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Warner, New Hampshire

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Warner is a town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 2,833 at the 2010 census1 The town is home to Northeast Catholic College, Rollins State Park and Mount Kearsarge State Forest

The town's central settlement, where 444 people resided at the 2010 census,2 is defined as the Warner census-designated place CDP, and is located along New Hampshire Route 103 and the Warner River The town also includes the villages of Davisville and Waterloo


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


The town was granted in 1735 as Number One by Massachusetts Governor Jonathan Belcher to petitioners largely from Amesbury, Massachusetts Called New Amesbury, it was part of a line of settlements running between the Merrimack and Connecticut rivers intended to help defend Massachusetts against New France's predations It was regranted by the Masonian Proprietors in 1749, when it was settled with four houses and a sawmill Called Jennesstown, it was abandoned and destroyed during the French and Indian War The town was granted again in 1767 to Jonathan Barnard and others, who called it Amesbury But on September 3, 1774, it was incorporated as Warner, named after Jonathan Warner, a leading Portsmouth citizen, namesake of the Warner House and relative of Governor John Wentworth It was one of the last towns established under English provincial rule prior to the Revolution3

Warner developed into a prosperous farming community which produced meats, dairy goods, vegetables, hay and apples The Warner River and its tributaries provided water power for mills, which in 1832 included twelve sawmills, 6 gristmills, a paper mill and two clothing factories By 1858, there was also a cabinet manufacturer and bottle manufacturer In 1885, industries included a bedstead factory, chain factory, woolen cloth factory, iron foundry, tannery and glove manufacturer On September 9, 1821, the town was hit by a tornado It leveled houses and forests in a 16-to-18-mile 26 to 29 km swath of destruction beginning west of Lake Sunapee, through New London and Sutton, over the southwest spur of Mount Kearsarge and ending at the Webster line The storm killed four people in Warner, seriously injured others and destroyed considerable property4

Each October, on Columbus Day weekend, Warner hosts the annual Fall Foliage Festival, attracting thousands of people from all over New England and beyond


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 559 square miles 1448 km2, of which 557 sq mi 1443 km2 is land and 02 sq mi 05 km2 is water, comprising 043% of the town Warner is drained by the Lane and Warner rivers Two covered bridges span the Warner River: the Dalton Bridge and the Waterloo Bridge

Mount Kearsarge, elevation 2,937 feet 895 m above sea level, located in the extreme north of the town, is the highest point in Warner Two state parks are located on the mountain: Rollins State Park in Warner and Winslow State Park in Wilmot Mount Kearsarge is a popular hiking destination, due both to its bare, rocky summit, and to the fact that a paved road climbs from Rollins State Park to within a half mile of the summit The peak is the highest point along the 75-mile 121 km Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway, a hiking trail which links 10 towns and encircles the Lake Sunapee region of western New Hampshire

The town is served by Interstate 89 and New Hampshire Route 103 State routes 114 and 127 cross the extreme southwestern and southeastern corners of the town, respectively It borders the towns of Wilmot, Andover and Salisbury to the north, Webster to the east, Hopkinton and Henniker to the south, Bradford to the west, and Sutton to the northwest


Historical population
1790 863
1800 1,569 818%
1810 1,838 171%
1820 2,246 222%
1830 2,222 −11%
1840 2,159 −28%
1850 2,038 −56%
1860 1,970 −33%
1870 1,667 −154%
1880 1,537 −78%
1890 1,383 −100%
1900 1,358 −18%
1910 1,226 −97%
1920 1,051 −143%
1930 1,062 10%
1940 1,113 48%
1950 1,080 −30%
1960 1,004 −70%
1970 1,441 435%
1980 1,963 362%
1990 2,250 146%
2000 2,760 227%
2010 2,833 26%
Est 2015 2,870 13%
US Decennial Census6

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,833 people, 1,116 households, and 752 families residing in the town The population density was 510 people per square mile 197/km² There were 1,228 housing units at an average density of 244 per square mile 85/km² The racial makeup of the town was 979% White, 04% African American, 04% Native American, 02% Asian, 03% some other race, and 08% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18% of the population1

There were 1,116 households, out of which 290% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 561% were headed by married couples living together, 70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 326% were non-families 290% of all households were made up of individuals, and 88% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 244, and the average family size was 2921

In the town, the population was spread out with 206% under the age of 18, 81% from 18 to 24, 221% from 25 to 44, 342% from 45 to 64, and 150% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 445 years For every 100 females there were 974 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 953 males1

For the period 2007-11, the estimated median annual income for a household in the town was $58,221, and the median income for a family was $65,167 Male full-time workers had a median income of $51,404 versus $34,154 for females The per capita income for the town was $28,159 About 43% of the population were below the poverty line7

Warner is home to New Hampshire's only 100% Fair Trade store The Warner Area Farmers' Market, held on Saturday mornings on Main Street, serves as a community gathering place


In the New Hampshire Senate, Warner is in the 15th District, represented by Democrat Dan Feltes On the New Hampshire Executive Council, Warner is in the 2nd District, represented by Democrat Andru Volinsky In the United States House of Representatives, Warner is in New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district, represented by Democrat Ann McLane Kuster

Sites of interestedit

Covered bridge in Warner
  • Dalton Covered Bridge
  • Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum
  • The Little Nature Museum
  • Rollins State Park
  • Warner Historical Society & Museum
  • Kearsarge Mountain Community-Supported Agriculture
  • Waterloo Covered Bridge

Notable peopleedit

  • Caroline Gardner Bartlett, music educator and relief worker in World War I
  • David Carroll, naturalist, author, MacArthur Foundation Fellow
  • H Maria George Colby, author, fashion editor
  • William C Dowling, scholar, author and Guggenheim Fellow
  • David Elliott, children's author
  • Gordon Enoch Gates, zoologist and Guggenheim Fellow
  • Henry Gilmore, businessman and state senator for Massachusetts
  • Walter Harriman, 31st governor of New Hampshire
  • Maxine Kumin, poet
  • Nehemiah G Ordway, seventh governor of Dakota Territory
  • Jacob Osgood, leader of sectarian religious group
  • Charles Alfred Pillsbury, industrialist
  • John Sargent Pillsbury, businessman and the eighth governor of Minnesota


  1. ^ a b c d "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data DP-1: Warner town, Merrimack County, New Hampshire" US Census Bureau, American Factfinder Retrieved March 15, 2013 
  2. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data DP-1: Warner CDP, New Hampshire" US Census Bureau, American Factfinder Retrieved March 15, 2013 
  3. ^ Coolidge, Austin J; John B Mansfield 1859 A History and Description of New England Boston, Massachusetts pp 671–672 
  4. ^ Jacob B Moore, Historical Sketches of the Town of Warner, New Hampshire, Mason P Tilden, Warner, New Hampshire, 1832
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015" Retrieved July 2, 2016 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Retrieved June 4, 2016 
  7. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics: 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates DP03: Warner town, Merrimack County, New Hampshire" US Census Bureau, American Factfinder Retrieved March 15, 2013 

External linksedit

  • Town of Warner official website
  • Pillsbury Free Library
  • Warner Fall Foliage Festival
  • Kearsarge Trail Snails Snowmobile Club
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
  • Northeast Catholic College
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