Penacook, New Hampshire

Penacook, originally called "Fisherville",[2] is a village[3] within the city of Concord in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. It lies along Concord's northern border with Boscawen. The name comes from the Pennacook tribe that lived in the area. "Penacook" (Pennycook) was the original name of the plantation incorporated by present-day Concord.[2]

Penacook, N.H. (2675830552)
Print of Penacook by L.R. Burleigh with listings of landmarks

Penacook is located along a stretch of the Contoocook River that falls 100 feet (30 m) in slightly over 1 mile (1.6 km), just before joining the Merrimack River. Early hydro-powered industry was attracted to the site, and Penacook grew as a mill town. While dams on the river still generate electricity,[4] most of the 19th- and 20th-century factories, such as Allied Leather, have long since closed.[5]

Penacook has its own phone exchange (753), which includes a portion of Boscawen, and its own ZIP code (03303), shared with Boscawen, Webster, and parts of northern Concord east of the Merrimack River. Most of Penacook is located in the Merrimack Valley School District, though part is in the Concord School District.

Penacook, New Hampshire
Village Street in 1911
Village Street in 1911
Penacook is located in New Hampshire
Penacook is located in the United States
Coordinates: 43°16′49″N 71°36′00″W / 43.28028°N 71.60000°WCoordinates: 43°16′49″N 71°36′00″W / 43.28028°N 71.60000°W
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
331 ft (101 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)603
GNIS feature ID869059[1]

Notable people


  1. ^ "Penacook". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ a b Brown, David Arthur (1902). "Chapter 1. Its Location, Extent, and General Features". The History of Penacook, N. H., from Its First Settlement in 1734 up to 1900. Concord, NH: The Rumford Press. p. 2. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  3. ^ "Penacook Village". City of Concord, NH. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  4. ^ "Designated Rivers - Contoocook & North Branch Mgmt. Plan" (PDF). New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Tannery Redevelopment".
  6. ^ Ex-Yankee Red Rolfe succumbs

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The Abenaki (Abnaki, Abinaki, Alnôbak) are a Native American tribe and First Nation. They are one of the Algonquian-speaking peoples of northeastern North America. The Abenaki originate in Quebec and the Maritimes of Canada and in the New England region of the United States, a region called Wabanahkik ("Dawn Land") in the Eastern Algonquian languages. The Abenaki are one of the five members of the Wabanaki Confederacy.

"Abenaki" is a linguistic and geographic grouping; historically there was not a strong central authority. As listed below, there were numerous smaller bands and tribes who shared many cultural traits. They came together as a post-contact community after their original tribes were decimated by colonization, disease, and warfare.

Bob Tewksbury

Robert Alan Tewksbury (born November 30, 1960) is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher and current Mental Skills Coordinator for the Chicago Cubs. He played professionally for the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres and the Minnesota Twins.

Bob Tewksbury has the lowest ratio of base on balls per innings pitched for any starting pitcher to pitch in the major leagues since the 1920s, and the lowest ratio for any pitcher to pitch since the 1800s except for Deacon Phillippe, Babe Adams, Dan Quisenberry, and Addie Joss.

Contoocook Lake

Contoocook Lake () is a 344-acre (1.4 km2) water body located in Cheshire County in southwestern New Hampshire, United States, in the towns of Jaffrey and Rindge. The lake, along with Pool Pond, forms the headwaters of the Contoocook River, which flows north to the Merrimack River in Penacook, New Hampshire.

The lake is classified as a warmwater fishery, with observed species including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white perch, yellow perch, black crappie, bluegill, pumpkinseed, chain pickerel, and horned pout.

Contoocook River Amusement Park

Contoocook River Amusement Park was a trolley park in Penacook, New Hampshire. The park was developed along the south bank of the Contoocook River. For twenty cents in 1893, and up until the 1920s, one could ride 7 miles (11 km) on the trolley from downtown Concord to Penacook to enjoy free entertainment, fireworks, swimming, dancing at a large pavilion, boating, roller-skating, bowling, and even a steamboat ride up the Contoocook River. The park closed in 1925.

Electric Avenue, a dirt road that is part of the Concord Trail System, now leads through a wooded area where trolley car tracks once ran. Little trace of the park remains.

Edward Dow (architect)

Edward Dow (11 July, 1820 – 1894) was an American architect from New Hampshire.

George E. Hinman

George Elijah Hinman (May 7, 1870 – March 19, 1961) was an American lawyer and politician from the state of Connecticut. He was a Republican.

Hinman was born in Alford, Massachusetts in 1870 to William C. and Mary A. Gates Hinman. Hinman's family was from Connecticut: his father from Litchfield County and his mother from Norwich. Hinman graduated from high school in Great Barrington, Massachusetts in 1888, and became a newspaperman, working at the Berkshire Courier, published in Great Barrington, as reporter and advertising manager and later as local editor.

Hinman settled in Connecticut and became city editor of the Willimantic Daily Herald. In 1892, he became editor of the Willimantic Journal. He left the Journal in 1895 in order to study law: He studied under William A. King in Willimantic and in 1897 and 1898 took a special course at the Yale Law School, where he won the Thompson Prize for scholastic achievement.

In 1899 Hinman was admitted to the bar in Connecticut. On September 26, 1899, of that year, he married Nettie P. Williams of Willimantic, who died June 14, 1932.

Hinman was active in the Republican Party and served as secretary of the state central committee from 1902 to 1914. From 1899 until 1915, he served as a clerk in seven biennial sessions of the Connecticut General Assembly, beginning as assistant clerk of the House of Representatives and becoming clerk of the House in 1901 and clerk of the Senate in 1903. Hinman was appointed assistant clerk of the state constitutional convention of 1902. In the 1905, 1907 and 1911 sessions he was clerk of bills and in the session of 1909 engrossing clerk. In these positions he drafted legislation.

In 1914, Hinman received the Republican nomination for Connecticut Attorney General, serving in that post from 1915 to 1918. On February 13, 1919, he was appointed a judge of the Superior Court for an eight-year term beginning the following August 23. On February 19, 1925, he was appointed an associate justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court of Errors, the state supreme court, effective February 26, 1926. Hinman served on the Court until May 7, 1940, when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 70. After leaving the bench Hinman served as a state referee until shortly his death in 1961.

He was interred at Old Willimantic Cemetery in Windham. Hinman had two children: Russell William, who became a paper manufacturer in Penacook, New Hampshire, and Virginia Gates Allen, with Hinman lived with until his death.

Joe Randazzo

Joe Randazzo (born March 28, 1978) is an American comedy writer, stand-up comedian, and improvisational comedian. He is a former editor of the satirical newspaper, The Onion. In addition to performing stand-up, Randazzo has been a guest host of the improv comedy show ASSSSCAT 3000 at New York City's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. An avid user of Twitter

and a critic of Internet memes, Randazzo was nominated for a 2009 ECNY Award for Outstanding Performance in the Field of Tweeting. Randazzo has appeared on NPR's This American Life, PBS's Charlie Rose, and MSNBC's Morning Joe. Randazzo was awarded the Burke Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Public Discourse through the Arts by the College Historical Society of Trinity College Dublin in 2012.


Merrimack may refer to a location in the United States:

The Merrimack River, in Massachusetts and New Hampshire

The Merrimack Valley, the region surrounding the river

Merrimack, New Hampshire, a town

Merrimack County, New Hampshire

Merrimac, California, also spelled Merrimack

Merrimack River

The Merrimack River (or Merrimac River, an occasional earlier spelling) is a 117-mile-long (188 km) river in the northeastern United States. It rises at the confluence of the Pemigewasset and Winnipesaukee rivers in Franklin, New Hampshire, flows southward into Massachusetts, and then flows northeast until it empties into the Gulf of Maine at Newburyport. From Pawtucket Falls in Lowell, Massachusetts, onward, the Massachusetts–New Hampshire border is roughly calculated as the line three miles north of the river.

The Merrimack is an important regional focus in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The central-southern part of New Hampshire and most of northeast Massachusetts is known as the Merrimack Valley.

Several U.S. naval ships have been named USS Merrimack and USS Merrimac in honor of this river. The river is perhaps best known for the early American literary classic A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers by Henry David Thoreau.


Passaconaway, which translates to "Child of the Bear", was sachem of the Pennacook people in what is now northern New England in the United States.


The Pennacook, also known by the names Penacook and Pennacock, were a North American people of the Wabanaki Confederacy who primarily inhabited the Merrimack River valley of present-day New Hampshire and Massachusetts, as well as portions of southern Maine. They are also sometimes called the Pawtucket people or the Merrimack people.

An Algonquian-speaking tribe, they were more closely related to the Abenaki tribes to the west, north, and east, such as the Penobscot and Piguaket or Pawtucket, than to other Algonquian tribes to the south, such as the Massachusett or Wampanoag. This relationship was both linguistic and cultural. But, during the time of early Anglo-European settlement, the Pennacook were a large confederacy, politically distinct and at odds with their northern Abenaki neighbors.

Red Rolfe

Robert Abial "Red" Rolfe (October 17, 1908 – July 8, 1969) was an American third baseman, manager and front-office executive in Major League Baseball. A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Rolfe also was an Ivy Leaguer: a graduate, then long-time athletic director of Dartmouth College, and (from 1943–46) baseball and basketball coach at Yale University.

Rolfe was a native of Penacook, New Hampshire. He batted left-handed, threw right-handed, and was listed as 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and 170 pounds (77 kg).

Scott Drapeau

Scott Drapeau (born July 25, 1972) is an American former basketball player known for his collegiate career at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). In just two seasons with the team, Drapeau scored 1,290 points, was a two-time First Team All-North Atlantic Conference selection, and as a junior in 1993–94 was named the NAC Player of the Year.Prior to UNH, the Penacook, New Hampshire native starred at Merrimack Valley High School. He scored over 2,000 career points before enrolling at UMass as a freshman in 1991–92. After playing for the Minutemen for just one season, Drapeau then transferred to Southern New Hampshire University (then called New Hampshire College) and also played one season there. Drapeau ended up at UNH in 1993–94. The 6'8" power forward is credited with being the cornerstone of the two most successful seasons in UNH men's basketball history. They secured a school-record 19 wins in 1994–95 and went 34–22 between 1993–94 and 1994–95.Drapeau holds UNH career averages of 23.0 points and 9.8 rebounds, which are second and fourth all-time, respectively, as of the end of the 2012–13 season. He has the top two single season scoring records with 648 and 642 points. He tried to pursue a professional basketball career as he entered the NBA Draft; however, he had torn his ACL but did not tell his agent, which forced him out of the draft and ended his playing career. As of 2017 he resides in Concord, New Hampshire with his two daughters, son, and wife.

Shirley Barker

Shirley Frances Barker (April 4, 1911 – November 18, 1965) was an American author, poet, and librarian.

Barker was born in Farmington, New Hampshire, a descendant of early settlers of Massachusetts. She attended the University of New Hampshire, graduating with a B.A. in 1934 as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. While still an undergraduate, she won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition with her poetry collection The Dark Hills Under (1933). It was published with a foreword by Stephen Vincent Benet and was well reviewed.One of the judges had detected some literary affinities between her work and that of Robert Frost, so UNH President Edward M. Lewis asked Barker to send a copy of the collection to Frost, Lewis' friend and correspondent. Frost was enraged by what he perceived as anti-Puritan and anti-theistic sentiments in Barker's poetry and bizarrely insisted that Barker was the illegitimate descendant of a person described in her poem "Portrait". In what his biographer described as "a characteristic act of poetic retaliation", Frost penned the ribald poem "Pride of Ancestry" and the religious poem "Not All There". He did not tell Lewis of his objections to Barker's work and there is no record that there was any correspondence between Frost and Barker.Barker did not publish another book for sixteen years. She graduated with an A.M. in English from Radcliffe College in 1938 and a degree in library science from the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science in 1941. Beginning in 1940, she worked as a librarian at the New York Public Library, primarily in the American history section.In 1949, she published her debut novel, Peace My Daughters, about the Salem witch trials, which she believed her ancestors had attended. She wrote a series of successful formula historical novels, most of them set in her native New England and some with supernatural elements. Two of her novels, Rivers Parting (1952) and Swear by Apollo (1959), were Literary Guild selections. The success of these novels enabled her to leave the New York Public Library in 1953 and she moved to Concord, New Hampshire.Barker was found inside a car in her garage in Penacook, New Hampshire, dead of carbon monoxide poisoning. The car windows were up and the gas tank was empty. Her death was ruled a suicide. When Frost biographer Lawrance Thompson attempted to access her papers, he was told by her executor that they all "had disappeared under mysterious circumstances". However, typescripts, galleys, and plate proofs of the novels Liza Bowe, Swear by Apollo, and The Last Gentleman are in the University of New Hampshire Library.

The Mole (American season 2)

The Mole: The Next Betrayal (also referred to as Mole 2: The Next Betrayal, and simply Mole 2) was the second season of the American version of The Mole produced by Stone Stanley Entertainment. The second season featured a team of 14 players, one of whom was the Mole.

The season debuted in September 2001 on Friday nights on ABC. However, after three weeks, it was put on hiatus, with disappointing ratings in the wake of 9/11 and the Friday night death slot to blame. The producers later admitted that airing the program on Fridays was "a big mistake." The show returned in June 2002, restarting from the beginning, as a summer replacement series on Tuesdays.

Anderson Cooper returned to host, and often had a playful rapport with the contestants. In one episode, he tricked the players into thinking that there was an extra execution and taunted them after revealing the truth; in another, the contestants decided to throw him into a river following a task as a joke. In one of the games he apparently became slightly inebriated after drinking large quantities of wine with two of the players. As it had been in the first season, Cooper was unaware of the Mole's identity. On the final day of filming, he accidentally learned the identity of the Mole when he overheard a conversation by the producers.During its summer 2002 run, Mole 2 aired opposite the first season of American Idol. Its ratings were considered a success, and thus two celebrity editions of the show were created. The Mole returned in the summer of 2008 with a third season of non-celebrity contestants, and a fifth season overall.In 2007, Bill McDaniel, the Mole, published a book documenting the experience.

Trolley park

In the United States, trolley parks, which started in the 19th century, were picnic and recreation areas along or at the ends of streetcar lines in most of the larger cities. These were precursors to amusement parks. Trolley parks were often created by the streetcar companies to give people a reason to use their services on weekends.The parks originally consisted of picnic groves and pavilions, and often held events such as dances, concerts and fireworks. Many eventually added features such as swimming pools, carousels, Ferris wheels, roller coasters, sports fields, boats rides, restaurants and other resort facilities to become amusement parks. Various sources report the existence of between 1,500 and 2,000 amusement parks in the United States by 1919.

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