Stratham, New Hampshire

Stratham is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The town had a population of 7,255 at the 2010 census,[1] and an estimated population of 7,280 in 2013.[2] It is bounded on the west by the Squamscott River. The town is the home of the only U.S. Lindt & Sprüngli factory and the headquarters of the Timberland Corporation.

Stratham, New Hampshire
The Stratham Historical Society, housed in the former Wiggin Memorial Library building
The Stratham Historical Society, housed in the former Wiggin Memorial Library building
Location in Rockingham County and the state of New Hampshire.
Location in Rockingham County and the state of New Hampshire.
Coordinates: 43°01′26″N 70°54′49″W / 43.02389°N 70.91361°WCoordinates: 43°01′26″N 70°54′49″W / 43.02389°N 70.91361°W
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
Winnicut Mills
 • Board of SelectmenMichael Houghton, Chair
Joseph Lovejoy
Robert O'Sullivan
 • Town AdministratorPaul R. Deschaine
 • Total15.5 sq mi (40.1 km2)
 • Land15.1 sq mi (39.1 km2)
 • Water0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)  2.49%
43 ft (13 m)
 • Total7,255
 • Density480/sq mi (185.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code(s)603
FIPS code33-74340
GNIS feature ID0873728


Trolley at Stratham Hill Park, Stratham, NH
Stratham Hill Park c. 1905

Stratham was settled in 1631 and incorporated in 1716. The area, called Winnicutt by the Pennacook Indians, was known as Squamscott Patent or Point of Rocks because of its location between Great Bay and the Squamscott River. The sixth town in the colony to be incorporated, the town was named for Wriothesley Russell, Baron Howland of Streatham, a friend of New Hampshire Royal Governor Samuel Shute.[3]

The town is unusual among New England settlements of its size in having been comprehensively mapped in 1793 by Phinehas Merrill. It is therefore possible to identify how many of the extant buildings of the town predate the map.

Each summer the town hosts the Stratham Fair, held at Stratham Hill Park.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 15.5 square miles (40 km2), of which 15.1 sq mi (39 km2) is land and 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2) is water, comprising 2.39% of the town. Stratham is drained by the Squamscott River, a tributary of the Piscataqua River. The highest elevation in town is 290 feet (88 m) above sea level, found on the summits of Stratham Hill and neighboring Jewell Hill.

Stratham Hill Park and nearby Gordon Barker Town Forest offer a combined trail system for hikers and mountain bikers.

Stratham is crossed by New Hampshire Route 33, New Hampshire Route 108 and New Hampshire Route 111.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20177,410[4]2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,255 people, 2,746 households, and 2,045 families residing in the town. The population density was 480.5 people per square mile (185.5/km²). There were 2,864 housing units at an average density of 189.7 per square mile (73.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.4% White, 0.2% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 0.1% some other race, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.[6]

There were 2,746 households out of which 37.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.0% were headed by married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.5% were non-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.6% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64, and the average family size was 3.08.[6]

In the town, the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 22.2% from 25 to 44, 34.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.[6]

For the period 2011-15, the estimated median annual income for a household in the town was $108,306, and the median income for a family was $138,239. Male full-time workers had a median income of $102,315 versus $56,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $58,137. 0% of families and 0.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0% of those under age 18 and 1.8% of those age 65 or over.[7]


In 2007, 1,901 Stratham residents were registered Republicans, 1,263 voters were registered as Democrats, and 2,710 were registered as undeclared voters.[8]

On June 2, 2011, former Governor Mitt Romney officially opened his presidential campaign at Scamman Farm in Stratham, due to the political weight that New Hampshire carries throughout the primaries.[9] Romney lost to Barack Obama in Stratham despite the town having a reputation for being a Conservative strong-hold. This was a clear signal that political demographics in the small New England town were changing. Obama went on to win the national election for U.S. President and secured a second term 4 years later.

Public safety

Stratham has an all-volunteer fire department[10] located in a new building at the intersection of Winnicut Road and Portsmouth Avenue (NH 33) next to the Stratham Historical Society.


Stratham is home to the Cooperative Middle School, 100 Academic Way and Stratham Memorial School, 39 Gifford Farm Road. High school students from Stratham attend Exeter High School.

Notable people


  1. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Stratham town, Rockingham County, New Hampshire". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  2. ^ "2013 Population Estimates of New Hampshire Cities and Towns" (PDF). NH Office of Energy and Planning. July 2014. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  3. ^ Austin J. Coolidge & John B. Mansfield, A History and Description of New England; Boston, Massachusetts 1859
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2017 (PEPANNRES): Minor Civil Divisions – New Hampshire". Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (DP-1): Stratham town, Rockingham County, New Hampshire". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  7. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics: 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates (DP03): Stratham town, Rockingham County, New Hampshire". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  8. ^ Haas, Chris (July 8, 2007). "Stratham Democrats come out of shadows". Retrieved May 19, 2014.
  9. ^ Cullen, Fergus (June 15, 2012). "Romney in Stratham: Don't Settle for Disappointment & Decline". New Hampshire Journal. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
  10. ^ "S.V.F.D. Recruitment". Stratham Volunteer Fire Department. Retrieved June 29, 2016.
  11. ^ "BARKER, David Jr., (1797 - 1834)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
  12. ^ "BARTLETT, Josiah Jr., (1768 - 1838)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
  13. ^ "CLARK, Daniel, (1809 - 1891)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
  14. ^ "Maurice J. Murphy". NH Bar Association. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  15. ^ Wiggin, Thomas. Provincial and State Papers, Volume 33. New Hampshire. p. 678. Retrieved January 26, 2014.
  16. ^ "WINGATE, Paine, (1739 - 1838)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved January 16, 2014.

External links

American Art Review

American Art Review is an art magazine founded and edited by Thomas R. Kellaway who published the magazine from September 1973 until November 1978. In the summer of 1992 he revived the magazine, which is published to this day. It is published on a bimonthly basis and was headquartered in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. The magazine is based in Stratham, New Hampshire.American Art Review concentrates on American art from the colonial era until the early 1970s. It focuses especially on exhibitions of figurative art in regional museums. The content is generally divided between scholarly articles on artists and advertisements from galleries.

Anna Hantz Marconi

Anna Barbara “Bobbie” Hantz-Marconi is a judge on the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Judge Marconi was appointed to the court by Governor Chris Sununu in 2017.

Bartlett-Cushman House

The Bartlett-Cushman House is a historic house at 82 Portsmouth Road (New Hampshire Route 33) in Stratham, New Hampshire. Built about 1810, it is one of the town's best examples of Federal-style architecture. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014.

Bob Stanley (baseball)

Robert William "Bob" Stanley (born November 10, 1954) is an American former professional baseball relief pitcher who played for the Boston Red Sox. He is currently the pitching coach for the Buffalo Bisons, Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.

With the Red Sox one strike away from winning the 1986 World Series, Stanley threw a wild pitch that allowed the New York Mets to score the tying run in Game 6. This ironically turned the tables on the Red Sox from what they themselves had done against the California Angels in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series just weeks earlier.

Cornet Thomas Wiggin House

The Cornet Thomas Wiggin House is a historic house at 249 Portsmouth Avenue (New Hampshire Route 33) in Stratham, New Hampshire. Probably built in the 1770s, it is a remarkably little-altered example of vernacular Federal period architecture. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

Daniel Clark (New Hampshire politician)

Daniel Clark (October 24, 1809 – January 2, 1891) was a United States Senator from New Hampshire and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire

David Barker Jr.

David Barker Jr. (January 8, 1797 – April 1, 1834) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from New Hampshire.

Deacon Samuel and Jabez Lane Homestead

The Deacon Samuel and Jabez Lane Homestead is a historic farmstead at 132 Portsmouth Avenue in Stratham, New Hampshire. Built in 1807, the main house is a fine local example of Federal period architecture, with carvings executed by a regional master craftsman. The property is further significant because the owners at the time of its construction kept detailed journals documenting the construction of it and other buildings on the property. The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

Emery Farm

Emery Farm may refer to:

Emery Farm (Durham, New Hampshire), a continually owned family farm since 1655

Emery Farm (Stratham, New Hampshire), on the National Register of Historic Places

Emery Farm (Stratham, New Hampshire)

Emery Farm is a historic farm property at 16 Emery Lane in Stratham, New Hampshire. The farmhouse, built about 1740, is a fine example of period architecture, with later 19th century stylistic alterations. The property is notable as one of New Hampshire's first market garden farms, a practice adopted by John Emery in 1855. The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.

John Crockett House

The John Crockett House, also known as Kenniston's Tavern, is a historic house at 245 Portsmouth Road (New Hampshire Route 33) in Stratham, New Hampshire in the United States. Built about 1760, it is a well-preserved example of Georgian residential architecture. It was operated for a time as a tavern serving travelers on the main road between Portsmouth and Exeter. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

Josiah Bartlett Jr.

For the television character on The West Wing, see Josiah Bartlet.Josiah Bartlett Jr. (August 29, 1768 – April 16, 1838) was an American physician and politician from New Hampshire. He served as a United States Representative from New Hampshire and as a member of the New Hampshire Senate during the early 1800s.

Julie Dubela

Julie Dubela (born January 16, 1991) is an American singer from Stratham, New Hampshire. She appeared on several television programs, including American Juniors and American Idol, and is known in the Boston, Massachusetts area for her live performances of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Maurice J. Murphy Jr.

Maurice J. "Moe" Murphy Jr. (October 3, 1927 – October 27, 2002) was (for one month) the New Hampshire Attorney General and (for eleven months) an appointed United States Senator.

Born in Dover, New Hampshire, he graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 1950 and from Boston College Law School in 1953. He was admitted to the bar and commenced the practice of law in Portsmouth in 1955. He served as an enlisted man in the United States Army in 1946 and 1947 and again in 1953 and 1954. He was legal counsel to the New Hampshire Senate in 1957-1958, and administrative assistant to Governor Wesley Powell from 1959 to 1961. After serving as deputy attorney general for several months, Murphy was appointed by Governor Powell as New Hampshire Attorney General, and took office on November 4, 1961. Three weeks later, the longest-serving U.S. Senator, conservative Republican H. Styles Bridges, died in office. On December 7, 1961, Governor Powell appointed Murphy as U.S. Senator, to fill the vacancy until a November 1962 special election. Powell's choice of Murphy was controversial; powerful publisher William Loeb published a front-page editorial in the Manchester Union Leader attacking Powell for passing over the late Senator's widow Doloris Bridges. Many political observers expected that Mrs. Bridges would be appointed to her husband's seat.Murphy ran in the 1962 election in an effort to keep his seat. However, Murphy was challenged in the primary by Doloris Bridges, Congressman Perkins Bass, and Congressman Chester Merrow. Murphy finished third behind Bass and Mrs. Bridges. Governor Powell, too, was defeated in that primary, and in his election night speech, he referenced Loeb's opposition and added that "I'm paying the penalty for appointing a Catholic to the U.S. Senate."Murphy then resumed the practice of law. He was chairman of the board and general counsel of the Portsmouth (N.H.) Savings Bank from 1968 to 1988. At the time of his death in 2002, he resided in Stratham, New Hampshire. He was interred in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Greenland, New Hampshire.

Paine Wingate

Paine Wingate (May 14, 1739 – March 7, 1838) was an American preacher, farmer, and statesman from Stratham, New Hampshire. He served New Hampshire in the Continental Congress and both the United States Senate and House of Representatives.

Stratham Historical Society

The Stratham Historical Society is a local historical society serving the town of Stratham, New Hampshire. Its headquarters is at 158 Portsmouth Avenue, in the former Wiggin Memorial Library building. That building, built in 1912, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.

The Timberland Company

Timberland LLC is an American manufacturer and retailer of outdoors wear, with a focus on footwear. It is owned by VF Corporation. Timberland footwear is marketed towards people intending outdoor use. The company also sells apparel, such as clothes, watches, glasses, sunglasses and leather goods.

Timberland’s corporate headquarters are located in Stratham, New Hampshire. Timberland also operates from offices in other parts of the world. Horween Leather Company supplies leather shells for footwear to the Timberland Company.In 1998 Jeffrey Swartz stepped up to become Chief Executive Officer of the company and brand his grandfather, uncle, and father had started.In February 2007, the company acquired Howies, the Welsh clothing company.In June 2011, Timberland signed a definitive merger agreement with VF Corporation at $43 per share or approximately $2 billion.In 2012, Howies was sold to its management by VF.

Thomas Wiggin

Captain Thomas Wiggin (1601-1666)), often known as Governor Thomas Wiggin, was the first governor of the Upper Plantation of New Hampshire, a settlement that later became part of the Province of New Hampshire in 1679. He was the founder of Stratham, Rockingham, New Hampshire, which celebrated its 300th anniversary of incorporation in 2016. The son of a vicar in the Church of England with family ties to important and influential families of the era. A highly respected man in his own right who would leave his stamp on what would become American values.

Three of his children survived: Andrew, Mary and Thomas. His son Andrew married the daughter of Governor Simon Bradstreet of the Massachusetts Colony; his son Thomas' daughter Sarah Wiggin married into the family of John Sherburne of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Wiggin Memorial Library

The Wiggin Memorial Library is the public library of Stratham, New Hampshire. It is located at 10 Bunker Hill Avenue.

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