Shelburne, New Hampshire

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Shelburne, New Hampshire
Town
Location in Coos County, New Hampshire
Location in Coos County, New Hampshire
Coordinates: 44°24′04″N 71°04′29″W / 44.40111°N 71.07472°W / 44.40111; -71.07472Coordinates: 44°24′04″N 71°04′29″W / 44.40111°N 71.07472°W / 44.40111; -71.07472
Country United States
State New Hampshire
County Coos
Incorporated 1820
Government
 • Board of Selectmen Stanley Judge
Lucy Evans
Heidi Behling
Area
 • Total 48.8 sq mi (126.4 km2)
 • Land 47.9 sq mi (124.0 km2)
 • Water 0.9 sq mi (2.3 km2)  1.84%
Elevation 715 ft (218 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 372
 • Density 7.6/sq mi (2.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 03581
Area code(s) 603
FIPS code 33-68980
GNIS feature ID 0873720
Website www.shelburnenh.com

Shelburne is a town in Coos County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 372 at the 2010 census.[1] It is located in the White Mountains, and part of the White Mountain National Forest is in the south. Shelburne is home to Leadmine State Forest. The Appalachian Trail crosses the town.

Shelburne is part of the Berlin, NH–VT Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

View at Shelburne c. 1915

First granted in 1769 by Governor John Wentworth, the town was named for William Petty Fitzmaurice, Earl of Shelburne. He was a supporter of independence for the American colonies, and at his insistence, King George III recognized the independence of the United States. The town was first settled in 1771,[2] and incorporated on December 13, 1820, when Shelburne voters chose to keep the name. It included Shelburne Addition until that was set off and incorporated in 1836 as Gorham.[3]

On August 3, 1781, the town was attacked by a party of six Indians, who had earlier raided Bethel and Gilead, Maine. They killed one man and took another into captivity. The rest of the inhabitants fled to Hark Hill, where they spent the night before sheltering in Fryeburg.[3]

Shelburne provided excellent soil for farming on either side of the Androscoggin River, but not far from the stream it becomes mountainous. The Atlantic and St. Lawrence Railroad, which opened to Gorham on July 23, 1851, and later became the Grand Trunk Railway, passed through the southern part of the town. In 1859, the population was 480.[3]

Located at the northern end of the Mount Washington Valley, Shelburne has a beautiful grove of birch trees, popular with artists and photographers, dedicated to the town's soldiers who served in World War II.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 48.8 square miles (126 km2), of which 47.9 sq mi (124 km2) is land and 0.9 sq mi (2.3 km2) is water, comprising 1.84% of the town. Shelburne is drained by the Androscoggin River. Part of the Mahoosuc Range is in the north, while the northern end of the Carter-Moriah Range is to the south. The highest point in Shelburne is on the town's southern boundary at 3,970 feet (1,210 m) above sea level, just a few steps north of the 4,049-foot (1,234 m) summit of Mount Moriah.

The town is crossed by U.S. Route 2.

Demographics[edit]

Looking up Androscoggin, from Lead-Mine Bridge, Shelburne, N.H.; stereographic card by John P. Soule

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 379 people, 156 households, and 114 families residing in the town. The population density was 7.9 people per square mile (3.1/km²). There were 197 housing units at an average density of 4.1 per square mile (1.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.36% White, 0.26% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.26% from other races, and 1.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.06% of the population.

There were 156 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.9% were married couples living together, 2.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.9% were non-families. 20.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.85.

Mt. Adams, from Lead-Mine Bridge, Shelburne, N.H.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 21.4% from 25 to 44, 34.3% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 106.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $44,375, and the median income for a family was $59,375. Males had a median income of $36,000 versus $22,188 for females. The per capita income for the town was $24,899. About 2.9% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 13.5% of those age 65 or over.

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