Tamworth, New Hampshire

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Tamworth, New Hampshire
Town
Official seal of Tamworth, New Hampshire
Seal
Location in Carroll County, New Hampshire
Location in Carroll County, New Hampshire
Coordinates: 43°51′34″N 71°15′46″W / 43.85944°N 71.26278°W / 43.85944; -71.26278Coordinates: 43°51′34″N 71°15′46″W / 43.85944°N 71.26278°W / 43.85944; -71.26278
Country United States
State New Hampshire
County Carroll
Incorporated 1766
Government
 • Board of Selectmen Robert Abraham, Chair
John Roberts
James Hidden
Area
 • Total 60.7 sq mi (157.2 km2)
 • Land 59.7 sq mi (154.7 km2)
 • Water 1.0 sq mi (2.5 km2)  1.59%
Elevation 524 ft (160 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,856
 • Density 47/sq mi (18/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 03886
Area code(s) 603
FIPS code 33-76100
GNIS feature ID 0873736
Website www.tamworthnh.org

Tamworth is a town in Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 2,856 at the 2010 census.[1] Tamworth includes the villages of Chocorua, South Tamworth, Wonalancet, and Whittier. The White Mountain National Forest is to the north. The town is home to Hemenway State Forest in the north and White Lake State Park in the southeast.

History[edit]

Post Office in South Tamworth, NH

Granted in 1766 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, this town was named in honor of his close friend, British Admiral Washington Shirley, Viscount Tamworth. The admiral's daughter, Selina Shirley, was instrumental in the founding of Dartmouth College. The village of Whittier, like Mount Whittier in Ossipee, is named for the poet John Greenleaf Whittier.

The Chinook Kennels here raised sled dogs for the Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd Antarctic expeditions and the Army's search-and-rescue units. The Barnstormers Theatre summer playhouse was established here in 1931 by Francis Grover Cleveland, son of President Grover Cleveland. He supported the theatre until his death in 1995. Barnstormers is hailed as the oldest continuously running professional theatre in the state.

Geography[edit]

Mill Pond c. 1910, with Mount Chocorua in the distance.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 60.7 square miles (157 km2), of which 59.7 square miles (155 km2) is land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) is water, comprising 1.59% of the town.[2] Tamworth is drained by the Bearcamp, Chocorua and Wonalancet rivers. Chocorua Lake is to the north. The highest point in Tamworth is the summit of Black Snout Mountain at 2,689 feet (820 m) above sea level, located precisely at the southwest corner of the town, within the Ossipee Mountain range.

Demographics[edit]

A small dam in the village of Chocorua

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,510 people, 1,074 households, and 675 families residing in the town. The population density was 41.9 people per square mile (16.2/km²). There were 1,662 housing units at an average density of 27.7 per square mile (10.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.05% White, 0.16% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.36% from other races, and 1.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.64% of the population.

There were 1,074 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.86.

Chocorua Village c. 1912

In the town the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 103.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,200, and the median income for a family was $41,121. Males had a median income of $30,389 versus $23,352 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,961. About 7.1% of families and 9.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.2% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation[edit]

As of December 2012, the closest option for public transportation is the Concord Coach bus stop in West Ossipee. This route connects the region with destinations as far south as Boston and as far north as Berlin, New Hampshire.

Notable people[edit]

Culture[edit]

The 1942 epic Look to the Mountain, by LeGrand Cannon, Jr., takes place in Tamworth as 19-year-old Whit Livingston and his new wife, 16-year-old Melissa Butler, become the first white pioneer family to settle the area.[citation needed]

Sites of interest[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
  2. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001) - Tamworth town, New Hampshire". U.S. Census Bureau American Factfinder. Retrieved November 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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