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Salmon P. Chase
"And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of all mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God."
US Supreme Court Justice
George Washington

"Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness."

John Adams
"The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were.... the general principles of Christianity."

June 28, 1813 Letter to Thomas Jefferson

New Hampshire

Entered the Union: June 21, 1788 (9) Capital: Concord
Origin of Name: after the English county of Hampshire
State Nickname: Granite State State Tree: White Birch
State Motto: Live free or die State Bird: Purple Finch
State Mammal: White-tailed Deer State Flower: Purple Lilac
State Songs: “Old New Hampshire" • "New Hampshire, My New Hampshire"
National Forests: 1 • State Parks: 65 State Butterfly: Karner Blue
Famous For: Autumn splendor, White Mountain National Forest, 1300 lakes, Maple Syrup
Famous New Hampshirites: Robert Frost (poet), John Irving (writer), Salmon P. Chase • Harlan F. Stone (US Supreme Court), Benjamin Keith (theater entrepreneur), Franklin Pierce (President), Augustus Saint-Gaudens (sculptor), Alan Shepard (astronaut), Daniel Webster (statesman), Henry Wilson (vice president), Joseph Worcester (lexicographer)
Animals and Birds: Click on photos of the animals and birds on this page to find out more about them and to hear the sounds they make.
State Fair: Contoocook
bull moose
Karner butterfly
Budweiser Clydesdales
New Hampshire National Forests
New Hampshire State Parks
New Hampshire Historic Sites
New Hampshire Attractions
Skiing in New Hampshire
Fishing in New Hampshire
Hunting in New Hampshire
New Hampshire Photo Gallery 2
New Hampshire Butterfly Gallery
Listen to Purple Finch Song
New Hampshire Homeschooling
New Hampshire Resorts
New Hampshire RV Parks
New Hampshire Hotels & Reviews
The Abenaki and Pennacook Indians were living in the area of New Hampshire when Europeans arrived.
In 1603, an English sea captain, Martin Pring, explored the shoreline and a small part of the interior of New Hampshire. In 1623, Capt. John Smith sent settlers to establish a fishing colony at the mouth of the Piscataqua River, near present-day Rye and Dover. Capt. John Mason, who participated in the founding of Portsmouth in 1630, gave New Hampshire its name (after his home county in Hampshire, England).
Of the thirteen original colonies, New Hampshire was the first to declare its independence from Mother England -- a full six months before the Declaration of Independence was signed.
As leaders in the revolutionary cause, New Hampshire delegates received the honor of being the first to vote for the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
The first U.S. public library is founded in Peterborough. 
The first potato grown in the United States was planted at Londonderry Common Field (now Derry) in 1719. 
The Brattle organ in St. John’s Church in Portsmouth is the oldest pipe organ in the United States.  Still played on special occasions, it dates back to 1708. 
The highest wind speed recorded at ground level was on April 12, 1934 at Mt. Washington.  The winds were three times as fast as those in most hurricanes -- 231 MPH.
The longest covered bridge, the 460-foot Cornish-Windsor Bridge, crosses the Connecticut River. 
In 1833 the first free public library in the United States was established in Peterborough.
Levi Hutchins of Concord invented the first alarm clock in 1787.
Wolfeboro is known as "The Oldest Summer Resort in America".
It takes approximately 40 gallons of sap to make approximately 1 gallon of maple syrup.
America's Stonehenge is a 4000 year old megalithic (stone constructed) site located on Mystery Hill in Salem
Alan B. Shepard, Jr. of East Derry, New Hampshire became the first American in Space when he orbited the earth in Freedom 7 in May 1961.
Merrimack is home to the famous Clydesdales maintained by the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Standing at 18 hands high (almost 6 feet) at the shoulder, Budweiser Clydesdales weigh approximately 2,000 pounds. They must be geldings, bay in color, have four white stockings and a blaze of white on the face, as well as a black mane and tail. A gentle temperment also is important, as hitch horses meet millions of people each year. In two daily meals, a Budweiser Clydesdale hitch horse will consume 20 to 25 quarts of feed, 50 to 60 pounds of hay and up to 30 gallons of water.
New Hampshire's Ethnic Roots: French 25.2%, Irish 19.4%, English 18%, German 8.6%, Italian 8.5%
Religion in New Hampshire: 80% Christian (43% Protestant, 35% Catholic, 2% Other), 19% No Religion, 1% Other Religions
Robert Frost, a poet who won four Pulitzer Prizes, lived in Derry and Franconia, New Hampshire.
Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving - Thanking God for His blessings
Thanksgiving Day November 28, 2024
In 1621, 52 Pilgrims and approx. 50 Native Americans celebrated a 3-day feast thanking God for His blessings enabling their survival in the New World. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November.
December 1, 2024
Advent begins 4 weeks before Christmas and remembers the longing and waiting of God's people for the coming of the Messiah.
Bill of Rights Day

Bill of Rights Day

December 15, 1791
Bill of Rights Day

Celebrating the 10 amendments to the Constitution which protect individual rights by placing specific limits on government power. These freedoms do not exist in many countries of the world.
Christmas Day
Christmas Day
December 25th Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World. This joyous festival is enjoyed by Christians and nonChristians alike all over the world.