Auburn, New Hampshire

Auburn is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 4,953 at the 2010 census,[1] with an estimated population of 5,449 in 2017.[2]

Auburn, New Hampshire
Massabesic Lake and the east shore in 1920
Massabesic Lake and the east shore in 1920
Official seal of Auburn, New Hampshire

Location in Rockingham County and the state of New Hampshire.
Location in Rockingham County and the state of New Hampshire.
Coordinates: 43°00′16″N 71°20′54″W / 43.00444°N 71.34833°WCoordinates: 43°00′16″N 71°20′54″W / 43.00444°N 71.34833°W
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
 • Board of SelectmenRichard W. Eaton, Chair
Todd R. Bedard
Keith N. Leclair
 • Town AdministratorWilliam G. Herman
 • Total28.7 sq mi (74.3 km2)
 • Land25.2 sq mi (65.3 km2)
 • Water3.5 sq mi (9.1 km2)  12.20%
253 ft (77 m)
 • Total4,953
 • Density196.55/sq mi (75.89/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code(s)603 Exchange: 483
FIPS code33-02820
GNIS feature ID0873536


Auburn was originally settled by Native Americans in 1624. It was a fishing settlement called by Native Americans "Massabesic" (the current name of the town's largest lake). British settlers arrived in the area in 1720 and made peace with the Native Americans until the French and Indian War. The Massabesic settlement was destroyed, and the nearby town of Chester claimed the land. It was known as Chester Woods, Chester West Parish, Long Meadow,[3] and then Auburn. Auburn became an independent town on June 25, 1845,[3] with a population of 1,200 people. As with Auburn, Maine, Auburn, Massachusetts and Auburn, New York, the name is from Oliver Goldsmith's popular 18th-century poem, "The Deserted Village", which begins:

Sweet Auburn! loveliest village of the plain,
Where health and plenty cheered the labouring swain
Where smiling spring its earliest visit paid,
And parting summer's lingering blooms delayed

Auburn was served by the Concord and Portsmouth Railroad, which later became the Portsmouth Branch of the Boston & Maine Railroad.[3] Auburn was home to a small passenger depot at one time, but by the mid 1900s most rail activity was through traffic as Auburn had few on-line industries. The last freight trains passed through in the early 1980s. The track was abandoned in 1982 and subsequently torn up between 1983 and 1985.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 28.7 square miles (74.3 km2), of which 25.2 sq mi (65.3 km2) is land and 3.5 sq mi (9.1 km2), or 12.20%, is water.[1] Massabesic Lake, located in the western part of Auburn and the eastern part of Manchester, is the largest body of water in Auburn and serves as the city water supply for Manchester. The lake is fed by numerous tributaries, most notable being Sucker Brook, which enters the northeast end of the lake near the Auburn town center and itself drains several lakes, including Tower Hill Pond, Clark Pond, and Little Massabesic Lake. Cohas Brook flows through the eastern portion of Auburn and eventually (in Manchester) receives the outflow of Massabesic Lake before flowing west to the Merrimack River. Auburn lies fully within the Merrimack River watershed.[4] Three hills, all overlooking Massabesic Lake, can lay potential claim to being Auburn's highest point: Mount Miner, at 582 feet (177 m) above sea level, located north of the lake; Mine Hill, greater than 580 ft (180 m), above the east shore; and Mount Misery, greater than 580 feet, to the southeast.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20175,449[2]10.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 4,682 people, 1,580 households, and 1,322 families residing in the town. The population density was 185.7 people per square mile (71.7/km²). There were 1,622 housing units at an average density of 64.3 per square mile (24.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.29% White, 0.21% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.23% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.94% of the population.

There were 2,349 households out of which 44.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.1% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.3% were non-families. 11.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the town, the population was spread out with 28.9% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 33.0% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 6.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $70,774, and the median income for a family was $72,578. Males had a median income of $45,000 versus $33,365 for females. The per capita income for the town was $28,405. About 1.6% of families and 1.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.7% of those under age 18 and 11.2% of those age 65 or over.

Since Auburn has an agreement with the city of Manchester that the city and the surrounding towns can use Massabesic Lake as a water source, Manchester, Chester, Candia, Hooksett and Derry pay Auburn an estimated $3 million for Lake Massabesic.


Massabesic Lake covers over 2,500 acres (1,000 ha) in Auburn and Manchester and serves as the public water supply for the city of Manchester. Half of the lake (the half farthest from the public water intake) is used for less-intrusive types of boating. No swimming or other contact between users and water is allowed.[7] Devil's Den is a small cave east of Massabesic Lake. The Massabesic Audubon Center is in central Auburn, occupying Battery Point on the lake.[8] The Griffin Mill Dam along Little Massabesic Brook-Sucker Brook is in the northeastern part of the town.

Events and festivals

Lake Massabesic Duck Race

Every year, the Auburn Historical Association hosts an annual Duck Race near Massabesic Lake. It starts at the Griffin Mill Bridge over the Little Massabesic Brook-Sucker Brook where a truck dumps thousands of rubber ducks into the brook, and the race ends at a finish line on the other side of the waterfall. People buy individual ducks, with prizes going to the owners of the winning ducks. The event attracts thousands of onlookers each year. There are also games for younger kids, and visitors are able to access the Griffin Free Public Library.

Yacht Sail Boating Club race

Every Sunday, sometimes also during the week, the Yacht Sail Boating Club hosts a sailboat race. Members of the club start on the northern shore of Massabesic Lake, and it ends after going 3 laps around the lake. Many visitors enjoy watching the races from their kayaks, sailboats, and canoes, or at Battery Point, the northernmost point on the Massabesic Peninsula.

Book sale

The last weekend in July, the Griffin Free Public Library holds a huge book sale at the Auburn Village School. Approximately 10,000 books and games are sold, with all proceeds benefiting the library's programs.


Auburn is part of School Administrative Unit 15, along with the neighboring towns of Hooksett and Candia. SAU-15 administers five schools with Auburn Village School, serving all elementary school and middle school students (grades K-8) in the town.[9]

SAU-15 has no high school; students from Auburn attend high school in neighboring school districts, either Manchester Memorial High School or Pinkerton Academy (in Derry).

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Auburn town, Rockingham County, New Hampshire". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2017 (PEPANNRES): Minor Civil Divisions – New Hampshire". Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Article in Statistics and Gazetteer of New-Hampshire (1875)
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ "Boating on Lake Massabesic". City of Manchester. Retrieved March 21, 2011.
  8. ^ "Massabesic Audubon Center, Auburn". New Hampshire Audubon. Archived from the original on March 12, 2011. Retrieved March 21, 2011.
  9. ^ "SAU 15 official website". Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Where are they now? Plymouth State Football Legend Joe Dudek

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Albert Plummer

Albert Plummer (August 9, 1840 – March 20, 1912) was an American physician and legislator.

Born in Auburn, New Hampshire, Plummer graduated from Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, New Hampshire, and received his medical degree from Bowdoin College. He served in the 10th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry during the American Civil War as a surgeon. In 1867, Plummer moved to Hamilton, Minnesota where he practiced medicine. In 1883-1884, he served in the Minnesota House of Representatives. He died in Rochester, Minnesota. He was the father of Dr. Henry Stanley Plummer, an early partner of the Mayo brothers and one of the founders of the Mayo Clinic.

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Boston College Eagles men's ice hockey

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Carl Forsaith

Carl C. Forsaith (September 2 1888 - August 15 1982) was an author, writer and politician from Auburn, New Hampshire. He is most well known for writing Auburn's official history book, published in 1945.

Cohas Brook

Cohas Brook is a 16.5-mile-long (26.6 km) river located in southern New Hampshire in the United States. It is a tributary of the Merrimack River, part of the Gulf of Maine watershed.

Cohas Brook rises in Auburn, New Hampshire, north of Calef Pond. The brook follows a winding course westward to the Merrimack River in Manchester. In Manchester it picks up the outlet of Massabesic Lake, the water supply for the city. This lower portion was formerly known as Coos River.Much of the brook's course is quite close to intense suburban development, including Interstate routes 93 and 293, the South Willow Street commercial corridor, and the Manchester Airport.

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the Northeastern United States and parts of Canada, causing heavy snowfall and hurricane-force winds. The storm crossed the Atlantic Ocean, affecting Ireland and the United Kingdom. The nor'easter's effects in the United States received a Category 3 rank on the Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale, classifying it as a "Major" Winter Storm.

The first low-pressure system, originating from the Northern Plains of the United States, produced moderate amounts of snow across the Great Lakes region of the U.S. and Canada. The second low, originating across the state of Texas, produced heavy rains and flooding across much of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic parts of the U.S. As the two systems merged off the Northeast coast on February 8, 2013, they produced heavy snowfall over a large region from North Jersey and inland from New York City through eastern New England up to coastal Maine and inland to Ontario.

Total snowfall in Boston, Massachusetts, reached 24.9 inches (63 cm), the fifth-highest total ever recorded in the city. New York City officially recorded 11.4 inches (29 cm) of snow at Central Park, and Portland, Maine, set a record of 31.9 inches (81 cm). Hamden, Connecticut recorded the highest snowfall of the storm at 40 inches (100 cm), the second highest total in Connecticut was recorded in Milford at 38 inches (97 cm). Many surrounding cities picked up at least 1 foot (30 cm). In addition to the significant snowfall totals, hurricane-force wind gusts were recorded, reaching 102 mph (164 km/h) in Nova Scotia, 89 mph (143 km/h) at Mount Desert Rock, Maine, and 84 mph (135 km/h) off the coast of Cuttyhunk, Massachusetts. Boston experienced a storm surge of 4.2 ft (1.3 m), its fourth-highest. The storm affected Atlantic Canada after hitting the Northeastern United States.

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Francis Wayland Parker

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Joe Dudek

Joseph Anthony "Joe" Dudek (born January 22, 1964) is a former American football player.

Dudek received national attention when he was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated's December 2, 1985, issue as the magazine's pick for the Heisman Trophy after he broke Walter Payton's NCAA record for career touchdowns. Dudek finished ninth in the voting, the best result ever for a non-Division I player.

Dudek finished his collegiate career with ten school records. He holds the NCAA record for career 100-yard rushing games (30) and games with two or more touchdowns (24). Plymouth State went 37-6 during his time there, reaching the Eastern College Athletic Conference playoffs twice and earning their first-ever NCAA playoff appearance. To this date, his jersey is the only one that Plymouth State has retired.Dudek played two games for the Denver Broncos in 1987 (during the 1987 NFL players' strike), rushing for 154 yards and two touchdowns.Dudek was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997. He lives in Auburn, New Hampshire, with his wife and their two children, working for Southern Wine & Spirits.His son, Joey, plays ice hockey at Boston College and was drafted 152nd overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils.

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Little Massabesic Brook-Sucker Brook

Little Massabesic Brook and Sucker Brook form a 1.9-mile-long (3.1 km) stream located in southern New Hampshire in the United States. They are tributaries of Massabesic Lake, part of the Merrimack River and Gulf of Maine watersheds. Despite the streams' short length, they are subject to the New Hampshire Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act, because of their fourth order stream status (indicating a high number of upstream tributary sets).Little Massabesic Brook is formed by the confluence of Hook Brook and Preston Brook in Auburn, New Hampshire. The brook flows west, is interrupted by Little Massabesic Lake, then continues west to Clark Pond Brook. At this juncture, the stream changes name to Sucker Brook and flows south, past the village proper of Auburn, and enters Massabesic Lake.

Massabesic Lake

Massabesic Lake is a lake in southern New Hampshire, United States, covering about 2,560 acres (1,040 ha) (equivalent to about 4 sq mi or 10 km2) within the city of Manchester and the town of Auburn. Because it provides drinking water for Manchester, swimming and water skiing are not allowed there. Popular sports on the lake are sailing, fishing, and kayaking. The recreational trails along the lake provide beautiful views of the lake and the town of Auburn.

Besides flowing into the Manchester water system, the lake's water feeds Cohas Brook, leading to the Merrimack River. Massabesic is a Native American name meaning "place of much water" or "near the great brook."The lake is classified as a cold- and warmwater fishery.

Mine Hill (New Hampshire)

Mine Hill is a hill in Rockingham County, New Hampshire. Its summit has an elevation greater than 580 feet (177 m) above sea level, making it one of the two highest points in the town of Auburn. (The other is Mount Miner, which has an elevation of 582 feet (177 m).)

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Stella Tremblay

Stella Tremblay is a 21st-century American legislator. She represented Rockingham County from Auburn in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.Tremblay was born in Italy, and is a Mormon. She was first elected to the state legislature in 2010 (representing Rockingham District 3), and reelected in 2012 (representing Rockingham District 4). She resigned from the legislature on June 20, 2013.She was elected on the New Hampshire Republican Party ticket and served on the Children and Family Law committee.Tremblay has maintained that the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings were a black operation planned and executed by the Federal government of the United States, suggesting as evidence that the injuries sustained by Jeff Bauman (who lost both his legs in the bombing) appear to have been faked. The New Hampshire Republican Party disavowed and strongly condemned her statements. On June 19, 2013 (the day before her resignation from the legislature) she circulated a document reiterating the claim and adding additional evidence.In 2013 Tremblay co-sponsored legislation maintaining that the District of Columbia Organic Act of 1871 unlawfully abrogated the United States Constitution by removing the Titles of Nobility Amendment, a proposed but unratified amendment which would have prevented people with titles of nobility from holding public office, so that the Constitution as accepted has been fraudulent since then, and seeking to correct this. This claim is frequently used by members of the alt-right to claim that lawyers, through the use of the title esquire, are barred from holding public office.


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