Allenstown, New Hampshire

Allenstown is a town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 4,322 at the 2010 census.[1] Allenstown includes a portion of the village of Suncook. Just over one-half of the town's area is covered by Bear Brook State Park.

Allenstown, New Hampshire
Allenstown Municipal Building
Allenstown Municipal Building
Official seal of Allenstown, New Hampshire

Location in Merrimack County and the state of New Hampshire.
Location in Merrimack County and the state of New Hampshire.
Coordinates: 43°09′28″N 71°24′17″W / 43.15778°N 71.40472°WCoordinates: 43°09′28″N 71°24′17″W / 43.15778°N 71.40472°W
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
Suncook (part)
 • Board of SelectmenRyan Carter
David Eaton
Sandra McKenney
 • Town AdministratorDerik Goodine
 • Total20.4 sq mi (52.9 km2)
 • Land20.3 sq mi (52.6 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)  0.54%
340 ft (104 m)
 • Total4,322
 • Density210/sq mi (82/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code(s)603
FIPS code33-00660
GNIS feature ID0873528


Allenstown takes its name from 17th-century provincial governor Samuel Allen. It was granted in 1721 but not incorporated until 2 July 1831.[2] A part of neighboring Bow was annexed to Allenstown in 1815, and a portion of Hooksett was annexed in 1853.[3][4]

Most of the town's earliest settlement occurred in the eastern part of town along Deerfield Road, around the area now mostly occupied by Bear Brook State Park, and where the Old Allenstown Meeting House is located. Following the American Civil War, the town's population shifted from the east to the west part of town, centered around the confluence of the Merrimack and Suncook Rivers, in an area now known as Suncook.[5]

Railroads were instrumental to the development of Allenstown. First, a branch of the Concord and Portsmouth Railroad running to Hooksett arrived in the late 1850s, followed by the Suncook Valley Railroad in 1869, which first ran to Pittsfield and later, to Center Barnstead. Two railroad stations existed in Allenstown: one in Suncook village, along what is now Canal Street, and the other in the northern part of town, along what is now Verville Road.[6]

Allenstown, at the junction of the Suncook and Merrimack Rivers, proved a prime location in which to harness the rivers' power for manufacturing. The China Mill, the only large textile mill built in the Allenstown part of Suncook, was built in 1868.[7] At this time, a large number of French Canadians, mostly from Quebec, began emigrating to the area to work in the mills. Eventually, Suncook became one of many New England industrial villages known to locals as "le petit Canada."[8]

In 2006, Allenstown was hit hard by the Mother's Day Flood. More than 10 inches of rainfall caused the Suncook River to overflow, inundating homes, roads, and other low-lying areas. As a result of the flood, 14 flood-prone homes in Allenstown were bought out with federal money and demolished in order to avoid more flooding and evacuations in the future.[9]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 20.4 square miles (52.8 km2), of which 20.3 square miles (52.6 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km2) is water, comprising 0.54% of the town.[10] The highest point in Allenstown is Bear Hill, at 835 feet (255 m) above sea level. Allenstown lies fully within the Merrimack River watershed.[11]

Allenstown is bordered to the north by Epsom, to the east by Deerfield in Rockingham County, at its southeast corner by Candia in Rockingham County, to the south by Hooksett, to the west across the Merrimack River by Bow, and to the northwest across the Suncook River by Pembroke.

Bear Brook State Park occupies 6,740 acres (27.3 km2) in the center of town, extending from the town's northern corner to its southern corner. (An additional 3,200 acres (13 km2) of the park are in the neighboring towns of Deerfield, Candia, and Hooksett.)[12]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20174,359[13]0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[14]

As of the census[15] of 2000, there were 4,843 people, 1,902 households, and 1,253 families residing in the town. The population density was 235.9 people per square mile (91.1/km²). There were 1,962 housing units at an average density of 95.6 per square mile (36.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.83% White, 0.50% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population.

There were 1,902 households out of which 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.1% were non-families. 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the town, the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 34.3% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $41,958, and the median income for a family was $51,659. Males had a median income of $35,520 versus $25,430 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,851. About 2.2% of families and 3.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.

See also


  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
  2. ^ Statistics and Gazetteer of New-Hampshire (1875)
  3. ^ "Town of Hooksett Brief History". Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  4. ^ "Merrimack County History and Genealogy". Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Martel, Carol (2008). Suncook Village. Arcadia. ISBN 9780738557526.
  7. ^
  8. ^ Martel, Carol (2008). Suncook Village. Arcadia. ISBN 9780738557526.
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001) - Allenstown town, New Hampshire". U.S. Census Bureau American Factfinder. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved November 14, 2011.
  11. ^ Foster, Debra H.; Batorfalvy, Tatianna N.; Medalie, Laura (1995). Water Use in New Hampshire: An Activities Guide for Teachers. U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Geological Survey.
  12. ^ "New Hampshire GRANIT database: Conservation Lands". Archived from the original on 7 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-05.
  13. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2017 (PEPANNRES): Minor Civil Divisions – New Hampshire". Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  14. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  15. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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Allenstown Meeting House

The Allenstown Meeting House (also known as Old Allenstown Meeting House; Church of Christ; Christian Church) is a historic meeting house on Deerfield Road in Allenstown, New Hampshire. Built in 1815, it is New Hampshire's only surviving Federal-style single-story meeting house to serve both religious and civic functions. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004, and is presently owned and maintained by the town.


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Bear Brook State Park

Bear Brook State Park is a 10,000-acre (40 km2)+ preserve located in Allenstown, New Hampshire, and surrounding towns. It is one of New Hampshire's largest state parks.

Amenities at Bear Brook include camp sites, a picnic area, over 40 miles (64 km) of hiking trails, swimming and fishing ponds, archery range, camp store, a ball field, playground, bathhouse, shelters, picnic tables, canoe and rowboat rentals, and a physical fitness course. The park is home to the New Hampshire Snowmobile Museum, Old Allenstown Meeting House, and the Richard Diehl Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum, which are located in historic buildings built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.The park takes its name from Bear Brook, a stream which runs through the park. Its environment is that of the Northeastern coastal forests ecoregion.

In 1985 and 2000, the remains of a total of four females were found in the park. In January 2017, a suspect in the case was identified as Terry Peder Rasmussen (also known by several aliases) who had died in prison in 2010. In June 2019, three of the females were identified.

Bear Brook State Park Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp Historic District

The Bear Brook State Park Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp Historic District is the only surviving Civilian Conservation Corps work camp in New Hampshire. Located in Bear Brook State Park, in Allenstown, the camp's facilities have been adaptively reused to provide space for park administration and a small museum. It is located in the northwestern portion of the park, south of Deerfield Road. It is also believed to be one of the few relatively intact CCC camps in the nation. The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.

Bear Brook murders

The Bear Brook murders (also referred to as the Allenstown Four) are female murder victims, two being discovered in 1985 and two in 2000, at Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, New Hampshire. All four of the victims were either partially or completely skeletonized; they were believed to have died between 1977 and 1985.In the years following the discovery of the bodies, the identities of the four victims and the perpetrator were pursued by law enforcement. The victims' faces were reconstructed multiple times, most recently in 2015 by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.In 2017, investigators announced that Terrence "Terry" Peder Rasmussen, who used multiple aliases including Robert "Bob" Evans, was the most likely suspect. His identity was confirmed via DNA from a son from his first marriage. He was also confirmed, via DNA, to be the father of the 2-to-4-year-old girl who was one of the Bear Brook victims. He is believed to be responsible for several other murders, including that of Denise Beaudin, his known girlfriend, who disappeared in 1981. Under the name of Evans, he was convicted and sentenced for the murder in 2002 of his then-wife. He died in prison in 2010.In 2019, the three biologically related females were identified as mother, Marlyse Elizabeth Honeychurch, and her two daughters (of different biological fathers) Marie Elizabeth Vaughn, and Sarah Lynn McWaters, last seen in November 1978. The middle child, identified as Rasmussen's daughter, currently remains unidentified.

Civilian Conservation Corps

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Allenstown, New Hampshire is named in his memory.

Suncook, New Hampshire

Suncook is a census-designated place (CDP) in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 5,379 at the 2010 census. Approximately 2/3 of Suncook is located in the town of Pembroke, with the remainder in Allenstown.The village of Suncook formed along the falls of the Suncook River, which drops 70 feet (21 m) in one-half mile (1 km) just before joining the Merrimack River. Much of the center of the village is occupied by 19th-century factory buildings which once used the river's energy for hydropower. The buildings have now largely been converted to other uses. Much of Suncook's late 19th-century commercial village center has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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