Woodstock, New Hampshire

Woodstock, New Hampshire

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Woodstock, 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 = Joel Bourassa
James Fadden Jr.
Gil Rand
established_title = Incorporated
established_date = 1763
area_magnitude = 1 E8
area_total_km2 = 153.4
area_total_sq_mi = 59.2
area_land_km2 = 152.1
area_land_sq_mi = 58.7
area_water_km2 = 1.3
area_water_sq_mi = 0.5
area_water_percent = 0.84
population_as_of = 2000
population_note =
population_total = 1139
population_density_km2 = 7.5
population_density_sq_mi = 19.4
timezone = Eastern
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = Eastern
utc_offset_DST = -4
latd = 43 |latm = 58 |lats = 40 |latNS = N
longd = 71 |longm = 41 |longs = 09 |longEW = W
elevation_m = 226
elevation_ft = 741
website = [http://www.woodstocknh.org/ www.woodstocknh.org]
postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 03293
area_code = 603
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 33-87060
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0873761
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Woodstock is a town in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,139 at the 2000 census. Woodstock includes the village of North Woodstock, the commercial center. Its extensive land area is largely forested, and includes the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. Parts of the White Mountain National Forest are in the east and west. The Appalachian Trail crosses the town's northwest corner. Russell Pond Campground is in the east. West of North Woodstock is the Lost River Reservation.


First granted in 1763, Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth named the town Peeling after an English town. Many of the first colonists were originally from Lebanon, Connecticut. In 1771, his nephew, Governor John Wentworth, gave it the name Fairfield, after Fairfield, Connecticut. The town was renamed Woodstock in 1840 for Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, England.

Logging became a principal early industry, with sawmills established using water power from the Pemigewasset River. The entrance of the railroad in the 19th century opened the wilderness to development, carrying away wood products to market. It also brought tourists, many attracted by paintings of the White Mountains by White Mountain artists. Several inns and hotels were built to accommodate the wealthy, who sought relief from the summer heat, humidity and pollution of coal-age Boston, Hartford, New York and Philadelphia. They often relaxed by taking carriage rides through the White Mountains, or by hiking along the Lost River in Lost River Reservation. But with the advent of automobiles, patrons were no longer restricted by the limits of rail service. Consequently, many grand hotels established near depots declined and closed. Woodstock, however, remains a popular tourist destination.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of convert|59.2|sqmi|km2|lk=on, of which convert|58.7|sqmi|km2|abbr=on is land and convert|0.5|sqmi|km2|abbr=on is water, comprising 0.84% of the town. Woodstock is drained by the Pemigewasset River. The town's highest point is the summit of Mount Jim, at convert|4172|ft|m|lk=on above sea level, a spur of Mount Moosilauke.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 1,139 people, 500 households, and 278 families residing in the town. The population density was 19.4 people per square mile (7.5/km²). There were 1,264 housing units at an average density of 21.5/sq mi (8.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.37% White, 0.09% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.53% from other races, and 1.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.70% of the population.

There were 500 households out of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.0% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.2% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 33.4% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 101.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,556, and the median income for a family was $40,875. Males had a median income of $29,539 versus $23,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,973. About 7.6% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.8% of those under age 18 and 14.0% of those age 65 or over.


External links

* [http://www.woodstocknh.org Town website]
* [http://www.findlostriver.com/history.htm History of Lost River Reservation]
* [http://www.nh.gov/nhes/elmi/htmlprofiles/woodstock.html New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile]

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