Campton, New Hampshire

Campton is a town in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 3,333 at the 2010 census.[1] Campton, which includes the villages of Blair, Campton Hollow, Lower Campton and West Campton, is home to Blair State Forest and Livermore Falls State Forest. It is located in the foothills of the White Mountains, and parts of the White Mountain National Forest are in the northeast.

Campton, New Hampshire
NH 175 in Campton Upper Village
NH 175 in Campton Upper Village
Official seal of Campton, New Hampshire

Location in Grafton County, New Hampshire
Coordinates: 43°51′53″N 71°38′12″W / 43.86472°N 71.63667°WCoordinates: 43°51′53″N 71°38′12″W / 43.86472°N 71.63667°W
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
VillagesBeebe River
Campton Hollow
Campton Lower Village
Campton Upper Village
West Campton
 • Board of SelectmenPeter Laufenberg, Chair
Karl Kelly
Sharon Davis
Charles Cheney
Craig Keeney
 • Town AdministratorCarina Park
 • Total52.5 sq mi (136.0 km2)
 • Land51.9 sq mi (134.5 km2)
 • Water0.6 sq mi (1.5 km2)  1.12%
676 ft (206 m)
 • Total3,333
 • Density63/sq mi (25/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code(s)603
FIPS code33-08660
GNIS feature ID0873556


Both Campton and adjacent Rumney were granted by Governor Benning Wentworth in 1761 to Jabez Spencer of East Haddam, Connecticut, then settled about 1765. But Captain Spencer died before terms of the charter, which required settlement by 50 families, each farming 5 acres (20,000 m2) for every 50 received, were fulfilled. Two families, named Fox and Taylor, first settled here in 1765.[2] In 1767, Governor John Wentworth issued the heirs and others a new grant. Campton got its name when the first proprietors built a camp here to survey the two towns.[3]

Although the surface is mountainous and ledgy, farmers found good soil for cultivation in the intervales along the rivers. By 1859, when the population was 1,439, industries included one sawmill, one gristmill, one tannery and a carriage shop.[3] The town has three covered bridges, including Blair Bridge, which is 292 feet (89 m), 10 inches long, making it the second longest of those entirely within the state.[4]

View of Campton Village, NH

Campton village c. 1910

Main Street, Campton, New Hampshire

Main Street in 1908

Scene in Campton, NH

Watering trough in 1916

Village, Campton, NH

The village c. 1910


Livermore Falls
Pemigewasset River at Livermore Falls

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 52.5 square miles (136 km2), of which 51.9 sq mi (134 km2) is land and 0.6 sq mi (1.6 km2) is water, comprising 1.12% of the town. The highest point in Campton is Mount Weetamoo, at 2,548 feet (777 m) above sea level. The town is drained by the Mad River and Pemigewasset River. Campton lies fully within the Merrimack River watershed.[5]

The town is crossed by Interstate 93, U.S. Route 3, New Hampshire Route 49 and New Hampshire Route 175. Starting with the 2012 election, Campton was redistricted from NH's 2nd Congressional District to New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District; it is the only town in Grafton County to be redistricted.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20173,287[6]−1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 2,719 people, 1,128 households, and 759 families residing in the town. The population density was 52.4 people per square mile (20.2/km²). There were 1,759 housing units at an average density of 33.9 per square mile (13.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.01% White, 0.04% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, and 1.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.40% of the population.

There were 1,128 households out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.7% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the town, the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 27.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $39,213, and the median income for a family was $46,492. Males had a median income of $30,640 versus $24,688 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,189. About 5.8% of families and 8.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.1% of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

Sites of interest

See also


  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
  2. ^ Article in Statistics and Gazetteer of New-Hampshire (1875)
  3. ^ a b Austin J. Coolidge & John B. Mansfield, A History and Description of New England; Boston, Massachusetts 1859
  4. ^ New Hampshire Covered Bridges -- Blair Bridge
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2017 (PEPANNRES): Minor Civil Divisions – New Hampshire". Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  9. ^ "LIVERMORE, Arthur, (1766 - 1853)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved January 14, 2014.

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Abraham Cohn

Abraham Cohn (June 17, 1832, in Guttentag, Prussia, June 2, 1897, in New York City) was an American Civil War Union Army soldier and recipient to the highest military decoration for valor in combat — the Medal of Honor — for having distinguished himself at the Battle of the Wilderness, Virginia, on May 6, 1864, and the Battle of the Crater, Petersburg, Virginia, on July 30, 1864.

Cohn originally enlisted with the 68th New York Infantry Regiment in October 1861, and rose to the rank of Captain before being discharged in December 1862. He re-enlisted with the 6th New Hampshire Infantry Regiment in January 1864, and was mustered out in July 1865.

Arthur Livermore

Arthur Livermore (July 29, 1766 – July 1, 1853) was an American politician and a United States Representative from New Hampshire.

Beebe River

The Beebe River is a 16.7-mile-long (26.9 km) river located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in the United States. It is a tributary of the Pemigewasset River, part of the Merrimack River watershed.

The Beebe River begins at Black Mountain Pond on the southern slopes of Sandwich Mountain, a 3,993-foot (1,217 m) summit in the southern White Mountains, in the town of Sandwich. The river drops off the mountain to the south, then turns west to travel through Sandwich Notch, staying in a wooded valley and entering the town of Campton. The valley broadens as the river approaches the village of Campton Hollow, where the river reaches New Hampshire Route 175 and drops over some small waterfalls. The river passes by the old industrial community of Beebe River and reaches the Pemigewasset River next to Interstate 93.

Blair Bridge

Blair Bridge may refer to:

Blair Bridge (New Hampshire) across the Pemigewasset River, near Campton, New Hampshire, USA

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Blair Bridge (U.S. Route 30) across the Missouri River, near Blair, Nebraska, USA, also known as the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Bridge

Blair Bridge (New Hampshire)

The Blair Bridge is a wooden covered bridge originally built in 1829, that crosses the Pemigewasset River near Campton, New Hampshire, United States. It connects New Hampshire Route 175 to the east and U.S. Route 3 and Interstate 93 to the west.

The bridge was damaged during Tropical Storm Irene on August 28, 2011. After this period, the bridge underwent many structural repairs by master bridgewright Arnold M. Graton and reopened in early 2015, with a weight limit of six tons per vehicle - twice as much as the old limit of three tons. As with many covered bridges, it is only wide enough for one lane of traffic; opposing traffic must wait until the bridge has cleared.


Campton may refer to:

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Campton, Bedfordshire, England

Chris Devlin-Young

Christopher Young (born December 26, 1961) is an American alpine ski racer and two time Paralympic Champion, who resides in Campton, New Hampshire. He competes as a monoskier in the LW 12–1 class.

George H. Adams

George Herbert Adams (May 18, 1851 – November 18, 1911) was an American Republican politician and lawyer who served as the President of the New Hampshire Senate.Adams was born in Campton, New Hampshire, May 18, 1851, the only child of Isaac L. and Louisa C. (Blair) Adams.After he graduated from Dartmouth College in 1873, Adams spent a year as the principal of the high school of Marlborough, Massachusetts. In January 1874, Adams entered the law office of Henry W. Blair in Plymouth, New Hampshire to study the law. Adams studied law until he was admitted to the Bar, during the September 1876 term of the New Hampshire Supreme Court at Grafton County, New Hampshire.On January 14, 1877, Adams married Sarah Katherine Smith of Meredith, New Hampshire. They had two children, Walter Blair Adams born December 13, 1887, and George Herbert Adams, Jr., born April 12, 1890.Adams was a delegate from Campton at the 1876 New Hampshire Constitutional Convention, and he was to elected to represent Plymouth in the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 1883, and to the New Hampshire Senate in 1889 and 1905, and in 1905 he was chosen the President of the New Hampshire Senate. Adams was twice elected the Solicitor of Grafton County, New Hampshire, serving for four years starting April 1, 1895.Adams died in Plymouth, New Hampshire November 18, 1911, and is buried in Trinity Cemetery, Holderness, New Hampshire.

Henry W. Blair

Henry William Blair (December 6, 1834 – March 14, 1920) was an American politician and a United States Representative and Senator from New Hampshire.

Herbert M. Merrill

Herbert M. Merrill (September 13, 1871 in Campton, Grafton County, New Hampshire – March 5, 1956 in Schenectady, New York) was an American politician from New York. He was the first Socialist member of the New York State Assembly.

Jackman, Maine

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Norman and Marion Perry House

The Norman and Marion Perry House is a historic house at 352 Ellsworth Hill Road in Campton, New Hampshire. The house was built in 1960 to a design by Hugh Stebbins, and is a residential embodiment of Modernist architecture. The property was landscaped by Leon Pearson, and has views of the surrounding mountain landscape.

The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.

Perry House

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David Perry House, Bridgeport, Connecticut, listed on the NRHP in Fairfield County

Perry-Shockley House, Millsboro, Delaware, listed on the NRHP in Sussex County

Durham-Perry Farmstead, Bourbonnais, Illinois, listed on the NRHP in Kankakee County

T.B. Perry House, Albia, Iowa, listed on the NRHP in Monroe County

Perry House (Perry, Louisiana), listed on the NRHP in Vermilion Parish

William F. Perry House, Bridgton, Maine, listed on the NRHP in Cumberland County

Clark Perry House, Machias, Maine, listed on the NRHP in Washington County

Perry Hall Mansion, Perry Hall, Maryland, listed on the NRHP in Baltimore County

Perry Point Mansion House and Mill, Perryville, Maryland, listed on the NRHP in Maryland

Perry-Cooper House, Salisbury, Maryland, listed on the NRHP in Wicomico County

James Perry House, Rehoboth, Massachusetts, listed on the NRHP in Bristol County

Warren Perry House, Lapeer, Michigan, listed on the NRHP in Lapeer County

Glenn and Addie Perry Farmhouse, Plattsmouth, Nebraska, listed on the NRHP in Cass County

Norman and Marion Perry House, Campton, New Hampshire, listed on the NRHP in Grafton County

Ivory Perry Homestead, Dublin, New Hampshire, listed on the NRHP in Cheshire County

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Sargent's Purchase is a township located in Coos County, New Hampshire, United States. As of the 2010 census, the purchase had a total population of 3.In New Hampshire, locations, grants, townships (which are different from towns), and purchases are unincorporated portions of a county which are not part of any town or city and have limited self-government (if any, as many are uninhabited).

Sylvester Marsh

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Places adjacent to Campton, New Hampshire
Municipalities and communities of Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States
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