Pelham, New Hampshire

Pelham /ˈpɛləm/ is a town in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 12,897 at the 2010 census,[1] and in 2017 the estimated population was 13,681.[2]

Pelham, New Hampshire
The Congregational church in the town center
The Congregational church in the town center
Official seal of Pelham, New Hampshire

Location in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Coordinates: 42°44′04″N 71°19′28″W / 42.73444°N 71.32444°WCoordinates: 42°44′04″N 71°19′28″W / 42.73444°N 71.32444°W
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
North Pelham
 • Board of SelectmenWilliam McDevitt, Chair
Douglas Viger, Vice Chair
Hal Lynde
Kevin Cote
Heather Forde
 • Town AdministratorBrian McCarthy
 • Total26.9 sq mi (69.8 km2)
 • Land26.4 sq mi (68.3 km2)
 • Water0.6 sq mi (1.5 km2)  1.93%
154 ft (47 m)
 • Total12,897
 • Estimate 
 • Density509/sq mi (196.6/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code(s)603
FIPS code33-59940
GNIS feature ID0873695


Pelham was split from Old Dunstable in 1741, when the border between Massachusetts and New Hampshire was settled. It was incorporated in 1746. The town is named after Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 26.9 square miles (69.8 km2), of which 26.4 square miles (68.3 km2) are land and 0.58 square miles (1.5 km2), or 2.09%, are water. The highest point in Pelham is Jeremy Hill, at 577 feet (176 m) above sea level.

The town contains the southernmost point in the state of New Hampshire, at 42°41′49″N 71°17′40″W / 42.69694°N 71.29444°W, a location known as the "Old Boundary Pine", named for a pine tree that marked the difference in definition of the northern boundary of Massachusetts. This point is 3 miles (5 km) due north of Pawtucket Falls in Lowell, and marks the point where the straight-line border to the west meets the 3-mile buffer defined by the Merrimack River.[4]

In addition to being New Hampshire's southernmost town, Pelham is the easternmost town in Hillsborough County. Three New Hampshire towns and three Massachusetts towns border Pelham: Tyngsborough to the southwest, Dracut to the south and east, Methuen to the east, Salem to the northeast, Windham to the north, and Hudson to the west.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201713,681[2]6.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

The earliest census data shows the town of Pelham having a population of 543 residents in 1767.[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 10,914 people, 3,606 households, and 2,982 families residing in the town. The population density was 412.9 people per square mile (159.4/km²). There were 3,740 housing units at an average density of 141.5 per square mile (54.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was:

Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.96% of the population. (U.S. average: 12.5%)

In 2000, there were 3,606 households, with an average household size of 3.03 and an average family size of 3.33.

  • 43.6% of households had children under the age of 18 living with them. (U.S. average: 32.8%)
  • 71.8% were married couples living together. (U.S. average: 51.7%)
  • 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present. (U.S. average: 12.2%)
  • 17.3% were non-families. (U.S. average: 31.9%)
  • 12.9% of all households were made up of individuals. (U.S. average: 25.8%)
  • 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. (U.S. average: 9.2%)

In 2000, the town's population had a median age of 36 years (U.S. average: 35.3).

  • 28.9% under the age of 18
  • 6.1% from 18 to 24
  • 34.0% from 25 to 44
  • 23.2% from 45 to 64
  • 7.8% who were 65 years of age or older

For every 100 females, there were 98.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $68,608. (U.S. average: $41,994). The median income for a family was $73,365. (U.S. average: $50,046). Males had a median income of $47,685 versus $33,375 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,158. About 1.6% of families (U.S. average: 9.2%) and 3.0% of the population (U.S. average: 12.4%) were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.


PelhamNH OldLibraryBuilding
The Pelham Library and Memorial Building, now home to the local historical society

Public schools are managed by the Pelham School District, part of School Administrative Unit #28, whose boundaries are coterminous with the boundaries of the town. The Superintendent is William Furbush.

The School District is overseen by the Pelham School Board, which members are:

  • Megan Larson, Chair (2021)
  • Deb Ryan, Vice Chair (2021)
  • Candice Repici (2020)
  • Troy Bressette (2022)
  • G. David Wilkerson (2022)
  • School Board Representative
    • Meghan Montminy
  • School District Treasurer
    • Patricia Murphy
  • School District Clerk
    • Danielle Pilato
  • School District Moderator
    • Doug Viger
  • School Board Secretary
    • Nicole Desmarais

The schools in the district are:

St. Patrick School was at one time a parochial school in the town.

Pelham government

Pelham is governed by a board of selectmen:

  • William McDevitt , Chair (2019)
  • Douglas Viger, Vice-Chair (2020)
  • Harold (Hal) Lynde (2020)
  • Kevin Cote (2022)
  • Heather Forde (2021)


Pelham is crossed by three New Hampshire state routes:

  • NH 38 enters the town from the south at the Massachusetts border, and curves to the northeast, exiting the town into Salem. It follows Bridge Street through town, and serves as the commercial hub of Pelham.
  • NH 111A begins at a junction with NH 128 just north of the Massachusetts border, going primarily northeast, exiting the town into Windham. It is known as Marsh Road and Windham Road within Pelham.
  • NH 128 is part of the larger Mammoth Road which connects Lowell, Massachusetts to Hooksett, New Hampshire. It enters the town from Massachusetts border, and goes due north, along the western edge of the town, before exiting the town into Windham.

The closest Interstate highway is Interstate 93, which is accessed 6 miles (10 km) northeast of the center of Pelham in neighboring Salem. Pelham appears on that highway's signs for Exit 2. The U.S. Route 3 freeway that runs through Nashua is 8 miles (13 km) west of the center of Pelham, and Interstate 495 in Massachusetts is 9 miles (14 km) south of Pelham, on the south side of Lowell.

Pelham has no air or rail transport within the town limits. The nearest commercial airport is Manchester–Boston Regional Airport along the border of Londonderry and Manchester. The nearest rail service is the Lowell Line of the MBTA Commuter Rail which can be accessed at the Charles A. Gallagher Transit Terminal in Lowell, Massachusetts. The nearest Amtrak station is Haverhill Station in Haverhill, Massachusetts.


Muldoon Park

The park is located northwest of the center of Pelham at 305 Mammoth Road (NH 128), just north of Nashua Road. The park's land area is surrounded by NH 128, two roads that branch off it, and a minor road which intersects NH 111A.

Muldoon Park offers many short walking trails, four variously sized baseball fields (ranging from t-ball to official), a soccer field, and a play area. Most of the trails lead to the park's two ponds, local roads and houses or to Beaver Brook, a small river. The town of Pelham completed an 18-hole disc golf course here, stretching over a quarter-mile, in September 2007.[8]

The Pelham Parks and Recreation department has recently added two non-official sized baseball fields to the southwest corner of the park. Construction is complete on one field with the exception of dugouts, and the other field is still under construction, as of September 2013.

There is now an 18-hole disc golf course at this park. Many players from surrounding towns enjoy a round of disc golf set in the woods adjacent to the sport fields.

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Pelham town, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  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. ^ "Profile for Pelham, New Hampshire". ePodunk. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. "Lowell, Massachusetts—New Hampshire" 7.5 x 15 minute quadrangle. 1987.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  6. ^
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ The Eagle-Tribune, October 15, 2007
  9. ^ The twentieth century biographical dictionary of notable Americans ... edited by Rossiter Johnson, John Ho

External links

Andy Borsa

Andy Borsa (1944 - March 7 2016) is a former member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. He was first elected in 1992 to represent Pelham. Borsa was elected as a member of the Libertarian Party.

Caleb Q. Dyer

Caleb Q. Dyer (born May 5, 1996) is an American politician and a former member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. He was first elected to the chamber in 2016 as a Republican. On February 9, 2017, Dyer switched his party affiliation to Libertarian. He served on the House Environment and Agriculture Committee, and as the House Libertarian Floor Leader.

Daniel Gage

Daniel Gage IV (1828–1901), known as the "Ice King of Lowell", started the Daniel Gage Ice Company in April 1870, but was dealing in ice as early as 1854.

Daniel Maldonado (Islamist)

Daniel Maldonado (born c.1979), also known as his adopted Muslim name Daniel Aljughaifi, is a U.S. citizen who in February 2007 became the first to face charges in federal court for training with Al-Shabaab, a terrorist organization in Somalia.Maldonado, of Puerto Rican origins, was born in Pelham, New Hampshire. After dropping out of high school before his junior year, in 2000 he converted to fundamentalist Islam and adopted the Arab surname of Aljughaifi. By 2005 he had married and was living in Houston, Texas with his wife and children; they moved that year to Cairo, Egypt. The following year, they went to Somalia, where he joined Al-Shabaab with another American Muslim, Omar Hammami. The group is classified by United States law enforcement as a terrorist organization.

After being captured by Kenyan forces in January 2007, Maldonado was turned over to United States officials and brought back to the US by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He was charged in a US District Court in February 2007 in Houston, Texas for receiving military training from a terrorist organization. In April 2007, Maldonado pleaded guilty to the charges. On July 20, 2007, he was sentenced to ten years in prison, with an additional three years of supervised release and a $1000 fine.

Frederick Atwood Greeley

Frederick Atwood Greeley (26 November 1896 in Pelham, New Hampshire – 19 March 1980 in Laguna Hills, California) was an American astronomer who worked on the solar constant program of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO), which had been started by Samuel Pierpont Langley. Greeley was a second cousin of Charles Greeley Abbot.

After graduating from a high school in Nashua, New Hampshire in 1916, Greeley joined up with the United States Army. His career as a soldier lasted only a few months and ended when the armistice was signed on 11 November 1918.

The Smithsonian had established a network of high-altitude stations around the globe - Mount Montezuma (9,500 ft) near Calama in Antofagasta Province, Chile (later shut down because of air pollution by surrounding mines), Mount Harqua Hala (5,800 ft) in Arizona (later moved to Table Mountain at Swartout, California), and lastly Mount Brukkaros in South West Africa, a site selected by Charles Greeley Abbot, and later moved to Mount St. Katherine, highest mountain on the Sinai Peninsula. Greeley's tours of duty as station director included all these stations as well as one at sea-level in Miami, Florida. His brother, Paul Greeley, also served at Mount Montezuma from 1920 to 1922, while Olive Greeley joined Frederick there during his 1942-46 stay.

He married Olive Adelia Troup (born 10 June 1901, in Maxwell, Iowa; died 21 May 1982, Laguna Hills, California), on 10 June 1937, at Riverside, California.

Frederick Greeley retired from the SAO on 1 December 1956, after 36 years of service. After retirement he lived in Redlands, California between 1957-1970, and Laguna Hills, California from 1970 to his death in 1980.

Jeremiah Pearson Hardy

Jeremiah Pearson Hardy (1800–1888) was a painter who spent most of his career in Bangor, Maine and specialized in portraits. He was also the central figure in a circle of 19th-century Bangor painters that included his daughter, Anna Eliza Hardy (1839–1934), sister Mary Ann Hardy, and pupils Isabel Graham Eaton, Walter Franklin Lansil and George Edward Dale.Hardy was born in Pelham, New Hampshire but moved to Hampden, Maine, with his parents in 1811. He first studied painting in Boston under David Brown, and then in New York under Samuel F.B. Morse, who was also the inventor of the telegraph. By 1826 Hardy had moved to Bangor, then a booming lumber port, and stayed for the rest of his life, painting portraits of not only the local elite but Penobscot Indians, the black barber Abraham Hanson, and members of his own family.Hardy's artistic style developed rapidly after his initial schooling. In the 1820s, he painted several elegant miniatures as well as masterful portraits of his parents and prominent citizens. He filled the walls of his Bangor studio with genre paintings, including studies of his family members painted by candlelight and firelight. By the 1830s, he was painting wealthy Bangor citizens, but needed to travel to other parts of the State to find work. His mature period from 1840-1856 is well documented in a ledger he kept of his artistic transactions. Many of the paintings listed still exist in the Bangor area, particularly in the collections of the Bangor Public Library, Bangor Historical Society, Isaac Farrar Mansion, Bangor Theological Seminary, University of Maine Museum of Art, and the University of Maine's Special Collections at the Fogler Library. By the 1850s, it is clear that the new medium of photography influenced his paintings, and in the 1859-60 Bangor City Directory, Hardy is listed as a portrait painter and photographer with his son Francis. Hardy returned to genre painting in the 1870s, and appears to have painted little in his old age, passing away at age 87 in 1888.Among his extant works are:

Mary Ann Hardy (1821, Collection of Boston Museum of Fine Arts)

Self-portrait (miniature, 1824, Collection of Bowdoin College)

Portrait of Abraham Hanson (1825, Collection of Addison Gallery, Andover, MA)

Sarah Polasses (c. 1828, Collection of Tarratine Club, Bangor, ME)

Lt. Governor John Neptune (c. 1835-40, Collection of Tarratine Club, Bangor ME)

Child Feeding a Parrot (c. 1832, Collection of Bangor Public Library)

Children Fishing (c. 1836, Collection of Portland Museum of Art, Portland ME and a second version, Private Collection, in ME)

Catherine Wheeler Hardy and Her Daughter (c. 1842, Collection of Boston Museum of Fine Arts)

Frances Veazie Lord (1847, Collection of Bangor Historical Society)

Reverend John Sawyer (1848, Collection of Bangor Theological Seminary, Bangor, ME)

Nathaniel Lord (c. 1847-1853, Collection of Bangor Historical Society)

Mrs. W. Blake (1850, collection of Bowdoin College)

The Smelt Seller (c. 1870-1880, Collection of Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME)

The Artists's Rose Garden (1879, Collection of Colby College)Hardy's brother Jonathan became a successful local fur-trapper, as did Jonathan's son, Manly Hardy. Manly Hardy's daughter (Jeremiah Hardy's grandniece) was the folklorist Fannie Pearson Hardy Eckstorm.

Josiah Butler

Josiah Butler (December 4, 1779 – October 27, 1854) was an American politician and a United States Representative from New Hampshire.

Methuen, Massachusetts

Methuen is a statutory city in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 47,255 at the 2010 census. Methuen lies along the northwestern edge of Essex County, just east of Middlesex County and just south of Rockingham County, New Hampshire. The irregularly-shaped town is bordered by Haverhill to the northeast, North Andover to the east, Lawrence and Andover to the south, Dracut (Middlesex County) to the west, Pelham, New Hampshire (Hillsborough County) to the northwest, and Salem, New Hampshire (Rockingham County) to the north. Methuen is located 30 miles (48 km) north-northwest of Boston and 25 miles (40 km) south-southeast of Manchester, New Hampshire.

Pelham High School

Pelham High School may refer to:

Pelham High School (Alabama), a school in Pelham, Alabama, United States

Pelham High School (Georgia), a school in Pelham, Georgia, United States

Pelham High School (New Hampshire), a school in Pelham, New Hampshire, United States

Pelham High School (New Hampshire)

Pelham High School is a high school in Pelham, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States. It is located in the Pelham School District. During the 2010-11 school year it had 622 students.

Pelham Library and Memorial Building

The Pelham Library and Memorial Building is a historic former library building at 6 Main Street in Pelham, New Hampshire. Built in 1895, it was the town's first dedicated library building, and also serves as a memorial to its military members. It served as a library until 2003, and is now home to the Pelham Historical Society. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.

Pelham Memorial School

Pelham Memorial School is a public middle school located in Pelham, New Hampshire, United States. Grades 6, 7, and 8 are enrolled in the school. The mascot is the Tigers for sports, which include track and field, wrestling, basketball, golf, and cheerleading. They have an upper-level middle school concert band that has won numerous awards, as well as outstanding grades at the NHMEA Large Group Festival.

Pelham School District

Pelham School District (School Administrative Unit #28) is a school district headquartered in Pelham, New Hampshire, in the United States.

The Pelham School Board contains five members each serving a three-year term as of election day.

The 2018 School Board members are (Term expiration)

Megan Larson, Chair (2021)Deb Ryan, Vice Chair (2021)

Candice Repici (2020)

Troy Bressette (2022)

G. David Wilkerson (2022)

School Board Representative

Meghan Montminy

School District Treasurer

Patricia Murphy

School District Clerk

Danielle Pilato

School District Moderator

Doug Viger

School Board Secretary

Nicole Desmarais

Ray Fox

Raymond Lee Fox, Sr. (May 28, 1916 – June 15, 2014) was an American engine builder, NASCAR car owner and NASCAR engine inspector. His cars won fourteen NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup) events and sixteen pole positions. His son and grandson, also known as Raymond Lee Fox Jr and III, respectively, also were NASCAR mechanics, with Ray Fox III currently working with Team Penske.He was inducted into numerous halls of fame, including the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Saint Patrick School (Pelham, New Hampshire)

Saint Patrick School was a private Roman Catholic elementary and middle school in Pelham, New Hampshire.

Sean Caisse

Sean James Caisse (born January 30, 1986) is a former American stock car racing driver.

St. Patrick's School

Saint Patrick School or Saint Patrick's School or St Patrick's School may refer to:

In Australia:

St Patrick's College, Ballarat, an independent Catholic boys school in the city of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.In Singapore:

Saint Patrick's School, SingaporeIn the United Kingdom:

St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh in Northern Ireland

St Patrick's Catholic Primary School in Stafford,EnglandIn the United States:

St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School in Washington, D.C.

St. Patrick Catholic School (Miami Beach, Florida)

Saint Patrick School (Pelham, New Hampshire)

Saint Patrick School (New Jersey) in Chatham, New Jersey

Wayne Helliwell Jr.

Wayne Helliwell Jr. (born April 5, 1977 in Pelham, New Hampshire) is an American racing driver. He competes in the American Canadian Tour.

Wayne won the 2012. 2013 and 2015 ACT Tour champion as well as the 2016 Oxford 250. He currently race weekly at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in the Pro Series.

William M. Richardson

William Merchant Richardson (January 4, 1774 – March 15, 1838) was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts and chief justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

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