Lyme, New Hampshire

Lyme, New Hampshire

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Lyme, New Hampshire
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mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Location in Grafton 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 = Grafton
government_type =
leader_title = Board of Selectmen
leader_name = Judith Lee Shelnutt Brotman, Chair
Richard G. Jones
Charles R. Ragan
established_title = Incorporated
established_date = 1761
area_magnitude = 1 E8
area_total_km2 = 142.4
area_total_sq_mi = 55.0
area_land_km2 = 139.5
area_land_sq_mi = 53.8
area_water_km2 = 2.9
area_water_sq_mi = 1.1
area_water_percent = 2.06
population_as_of = 2000
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population_total = 1679
population_density_km2 = 12.0
population_density_sq_mi = 31.2
timezone = Eastern
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = Eastern
utc_offset_DST = -4
latd = 43 |latm = 48 |lats = 37 |latNS = N
longd = 72 |longm = 09 |longs = 22 |longEW = W
elevation_m = 167
elevation_ft = 548
website = []
postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 03768
area_code = 603
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 33-44260
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0873654
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Lyme is a town in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,679 at the 2000 census. Lyme is home to the Chaffee Natural Area. The Dartmouth Skiway is in the eastern part of town, near the village of Lyme Center. The Appalachian Trail also crosses the town in the east.


This was once a home to Abenaki Indians, including a band of Sokokis near Post Pond at a place they called "Ordanakis". Later, it would be another of many towns granted by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth along the Connecticut River in 1761. The town encompasses land that, prior to the Lyme's founding, was called Tinkertown. Lyme takes its name from Old Lyme, Connecticut, which lies at the mouth of the Connecticut River. Most of the grantees were from Palmer and Brimfield in Massachusetts, or from Londonderry. In the late 1770s, the town petitioned (ultimately unsuccessfully) to join Vermont.

Stagecoaches traveling the old "Boston Turnpike" from Montreal in the 1830s passed through Lyme, stopping at the Lyme Inn (now Alden Country Inn), built in 1809. Next door to the inn is the 200 year old Congregational Church, whose steeple bell cast by Paul Revere still chimes on the hour. Behind the church is a row of horse sheds dating from 1810, each with the name of the original owner inscribed above the door. The scenic town common is surrounded by antique architecture.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of convert|55.0|sqmi|km2, of which convert|53.8|sqmi|km2|abbr=on is land and convert|1.1|sqmi|km2|abbr=on is water, comprising 2.06% of the town. Lyme is drained by Hewes, Grant and Trout brooks, all draining to the Connecticut River, which forms the western boundary of the town (and of the state of New Hampshire). The highest point in town is the summit of Smarts Mountain, at convert|3238|ft|m above sea level.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 1,679 people, 678 households, and 475 families residing in the town. The population density was 31.2 people per square mile (12.0/km²). There were 752 housing units at an average density of 14.0/sq mi (5.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.57% White, 0.42% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.06% from other races, and 0.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.36% of the population.

There were 678 households out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.1% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 3.3% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 31.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $57,250, and the median income for a family was $64,531. Males had a median income of $40,789 versus $32,917 for females. The per capita income for the town was $35,887. About 1.7% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.4% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.


Lyme has an elementary school and a junior high school. Starting at ninth grade, students from Lyme either attend Thetford Academy in Thetford, Vermont (across the Connecticut River), Hanover High School in Hanover, New Hampshire (about 10 miles south of Lyme), Hartford High School in Hartford, Vermont or various private high schools. Typically attendance is split somewhat evenly between Thetford Academy and Hanover High, with the few remaining students going elsewhere.

Sites of Interest

* Academy Hall Museum


External links

* [ Town website]
* [ New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile]

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