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Woodstock, New Hampshire

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Woodstock is a town in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States The population was 1,374 at the 2010 census1 Woodstock includes the village of North Woodstock, the commercial center Its extensive land area is largely forested, and includes the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest Parts of the White Mountain National Forest are in the east and west The Appalachian Trail crosses the town's northwest corner Russell Pond Campground is in the east West of North Woodstock is the Lost River Reservation


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


First granted in 1763, Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth named the town Peeling after an English town Many of the first colonists were originally from Lebanon, Connecticut In 1771, his nephew, Governor John Wentworth, gave it the name Fairfield, after Fairfield, Connecticut The town was renamed Woodstock in 1840 for Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, England2

Logging became a principal early industry, with sawmills established using water power from the Pemigewasset River The entrance of the railroad in the 19th century opened the wilderness to development, carrying away wood products to market It also brought tourists, many attracted by paintings of the White Mountains by White Mountain artists Several inns and hotels were built to accommodate the wealthy, who sought relief from the summer heat, humidity and pollution of coal-age Boston, Hartford, New York and Philadelphia They often relaxed by taking carriage rides through the White Mountains, or by hiking along the Lost River in Lost River Reservation But with the advent of automobiles, patrons were no longer restricted by the limits of rail service Consequently, many grand hotels established near depots declined and closed Woodstock, however, remains a popular tourist destination

The Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, an outdoor laboratory for ecological studies founded by the United States Forest Service in 1955, is located in the southern part of town


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 592 square miles 153 km2, of which 587 sq mi 152 km2 is land and 05 sq mi 13 km2 is water, comprising 084% of the town Woodstock is drained by the Pemigewasset River The town's highest point is the summit of Mount Jim, at 4,172 feet 1,272 m above sea level, a spur of Mount Moosilauke

Woodstock is crossed by Interstate 93, US Route 3, New Hampshire Route 112 and New Hampshire Route 175


Historical population
1840 472
1850 418 −114%
1860 476 139%
1870 405 −149%
1880 367 −94%
1890 341 −71%
1900 628 842%
1910 1,083 725%
1920 684 −368%
1930 756 105%
1940 981 298%
1950 894 −89%
1960 827 −75%
1970 897 85%
1980 1,008 124%
1990 1,167 158%
2000 1,139 −24%
2010 1,374 206%
Est 2015 1,374 00%
US Decennial Census4
The Fairview House c 1914

As of the census5 of 2000, there were 1,139 people, 500 households, and 278 families residing in the town The population density was 194 people per square mile 75/km² There were 1,264 housing units at an average density of 215 per square mile 83/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9737% White, 009% African American, 035% Native American, 018% Asian, 053% from other races, and 149% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 070% of the population

There were 500 households out of which 290% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 420% were married couples living together, 82% had a female householder with no husband present, and 442% were non-families 338% of all households were made up of individuals and 100% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 228 and the average family size was 292

Woodstock Lumber Co c 1915

In the town, the population was spread out with 238% under the age of 18, 75% from 18 to 24, 334% from 25 to 44, 251% from 45 to 64, and 103% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 37 years For every 100 females there were 1016 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 1019 males

The median income for a household in the town was $35,556, and the median income for a family was $40,875 Males had a median income of $29,539 versus $23,750 for females The per capita income for the town was $19,973 About 76% of families and 96% of the population were below the poverty line, including 148% of those under age 18 and 140% of those age 65 or over


  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures Retrieved March 23, 2011
  2. ^ Coolidge, Austin J; John B Mansfield 1859 A History and Description of New England Boston, Massachusetts pp 702–703 
  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 Woodstock official website
  • Moosilauke Public Library
  • White Mountain Snowmobile Club
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
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