Plaistow, New Hampshire

Plaistow (/ˈplæstaʊ/, traditionally /-toʊ/) is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 7,609 at the 2010 census.[1]

Plaistow, New Hampshire
Official seal of Plaistow, New Hampshire

Location in Rockingham County and the state of New Hampshire.
Location in Rockingham County and the state of New Hampshire.
Coordinates: 42°50′11″N 71°05′41″W / 42.83639°N 71.09472°WCoordinates: 42°50′11″N 71°05′41″W / 42.83639°N 71.09472°W
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
 • Board of SelectmenSteve Ranlett, Chair
Julian Kiszka
John Sherman
Peter Bracci
Francine Hart
 • Town ManagerMark Pearson
 • Total10.64 sq mi (27.55 km2)
 • Land10.63 sq mi (27.53 km2)
 • Water0.008 sq mi (0.02 km2)
102 ft (31 m)
 • Total7,609
 • Estimate 
 • Density725/sq mi (279.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code(s)603
FIPS code33-62500
GNIS feature ID0873701


Plaistow town hall
Plaistow Town Hall in late spring

Plaistow was officially established as a town in 1749 after the 1739 resolution of a long-running boundary dispute between the Province of Massachusetts Bay and the Province of New Hampshire.[2] It is the only town outside the United Kingdom with the name Plaistow. In 1776 the western part of Plaistow became a separate town, Atkinson.

The present town hall was built in 1895. Each year, the town celebrates "Old Home Day", with a parade, fireworks, and carnival-type atmosphere on the Town Hall Lawn to celebrate the town's anniversary.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 10.64 square miles (27.55 km2), of which 0.01 square miles (0.02 km2), or 0.09%, are water.[1] The highest point in Plaistow is an unnamed summit at 384 feet (117 m) above sea level near the town's northern end.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20177,702[3]1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 7,747 people, 2,871 households, and 2,150 families residing in the town. The population density was 728.8 people per square mile (281.4/km²). There were 2,927 housing units at an average density of 275.4 per square mile (106.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.33% White, 0.21% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.30% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.32% of the population.

There were 2,871 households out of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.1% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.1% were non-families. 19.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the town, the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $61,707, and the median income for a family was $66,852. Males had a median income of $45,756 versus $31,657 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,255. About 2.1% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.4% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.


Pollard school
Pollard Elementary School, May 2006

Plaistow is home to Timberlane Regional High School (grades 9-12) and Timberlane Regional Middle School (grades 6-8), which serve as middle and high school for the towns of Plaistow, Atkinson, Danville and Sandown. Plaistow is also home to Pollard Elementary School, which serves only Plaistow children from kindergarten to grade 5.

Timberlane Regional High School has had noticeable success in music, theatrical performance, wrestling,and softball. The school offers access to vocational programs at Salem High School and Pinkerton Academy. Timberlane students participating in the program start during the 11th grade and spend two to three periods a day at either Salem or Pinkerton. Upon graduation, the participating students receive an associate's degree along with a high school diploma.

Economy and transportation

Plaistow's economy is centered along New Hampshire Route 125, a north-south road that connects the town with Haverhill, Massachusetts, to the south and Kingston, Epping, and Rochester, New Hampshire, to the north. Local businesses and numerous large chain stores are located along Route 125, which has become known for problems with heavy traffic during weekday commuting and weekend shopping hours. Route 125 intersects with Interstate 495 in Massachusetts 2 miles (3 km) south of the center of Plaistow. Commuters to Massachusetts are able to use a New Hampshire park and ride facility located on Westville Road, just east of Route 125.

Route 121A runs north to south through the center of Plaistow, as a local route. It crosses NH 125 north of the center of town and rejoins 125 at the south end of town, at the Massachusetts border. NH 121A leads north through Hampstead and Sandown to Chester. New Hampshire Route 108 runs north to south along the eastern edge of Plaistow, just 0.1 miles (0.16 km) west of the Massachusetts border. Route 108 leads north to Newton and Exeter and south to the center of Haverhill.

Pan Am Railways (formerly the Boston and Maine Railroad) operates the main railroad line from Boston to Portland, Maine, which is utilized by Amtrak and by freight trains, running through Plaistow. Passenger stations for the Amtrak Downeaster are available in Haverhill to the south and Exeter to the north. A proposal to extend existing MBTA commuter rail service from Boston through Haverhill into Plaistow concluded in 2015 with the decision not to extend the route at this time.[6]

MVRTA bus 13 runs from the center of Haverhill to just south of the state border, where it stops on Route 125. While the bus does not allow people to get on or off in Plaistow, businesses close to the state border are within walking distance of the bus stop.

Notable people


  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Plaistow town, Rockingham County, New Hampshire". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  2. ^ "History". Plaistow Master Plan (PDF). Plaistow, New Hampshire. 2005. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  3. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2017 (PEPANNRES): Minor Civil Divisions – New Hampshire". Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "Plaistow Rail Study | Rail and Transit | NH Department of Transportation". Retrieved 2019-06-13.
  7. ^ "There's a new name (that you've never heard of) in Canadian running - Canadian Running Magazine". Retrieved 2017-04-28.

External links

Atkinson, New Hampshire

Atkinson is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 6,751 at the 2010 census.

Daniel G. George

Daniel Griffin George (b. July 7, 1840 – d. February 26, 1916) alias William Smith was a Union Navy sailor in the American Civil War who received the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor.

Danville, New Hampshire

Danville is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 4,387 at the 2010 census. Danville is part of the Timberlane Regional School District, with students attending Danville Elementary School, Timberlane Regional Middle School, and Timberlane Regional High School.

Greenleaf Clark

Greenleaf Clark (August 23, 1835 – December 7, 1904) was an American jurist.

Born in Plaistow, New Hampshire, Clark received his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College in 1866 and his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1857. He then moved to Saint Paul, Minnesota to practice law and was an attorney for the Great Northern Railroad. Clark served briefly on the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1881 and 1882. Clark died suddenly at his winter home in Lamanda Park, Pasadena, California.

Jerome Andrews

Jerome Andrews (1908–1992) was an American dancer and choreographer. He is remembered as a pioneer of modern dance in France.

List of MBTA Commuter Rail stations

The MBTA Commuter Rail is the commuter rail system for the Greater Boston metropolitan area of Massachusetts. It is owned by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and operated under contract by the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company (MBCR). As of the first quarter of 2013, it was the sixth-busiest commuter rail system in the United States with an average weekday ridership of 127,500. There are currently 138 stations on 12 lines, with one additional station used only for special events at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.The system's routes span the eastern third of Massachusetts and the northern half of Rhode Island. They stretch from Newburyport in the north to North Kingstown, Rhode Island in the south, and reach as far west as Worcester and Fitchburg. There are plans to expand the area covered by the Commuter Rail further into Rhode Island to the south as well as into New Hampshire to the north.The system is split into two parts, with lines north of Boston having a terminus at North Station and lines south of Boston having a terminus at South Station. There is no direct connection between the two stations, but travel is made possible by transferring to the MBTA's subway system (although this requires an intermediate transfer at either Park Street or Downtown Crossing) or the 4 bus. This lack of direct connection could be alleviated by the proposed (but currently shelved) North–South Rail Link, which would build a tunnel connecting the two terminals.Currently, there are several extensions of the Commuter Rail system under construction or in the planning stages. The extension of service from Providence further into Rhode Island opened to T. F. Green Airport in December 2010 and to Wickford Junction in April 2012. The Fairmount Line is undergoing a major rehabilitation that includes the construction of four new stations in Boston; the first three of these opened in November 2012 and July 2013. Planning work on the South Coast Rail project to restore service to Fall River and New Bedford is continuing with bridge work already started, and proposed extensions of commuter rail service to Nashua, New Hampshire via the Lowell Line and Plaistow, New Hampshire via the Haverhill Line are in the planning stages.

Massachusetts Route 125

Route 125 is a Massachusetts state route that while running southwest to northeast, is signed north–south. It runs from Interstate 93 in Wilmington to the Massachusetts-New Hampshire state line in Haverhill, where it continues as New Hampshire Route 125 through Plaistow to Rochester, New Hampshire. After the first 1.7 miles (2.7 km), which are in Middlesex County, the rest of the route passes through Essex County.

Nathaniel Peabody

Nathaniel Peabody (March 1, 1741 – June 27, 1823) was an American physician from Rockingham County, New Hampshire. He represented New Hampshire as a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1779 and 1780.

Nathaniel was born to Jacob Peabody in Topsfield, Massachusetts. He attended local common schools and the studied medicine with his father. In 1761, he removed to Plaistow, New Hampshire and began the practice of medicine. He was to remain a resident of Rockingham County for the rest of his life, but in 1761 he moved his practice to the larger town of Exeter.

Dr. Peabody became active in county affairs and the New Hampshire Militia. He was made a Lt. Colonel in the militia and participated in the early stages of the Revolution including the raid on Fort William and Mary in December 1774. After this event, he resigned his commission, since it came from the crown through the royal government.

Nathaniel was elected to New Hampshire's revolutionary assembly in 1776. He would ultimately serve in the state's lower house in 1776-1779, 1781–1785, 1787–1790, and 1793-1796. Also in 1776 he became a member of the Committee of Safety, which acted as a revolutionary government when the assembly was not in session. In 1777, he was named the Adjutant General of the state militia, and held that post until 1779.

Peabody was named to the Continental Congress on April 3, 1779 to replace Josiah Bartlett who had resigned that post. He served in congress through the 1780 session. He was a member in 1782, when the New Hampshire convention met to create a constitution for the new state, and served as chairman of the drafting committee. Under the new constitution he represented Rockingham County in the State Senate in 1785-1786 and 1790-1793. Although re-appointed to the national congress in 1785 he did not attend any sessions.

During the later years of his life Peabody's support for the revolution caused him trouble. For about twenty years he was confined to the parole limits for debtors at the Exeter jail. He died Exeter in 1823, and was reportedly buried in the Old Cemetery in South Hampton, but the exact location is uncertain.

New Hampshire Route 108

New Hampshire Route 108 is a 42.430-mile-long (68.284 km) north–south state highway in Rockingham and Strafford counties in southeastern New Hampshire. The southern terminus of NH 108 is at the Massachusetts state line in Plaistow. The northern terminus is at an intersection with New Hampshire Route 125 and New Hampshire Route 202A in downtown Rochester.

At its southern end, NH 108 connects to Massachusetts Route 108, a very short state route which continues south for 0.91 miles (1.46 km) to Massachusetts Route 110 in Haverhill.NH 108 is notable in being one of two routes (the other being New Hampshire Route 9) to intersect both U.S. Route 4 and New Hampshire Route 4 (a rare case of two completely separate routes in one state having the same number).

Norman Major

Norman Major (born April 9, 1934) is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, representing Rockingham District 14 (Atkinson and Plaistow). He is Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and lives in Plaistow.Major was born in Keene, New Hampshire. He married Brenda Major in 1961; the Majors have four sons and six grandchildren. Major graduated from the University of New Hampshire and earned an MSEE from Northeastern University. He served in the U.S. Army and is now retired from a career in engineering management with AT&T.

Plaistow Carhouse

The Plaistow Carhouse is a historic trolley barn at 27 Elm Street in Plaistow, New Hampshire. Built in 1901, it is a surviving reminder of a short-lived trolley service that served the town until 1930. The building now houses the town's police and fire departments. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

State Line Tack

State Line Tack, a division of TABcom, LLC, is an equine products and supplies retailer. Beginning as a single outlet in Plaistow, New Hampshire in 1980, on the state line between New Hampshire and Massachusetts, State Line Tack converted an old barn into a two story retail tack store. At that time, it offered the largest selection of horse supplies in a single location nationwide, and offered more reasonably priced lines of inventory than most of its competitors. It grew into a direct mail catalog retailer within a few years after being purchased by mail order pet supply giant Sporting Dog Specialties. In 1996, PetSmart, Inc. acquired Sporting Dog Specialties and its subsidiary State Line Tack for $45 million mostly paid in company stock, and opened more than 160 full-size (about 3,000 square feet) equine departments inside PetSmart stores. The Plaistow store moved to Salem, New Hampshire, expanding to over 10,000 square feet (930 m2).

In 2007, PetSmart sold State Line Tack, including the brand name, inventory, customer lists, and other assets, to Pets United (now known as TABCom, LLC) for an undisclosed amount. PetSmart closed all stores and the Fulfillment Center in Brockport, New York. Under TABcom, State Line Tack continues to operate as an online retailer.


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Thomas Toth

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Timberlane Regional Middle School, Plaistow, New Hampshire

Timberlane Middle School, Mercer County, New Jersey

Timberlane Regional High School

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Train shed

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The biggest train sheds were often built as an arch of glass and iron, while the smaller were built as normal pitched roofs.

The train shed with the biggest single span ever built was that at the second Philadelphia Broad Street Station, built in 1891.


Vattnet, formerly known as Vattnet Viskar, was an American post-metal band from New Hampshire that have released 3 full-length albums and a self-titled EP.

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Municipalities and communities of Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States
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