Wolfeboro, New Hampshire


Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
nickname =
motto = The Oldest Summer Resort in America


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mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Location in Carroll County, New Hampshire
settlement_type = Town


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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = New Hampshire
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Carroll
government_type =
leader_title = Board of Selectmen
leader_name = Sarah M. Silk, Chairman
Allen G. Burgoyne
Linda T. Murray
Robert T. Reid, Jr.
Dwight A. Devork
established_title = Incorporated
established_date = 1770
area_magnitude = 1 E8
area_total_km2 = 151.5
area_total_sq_mi = 58.5
area_land_km2 = 125.1
area_land_sq_mi = 48.3
area_water_km2 = 26.4
area_water_sq_mi = 10.2
area_water_percent = 17.40
population_as_of = 2000
population_note =
population_total = 6083
population_density_km2 = 48.6
population_density_sq_mi = 125.9
timezone = Eastern
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = Eastern
utc_offset_DST = -4
latd = 43 |latm = 35 |lats = 03 |latNS = N
longd = 71 |longm = 12 |longs = 46 |longEW = W
elevation_m = 156
elevation_ft = 512
website = [http://www.wolfeboronh.us/ www.wolfeboronh.us]
postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 03894
area_code = 603
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 33-86420
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0873760
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Wolfeboro is a town in Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 6,083 at the 2000 census. A venerable resort area situated beside Lake Winnipesaukee, Wolfeboro includes the village of Wolfeboro Falls. The community is home to Wentworth State Park.

The main village of the town, where over 48% of the population resides, is defined as the Wolfeboro census-designated place (CDP), and is located at the head of Wolfeboro Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee, at the junction of New Hampshire Routes 28 and 109.

History

The town was granted by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth in 1759 to four young men of Portsmouth, and named Wolfeborough in honor of English General James Wolfe, who had been victorious at Quebec in 1759. In 1763, convert|2300|acre|ha|lk=on were added to the convert|60|acre|ha reserved for the governor. Colonial Governor John Wentworth, his nephew, established an estate on the site, known as Kingswood. Built in 1771 beside what is now called Lake Wentworth, this was the first summer country estate in northern New England. Settled in 1768, the town was incorporated in 1770.

Wolfeboro continues to be a popular summer destination, particularly for families from Boston and southern New Hampshire. The town's motto is "The Oldest Summer Resort in America", indicating its long tradition as a summer colony. Recently, it has also become a popular year-round home for many seeking an idyllic, small town existence. Its downtown is picturesque, with shops lining the main street, and large public docks at the lake shore.

The town has seen a steady stream of famous individuals visit on vacation. Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco, Kurt Vonnegut, Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon have spent time in Wolfeboro.cite news |title= N.H. lake resort draws glitterati |url=|publisher="Durham Herald-Sun" |date=August 12, 2007 |accessdate=2007-08-14 ] In August 2007, French president Nicolas Sarkozy vacationed there. ["For town, business as usual", Sarah Liebowitz, "Concord Monitor", August 7, 2007]

Notable inhabitants

* Jeb Bradley, US Representative, 2003-2007
* Dennis Moran, computer hacker
* Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts (summer resident)
* Mike Ryan, former catcher in Major League Baseball
* Sir John Wentworth, governor (summer resident)

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of convert|58.5|sqmi|km2|lk=on|1, of which convert|48.3|sqmi|km2|abbr=on|1 is land and convert|10.2|sqmi|km2|abbr=on|1 is water, comprising 17.40% of the town. Wolfeboro is drained by the Smith River, the outlet of Lake Wentworth and an inlet of Lake Winnipesaukee. The highest point in town is Moody Mountain, elevation convert|1420|ft|m|lk=on above sea level, located near the northern boundary.

The main village of Wolfeboro, a census-designated place, has a total area of convert|7.3|sqmi|km2|abbr=on. convert|7.0|sqmi|km2|abbr=on of it is land and convert|0.3|sqmi|km2|abbr=on of it, or 3.56%, is water.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 6,083 people, 2,574 households, and 1,722 families residing in the town. The population density was 125.9 people per square mile (48.6/km²). There were 3,903 housing units at an average density of 31.2 persons/km² (80.8 persons/sq mi). The racial makeup of the town was 99.13% White, 0.16% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.05% from other races, and 0.23% from two or more races. 0.61% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,574 households out of which 26.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% were married couples living together, 7.1% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 33.1% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the town the population was spread out with 22.1% under the age of 18, 4.3% from 18 to 24, 23.3% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 24.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 89.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $44,013, and the median income for a family was $53,269. Males had a median income of $36,433 versus $29,850 for females. The per capita income for the town was $26,361. 6.3% of the population and 3.5% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 9.0% are under the age of 18 and 2.9% are 65 or older.

Town center

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,979 people, 1,304 households, and 792 families residing in the census-designated place corresponding to the central village of Wolfeboro. The population density was 423.5 people per square mile (163.6/km²). There were 1,722 housing units at an average density of 94.6 persons/km² (244.8 persons/sq mi). The racial makeup of the town was 99.26% White, 0.17% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.07% from other races, and 0.23% from two or more races. 1.07% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,304 households out of which 22.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 7.4% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 39.2% were non-families. 33.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.78.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 20.0% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 22.3% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 27.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 82.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.5 males.

The median income for a household is $42,853, and the median income for a family was $51,005. Males had a median income of $36,950 versus $30,688 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,466. 4.6% of the population and 1.7% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 4.9% are under the age of 18 and 4.3% are 65 or older.

Education

Wolfeboro is served by Kingswood Regional High School, located on Main Street southeast of the center of town. The town is also home to Brewster Academy, a private preparatory school.

ites of interest

* [http://www.wolfeborohistoricalsociety.org/clarkhouse.html Clark House] (1778)
* [http://wolfeboronh.us/departments/Libby%20Museum.htm Libby Museum]
* [http://www.wolfeborohistoricalsociety.org/firehouse.html Monitor Engine Company Firehouse]
* MS "Mount Washington"
* [http://www.nhbm.org/index.html New Hampshire Boat Museum]
* [http://www.wolfeborohistoricalsociety.org/scoolhouse.html Pleasant Valley Schoolhouse] (c. 1805)
* [http://www.wrightmuseum.org/index.html Wright Museum of WWII History]

References

External links

* [http://www.wolfeboronh.us Town website]
* [http://www.nhstateparks.org/state-parks/alphabetical-order/wentworth-state-park Wentworth State Park]
* [http://www.wolfeborohistoricalsociety.org/ Wolfeboro Historical Society]
* [http://www.wolfeborolibrary.org/ Wolfeboro Public Library]
* [http://www.nh.gov/nhes/elmi/htmlprofiles/wolfeboro.html New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile]


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