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Interesting Facts about New Hampshire


We're looking at one of the original thirteen colonies, specifically some New Hampshire state facts that will shed light on this, one of the original United States. Let's get started!

1. As one of the original thirteen colonies, New Hampshire was the first to declare independence from England.

2. The highest wind speeds recorded here were on April 12, 1934. They were three times faster than those found in most hurricanes.

3. The first potato to be planted in the United States was in Londonderry Common Field in 1719.

4. The first American to travel into space was Alan Bartlett Shephard Jr. He was from East Derry, New Hampshire.

5. The first free public library in the United States was established in 1833 at Peterborough.

6. The current New Hampshire constitution was first adopted in 1784; it is currently the second oldest in the U.S.

7. The first alarm clock was invented by Levi Hutchins in 1787.

8. The oldest permanent settlement in New Hampshire, known as Dover, was created in 1623

9. A 4,000 year old stone construct located on Mystery Hill is known as America's Stonehenge.

10. The author of "Mary Had a Little Lamb," Sarah Josepha Hale, was was from Newport, New Hampshire.

11. It takes 40 gallons of New Hampshire sap to make one gallon of maple syrup.

12. Captain John Smith chose the name for New Hampshire, naming it after the town of Hampshire in England.

13. The smallest town in New Hampshire is New Castle. It only covers .8 square miles.

14. There are 10 counties, 221 towns, and 22 unincorporated places in New Hampshire.

15. Stonyfield Farm in Londonderry shows you how yogurt is made, and offers free samples.

A small place, but it has a big history and lots of little-known facts. Do you know any New Hampshire state facts?




   
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