro is drained by the Melvin River and Beech River Mirror Lake is in the south, and Dan Hole Pond is in the north The highest point in Tuftonboro is the south peak of Mount Shaw, elevation 2,930 feet 890 m above sea level, on the town's northwest boundary

Tuftonboro has miles of winding back roads, rolling fields, old homesteads and beautiful scenic views of the Ossipee Mountains to the northeast New Hampshire routes 171, 109, and 109A cross the town, all generally in a northwest to southeast direction

Melvin Village, a village of Tuftonboro, is a summer vacation spot on Melvin Bay of Lake Winnipesaukee It has a marina and many lakeside homes and cottages that are for rent It is also a popular spot for antique shopping Melvin Village is in the western part of Tuftonboro, near the town of Moultonborough

Also part of Tuftonboro are several islands in Lake Winnipesaukee including Little Bear Island and Cow Island among others


Historical population
1790 109
1800 357 2275%
1810 709 986%
1820 1,232 738%
1830 1,375 116%
1840 1,281 −68%
1850 1,305 19%
1860 1,186 −91%
1870 949 −200%
1880 923 −27%
1890 767 −169%
1900 663 −136%
1910 612 −77%
1920 311 −492%
1930 505 624%
1940 586 160%
1950 697 189%
1960 678 −27%
1970 910 342%
1980 1,500 648%
1990 1,842 228%
2000 2,148 166%
2010 2,387 111%
Est 2015 2,347 −17%
US Decennial Census5
Wawbeek Lodge c 1920

As of the census6 of 2000, there were 2,148 people, 926 households, and 665 families residing in the town The population density was 522 people per square mile 202/km² There were 2,019 housing units at an average density of 491 per square mile 190/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9832% White, 023% Native American, 023% Asian, 005% from other races, and 116% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 042% of the population

There were 926 households out of which 239% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 629% were married couples living together, 53% had a female householder with no husband present, and 281% were non-families 229% of all households were made up of individuals and 96% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 232 and the average family size was 268

Profile Rock c 1910

In the town, the population was spread out with 198% under the age of 18, 38% from 18 to 24, 225% from 25 to 44, 318% from 45 to 64, and 221% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 48 years For every 100 females there were 972 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 974 males

The median income for a household in the town was $45,729, and the median income for a family was $51,875 Males had a median income of $36,181 versus $27,109 for females The per capita income for the town was $25,070 About 44% of families and 64% of the population were below the poverty line, including 71% of those under age 18 and 61% of those age 65 or over

Site of interestedit

  • Tuftonboro Historical Society & Museum

Notable peopleedit

  • Edward H Brooks, US Army lieutenant generalcitation needed
  • Charles D Griffin, US Navy admiralcitation needed
  • Thomas Dreier, resident, an American editor, writer, and publisher who in the early twentieth century was the first editor of New Hampshire Troubadour,7 who wrote the 1933 book Sunny Meadows about his family's life in Melvin Village,8 and who had a column in the Nashua Telegraph9


  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures Retrieved March 23, 2011
  2. ^ A J Coolidge & J B Mansfield, A History and Description of New England; Boston, Massachusetts 1859
  3. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data G001 - Tuftonboro 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. ^ "Carlson Shows Oils, Water Colors; Whitman Pencil Paintings Also at Public Library Now" Nashua Telegraph 64 235 Nashua, New Hampshire 1932-12-07 p 5 OCLC 22532489 
  8. ^ Murdock, Kenneth B 1934 "Sunny Meadows by Thomas Dreier; The White Hills: Mountain New Hampshire, Winnepesaukee to Washington by Cornelius Weygandt" The New England Quarterly MIT Press 7 3: 583–585 ISSN 0028-4866 JSTOR 359679 
  9. ^ "Sunny Meadows Farm Philosophy" Nashua Telegraph 63 256 Nashua, New Hampshire 1932-01-04 p 4 OCLC 22532489 

External linksedit

  • Town of Tuftonboro official website
  • Tuftonboro Free Library
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
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