Hopkinton, New Hampshire

Hopkinton is a town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 5,589 at the 2010 census.[1] The town has three distinct communities: Hopkinton village, mainly a residential area in the center of the town; Contoocook, the town's business hub, located in the north; and West Hopkinton, within the more agricultural portion of the town. The town is home to the Hopkinton State Fair, adjacent to Contoocook village, and to the historic Contoocook Railroad Depot and the Contoocook Railroad Bridge, the oldest covered railroad bridge in the United States.[2]

Hopkinton, New Hampshire
Town hall
Town hall
Official seal of Hopkinton, New Hampshire

Location in Merrimack County and the state of New Hampshire.
Location in Merrimack County and the state of New Hampshire.
Coordinates: 43°11′29″N 71°40′31″W / 43.19139°N 71.67528°WCoordinates: 43°11′29″N 71°40′31″W / 43.19139°N 71.67528°W
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
IncorporatedJanuary 10, 1765
West Hopkinton
 • Select BoardJim O'Brien, Chair
Ken Traum
Sabrina Dunlap
Steven Whitley
Anna Wells
 • Town AdministratorNeal Cass
 • Total45.2 sq mi (117.0 km2)
 • Land43.4 sq mi (112.3 km2)
 • Water1.8 sq mi (4.6 km2)  3.99%
505 ft (154 m)
 • Total5,589
 • Estimate 
 • Density131/sq mi (50.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code(s)603
FIPS code33-37540
GNIS feature ID0873630


James Story House, Hopkinton, NH
The town's first framed house built in 1745, as seen in 1901

The town was granted by Colonial Governor Jonathan Belcher in 1735 as "Number 5" to settlers from Hopkinton, Massachusetts, who renamed it "New Hopkinton." First settled in 1736, colonists were required to build homes, fence in their land, plant it with English grass, and provide a home for a minister, all within seven years. The community would be incorporated in 1765 by Governor Benning Wentworth.[3] Built in 1789, the Congregational Church has a Revere bell.[4] The legislature met in Hopkinton occasionally between 1798 and 1807. In 1808, the town competed for the coveted position of state capitol, but was defeated by nearby Concord.

Life and times in Hopkinton, N.H (1890) (14590292740)
W. S. Davis Building 1889

A substantial portion of the town in the north was named "Contoocook Village" for a tribe of the Pennacook Indians who once lived there. Due to its position along the Contoocook River, it became a center for water-powered industry, particularly lumber and textiles. The Contoocook covered railroad bridge in the village is a remnant of the Boston & Maine Railroad and is the oldest covered bridge of its kind still standing in the United States.[2] Next to the bridge is the Contoocook Railroad Depot, one of the original railroad depots for the Concord and Claremont Railroad.

Since 1915, Hopkinton has been home to the Hopkinton State Fair, an event which attracts thousands of visitors each year during the Labor Day weekend.[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 45.2 square miles (117.0 km2), of which 43.4 square miles (112.3 km2) is land and 1.8 square miles (4.6 km2) is water, comprising 3.95% of the town.[1] Hopkinton is drained by the Contoocook and Warner rivers. The highest point in town is Shaker Hill, on the border with Henniker, with an elevation of 923 feet (281 m) above sea level. Hopkinton lies fully within the Merrimack River watershed.[6]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20175,668[7]1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
Old Cemetery, Hopkinton, NH
Oldest part of Hopkinton village cemetery, as seen in 1901

As of the census[9] of 2010, there were 5,589 people, 2,204 households, and 1,631 families residing in the town. The population density was 124.7 people per square mile (48.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.7% White, 0.3% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1% of the population.

There were 2,204 households out of which 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.1% were married couples living together, 7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26% were non-families. 19.6% of all households were made up of individuals living alone and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.92.

Old Parsonage, Hopkinton, NH
Old Parsonage in 1901

In the town, the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 20, 3.3% from 20 to 24, 20.1% from 25 to 44, 35.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.8 years.

The median income for a household in the town was $84,911, and the median income for a family was $88,796. Males had a median income of $53,806 versus $45,656 for females. The per capita income for the town was $40,580. About 4.2% of the population was below the poverty line.


In the New Hampshire Senate, Hopkinton is in the 15th District, represented by Democrat Dan Feltes. On the New Hampshire Executive Council, Hopkinton is in the 2nd District, represented by Democrat Andru Volinsky. In the United States House of Representatives, Hopkinton is in New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district, represented by Democrat Ann McLane Kuster.


Public education is managed by the Hopkinton School District. Kindergarten through third-grade students attend Harold Martin School in Hopkinton village, and fourth through sixth graders attend Maple Street School in Contoocook village. The middle school is combined with Hopkinton High School in Contoocook village, which serves seventh through twelfth graders, and its sports teams are nicknamed the Hawks.

According to a study conducted in early 2014 by U.S. News & World Report, Hopkinton High School was ranked 1st among New Hampshire's public schools. Hopkinton High School has also been awarded a national silver medal and is ranked nationally #711 of the 19,400 public schools in the US. The school has ranked 1st consistently by U.S. News in 2015 and 2016.[10][11]

The town of Hopkinton also includes The Beech Hill School, an independent middle school serving grades 6th through 8th.[12]

Notable people

Register of Historic Places

[13] Name on the Register[14] Image Date listed[15] Location City or town Description
1 Contoocook Railroad Depot
Contoocook Railroad Depot
March 16, 2006
896 Main St.
43°13′21″N 71°42′47″W / 43.2225°N 71.7131°W
Contoocook Village Owned by the Contoocook Riverway Association
2 Hopkinton Railroad Covered Bridge
Hopkinton Railroad Covered Bridge
January 11, 1980
Off NH 103 and NH 127
43°13′23″N 71°42′51″W / 43.2231°N 71.7142°W
Contoocook Village Over Contoocook River in village of Contoocook
3 Howe-Quimby House
Howe-Quimby House
June 27, 1980
862 Sugar Hill Rd.
43°09′29″N 71°42′03″W / 43.1581°N 71.7008°W
4 William H. Long Memorial
William H. Long Memorial
July 15, 1977
300 Main St.
43°11′27″N 71°40′19″W / 43.1908°N 71.6719°W
Hopkinton Village Now houses the Hopkinton Historical Society.
5 Rowell's Covered Bridge
Rowell's Covered Bridge
November 21, 1976
Clement Hill Rd.
43°11′33″N 71°44′54″W / 43.1925°N 71.7483°W
West Hopkinton Over Contoocook River
6 Stanley Tavern
Stanley Tavern
September 7, 2005
371 Main St.
43°11′29″N 71°40′27″W / 43.1914°N 71.6742°W
Hopkinton Village

Sites of interest


  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Hopkinton town, Merrimack County, New Hampshire". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "RAILROAD BRIDGE, Hopkinton, New Hampshire". New Hampshire Division of Historic Resources. Retrieved 2008-01-10.
  3. ^ "History of Hopkinton". J. W. Lewis and Co.
  4. ^ Chapter XXVII. Charles Chase Lord.
  5. ^ http://hsfair.org/history.htm
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2017 (PEPANNRES): Minor Civil Divisions – New Hampshire". Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  10. ^ https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/new-hampshire
  11. ^ https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/new-hampshire/districts/hopkinton-school-district/hopkinton-high-school-12390
  12. ^ http://www.thebeechhillschool.org/
  13. ^ Numbers represent an ordering by significant words. Various colorings, defined here, differentiate National Historic Landmarks and historic districts from other NRHP buildings, structures, sites or objects.
  14. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-24). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  15. ^ The eight-digit number below each date is the number assigned to each location in the National Register Information System database, which can be viewed by clicking the number.

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Alvan Flanders

Alvan Flanders (August 2, 1825 – March 14, 1894) was a Delegate from the Territory of Washington.

Ann McLane Kuster

Ann L. McLane Kuster (born September 5, 1956) is an American politician, author, and attorney who has been the U.S. Representative for New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district, elected in 2012. A lobbyist and non-profit consultant from Hopkinton, New Hampshire, Kuster is a Democrat.

Concord and Claremont Railroad

The Concord and Claremont Railroad was an American railroad company during the mid-nineteenth century in New Hampshire spanning from Concord to Claremont.

Contoocook, New Hampshire

Contoocook () is a village and census-designated place (CDP) within the town of Hopkinton in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,444 at the 2010 census. Contoocook is well known for its growth of small businesses, preservation of historical landmarks, community involvement and recreational activities within the village.

Contoocook River

The Contoocook River () is a 71-mile-long (114 km) river in New Hampshire. It flows from Pool Pond and Contoocook Lake on the Jaffrey/Rindge border to Penacook (just north of Concord), where it empties into the Merrimack River. It is one of only a few rivers in New Hampshire that flow in a predominantly northward direction. Three covered bridges span the river, one in the village of Contoocook in the town of Hopkinton, one in the town of Henniker, and a third on the Hancock-Greenfield line. Residents and tourists have made the Contoocook popular for fishing and whitewater boating.

The name Contoocook came from the Pennacook tribe of Native Americans and perhaps means "place of the river near pines." Other variations of the name include the Abenaki meaning "nut trees river" or Natick language meaning "small plantation at the river."The river gives its name to Contoocook, New Hampshire, a census-designated place (CDP) within the town of Hopkinton.

George H. Perkins

Commodore George Hamilton Perkins (20 October 1836 – 28 October 1899) was an officer in the United States Navy during the American Civil War.

Hopkinton High School (New Hampshire)

Hopkinton High School is a public, co-educational secondary school located in Hopkinton, New Hampshire. In 2014, 2015 and 2016 it ranked 1st among New Hampshire's public schools by US News. Hopkinton High School has also been awarded a national silver medal and is ranked nationally #1182 of the 21,000 public schools in the US.

Hopkinton School District (New Hampshire)

Hopkinton School District is a public school district located in Hopkinton, New Hampshire, U.S. The district serves about 850 students in four schools.

Howe-Quimby House

The Howe-Quimby House is a historic house on Sugar Hill Road in Hopkinton, New Hampshire. Built about 1780, it is a well-preserved example of a rural 18th-century farmhouse with later stylistic modifications. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Matthew Harvey

Matthew Harvey (June 21, 1781 – April 7, 1866) was a United States Representative from New Hampshire, the 13th Governor of New Hampshire and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Otto and Vivika Heino

Otto Heino (April 20, 1915 – July 16, 2009) and Vivika Heino (June 27, 1910 – September 1, 1995) were artists working in ceramics. They collaborated as a husband-and-wife team for thirty-five years, signing their pots Vivika + Otto, regardless of who actually made them.

Richard Sylla

Richard Eugene Sylla is Henry Kaufman Professor of the History of Financial Institutions and Markets and a professor of economics, entrepreneurship, and innovation at New York University Stern School of Business. He teaches courses in financial history, economic and business history of the United States, and comparative enterprise systems. Professor Sylla also teaches for the TRIUM Global Executive MBA Program alliance of NYU Stern, the London School of Economics and HEC School of Management, and serves as Academic Director of Executive Programs at NYU Stern. Sylla is also a guest curator of a number of the Museum of American Finance's exhibits.

St. Methodios Faith and Heritage Center

The St. Methodios Faith and Heritage Center is a 191-acre (77 ha) camp run by the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston and located in the town of Hopkinton, New Hampshire near the village of Contoocook.

Stephen Harriman Long

Stephen Harriman Long (December 30, 1784 – September 4, 1864) was a U.S. army explorer, topographical engineer, and railway engineer. As an inventor, he is noted for his developments in the design of steam locomotives. He was also one of the most prolific explorers of the early 1800s, although his career as an explorer was relatively short-lived. He covered over 26,000 miles in five expeditions, including a scientific expedition in the Great Plains area, which he famously confirmed as a "Great Desert" (leading to the term "the Great American Desert").

Susan Lynch (pediatrician)

Susan E. Lynch is an American pediatrician and the wife of John Lynch, the Democratic former governor of New Hampshire. Susan Lynch was the First Lady of New Hampshire from 2005 to 2013.Since 2011, Lynch has been a pediatric lipid specialist at Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic in Bedford, New Hampshire. She was a pediatric lipid specialist at the Cholesterol Treatment Center at Concord Hospital in Concord, New Hampshire from 2005 to 2011.

Susan Ware

Susan Ware (born August 22, 1950), is an independent scholar, writer and editor who lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Hopkinton, New Hampshire. The author of eight biographies, two edited collections, and co-editor of a textbook, Ware is a specialist on twentieth century women's political and cultural history, and the history of popular feminism.

Thomas Corbett (Shaker doctor)

Thomas Corbett (1780–1857) was a Shaker brother of the Canterbury community in the state of New Hampshire (United States) who was well known nationally for his botanical medicines and innovative cures as a medical doctor and pharmacist.

Warner River

The Warner River is a 20.3-mile-long (32.7 km) river located in central New Hampshire in the United States. It is a tributary of the Contoocook River, part of the Merrimack River watershed.

The Warner River begins at the outlet of Todd Lake in Bradford, New Hampshire, 300 meters upstream of the confluence of the West Branch. The river flows east, receiving the outlet of Lake Massasecum, and enters the town of Warner. The small river has a long whitewater section in western Warner, passing under the Waterloo Covered Bridge next to an old railroad station, then reaches Interstate 89, after which the river flattens and meanders over gravel bars. A small waterfall at Davisville interrupts the flatwater, which resumes to the river's end, just north of the village of Contoocook, New Hampshire, in the town of Hopkinton.

New Hampshire Route 103 follows the Warner River for most of the river's length.

West Hopkinton, New Hampshire

West Hopkinton is a populated place within the town of Hopkinton in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. West Hopkinton is well known for its agricultural center, preservation of historical landmarks and recreational activities within the village.

Places adjacent to Hopkinton, New Hampshire
Municipalities and communities of Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States
Other unincorporated

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