Sutton, New Hampshire

Sutton is a town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,837 at the 2010 census.[1] Sutton includes the villages of Sutton Mills (shown as "Sutton" on topographic maps), North Sutton, South Sutton and East Sutton. North Sutton is home to Wadleigh State Park on Kezar Lake.

Sutton, New Hampshire
Sutton Mills, central village in the town
Sutton Mills, central village in the town
Location in Merrimack County and the state of New Hampshire.
Location in Merrimack County and the state of New Hampshire.
Coordinates: 43°20′38″N 71°56′28″W / 43.34389°N 71.94111°W
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
VillagesSutton (Sutton Mills)
East Sutton
North Sutton
South Sutton
 • Board of selectmenWilliam Curless, Chair
Dane Headley
Robert Wright, Jr.
 • Town AdministratorElly Phillips
 • Total43.1 sq mi (111.7 km2)
 • Land42.3 sq mi (109.7 km2)
 • Water0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2)
928 ft (283 m)
 • Total1,837
 • Density43/sq mi (16/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Codes
03221 (Bradford)
03255 (Newbury)
03260 (North Sutton)
03273 (South Sutton)
03278 (Warner)
Area code(s)603
FIPS code33-75460
GNIS feature ID0873734


The town was granted in 1749 by the Masonian Proprietors to inhabitants of Haverhill, Newbury and Bradford, Massachusetts, as well as Kingston, New Hampshire. It was called Perrystown after Obadiah Perry, one of the proprietors. But the French and Indian War delayed settlement until 1767, when David Peaslee arrived. Many proprietors forfeited their claims, even with an extension in 1773, so the town was regranted in 1784. The second group of settlers were from Sutton, Massachusetts, source of the town's current name.[2]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 43.1 square miles (111.6 km2), of which 42.3 sq mi (109.6 km2) is land and 0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2) (1.85%) is water. The highest point in Sutton is the summit of Kings Hill, at approximately 1,930 feet (590 m) above sea level, in the northwest corner of the town.

The town is drained primarily by tributaries of the Warner River, which flows to the Contoocook River and ultimately the Merrimack River. The Lane River, a tributary of the Warner, drains a large portion of the center of town. The northern portion of town is drained by tributaries of the Blackwater River, another tributary of the Contoocook. The extreme northwest corner of town is part of the Lake Sunapee watershed, draining via the Sugar River of western New Hampshire into the Connecticut River. Blaisdell Lake is in the southwest part of the town.

Sutton is served by Interstate 89 and New Hampshire Route 114.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20171,877[3]2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,837 people, 757 households, and 556 families residing in the town. The population density was 43.4 people per square mile (16.7/km²). There were 985 housing units at an average density of 23.3 per square mile (9.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.5% White, 0.3% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.5% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 0.3% some other race, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.[5]

There were 757 households out of which 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.7% were headed by married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.6% were non-families. 20.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43, and the average family size was 2.78.[5]

In the town, the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 21.9% 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. For every 100 females, there were 100.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.7 males.[5]

At the 2000 census, the median income for a household in the town was $50,924, and the median income for a family was $56,685. Males had a median income of $34,250 versus $30,658 for females. The per capita income for the town was $24,432. About 2.8% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.0% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.


There are three public schools in the town: Sutton Central School (an elementary school), Kearsarge Regional Middle School, and Kearsarge Regional High School.

Notable people


  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
  2. ^ Coolidge, Austin J.; John B. Mansfield (1859). A History and Description of New England. Boston, Massachusetts. p. 661.
  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. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Sutton town, Merrimack County, New Hampshire". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 13, 2012.
  6. ^ "John Eaton, Jr". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  7. ^ "HARVEY, Jonathan, (1780 - 1859)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  8. ^ Benjamin, Walter Romeyn (1903). The Collector: A Monthly Magazine for Autograph and HistoricalCollectors, Volume 16, Issue 10. W. R. Benjamin Autographs. p. 106.
  9. ^ "Minnesota Governor John Sargent Pillsbury". National Governors Association. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  10. ^ THE LEGISLATIVE MANUAL OF THE STATE OF WISCONSIN (15th ed.). Madison, Wis. 1876. p. 473.
  11. ^ The Peter Paul Book Company (1896). The Magazine of Poetry and Literary Review. 8 (Public domain ed.). The Peter Paul Book Company. pp. 296–.

External links

View of North Sutton, NH
View of North Sutton c. 1905

Coordinates: 43°20′03″N 71°57′05″W / 43.33417°N 71.95139°W

Augusta Harvey Worthen

Augusta Harvey Worthen (September 27, 1823 – April 4, 1910) was an American educator and author. She taught school, and wrote poetry and prose. Her greatest work was the history of her town, Sutton, published in two volumes in 1890. This was the first New Hampshire town history prepared by a woman.

Charles D. Wells

Charles D. Wells was a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly during the 1876 session. Wells represented the 2nd District of Monroe County, Wisconsin. He was a Democrat. Wells was born on November 3, 1849 in Sutton, New Hampshire.

George A. Pillsbury

George Alfred Pillsbury (August 29, 1816 – July 17, 1898) was a businessman and miller associated with the formation of the Pillsbury Company. He was also a Republican politician active in both New Hampshire and Minnesota.

John Eaton (general)

For other people named John Eaton, see John Eaton (disambiguation).

John Eaton, Jr. (December 5, 1829 – February 9, 1906) was a U.S. Commissioner of Education and a Union Army colonel during the American Civil War. On March 12, 1866, the United States Senate confirmed his January 13, 1866 nomination for appointment to the grade of brevet brigadier general of volunteers to rank from March 13, 1865.

John S. Pillsbury

John Sargent Pillsbury (July 29, 1827 – October 18, 1901) was an American politician, businessman, and philanthropist. A Republican, he served as the eighth Governor of Minnesota from 1876 to 1882. He was a co-founder of the Pillsbury Company.

Jonathan Harvey (congressman)

Jonathan Harvey (February 25, 1780 – August 23, 1859) was an American farmer and politician from New Hampshire. He served as a member of the United States House of Representatives and the New Hampshire House of Representatives in the early 1800s.

Kearsarge Regional High School

Kearsarge Regional High School is a high school located in North Sutton, New Hampshire, serving the Kearsarge Regional School District. Kearsarge Regional High School serves students from the towns of Sutton, New London, Wilmot, Newbury, Springfield, Warner and Bradford.

Sports at the high school include softball, baseball, soccer, football, cross country, track, field hockey, lacrosse, rugby, tennis, basketball, swimming, ice hockey, cheerleading, Nordic and alpine skiing, wrestling and a new dance team. Kearsarge Regional High School offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities and clubs where all students are encouraged to participate. The school colors are blue and gold, and the mascot is a cougar. The 2010 varsity football team were the New Hampshire Division V state champions, and the boys varsity track and field team were the New Hampshire Division III state champions in 2013, 2014, and 2016.

Each year the school classes compete in Winter Carnival, a competition which includes obstacle course relays, "hippity-hop", tug of war and various after-school activities. At the end of each day of Winter Carnival, the entire school files into the gymnasium where the competition for that day is held. Leading up to the last day of Winter Carnival, each class is specifically assigned a corner of the gym where they must create a theme for their class that incorporates the year they are supposed to graduate and the color of their class.

Kitty DeGree

Dorothey Phillis Hall DeGree, known as Kitty DeGree (July 29, 1922 – October 25, 2012), was a real estate developer, civic figure, and philanthropist in her adopted city of Monroe, Louisiana, USA. In the last years of her life, she was the largest single donor to the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Lane River

The Lane River is an 8.5-mile-long (13.7 km) stream located in central New Hampshire in the United States. It is a tributary of the Warner River, part of the Contoocook River (and ultimately Merrimack River) watershed.

The Lane River begins at the outlet of Kezar Lake in the village of North Sutton, New Hampshire. The river flows south through a broad wetland, incorporating the outflow of Gile Pond, then suddenly drops 140 feet (43 m) in 0.3 miles (0.5 km) to enter the village of Sutton. The river continues southeast through more wetlands and past the village of South Sutton, then becomes more rapid as it descends to the Warner River at the Sutton/Warner town line.

Lydia Fowler Wadleigh

Lydia Fowler Wadleigh (February 8, 1817 – October 27, 1888) was an American educator, principal of the first high school for girls in New York City, and "lady superintendent" of the precursor to Hunter College.

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.

Matthew Harvey House

The Matthew Harvey House is a historic house on Harvey Street in Sutton, New Hampshire, and the centerpiece of Muster Field Farm, a working farm museum. Built in 1784, it is a prominent local example of Federal period architecture, and the homestead of a politically powerful family. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.

North Sutton, New Hampshire

North Sutton is an unincorporated community in the town of Sutton in Merrimack County, New Hampshire. It is located at the eastern end of Kezar Lake, adjacent to Wadleigh State Park.

New Hampshire Route 114 passes through the village, leading north to New London and south to Sutton Village, South Sutton, and Bradford. Interstate 89 passes just east of the village, which can be accessed from Exit 10.

North Sutton has a separate ZIP code (03260) from other parts of the town of Sutton.

Pillsbury Memorial Hall

Pillsbury Memorial Hall, located at 93 Main Street, is the town hall of Sutton, New Hampshire. It was built in 1891, funded by a gift from New Hampshire native John Sargent Pillsbury, founder of the Pillsbury Company and a leading Minnesota politician. It is the only Romanesque style town hall building in Merrimack County. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.

R. W. Scott McLeod

Robert Walter Scott McLeod (June 7, 1914 – November 7, 1961) headed the U.S. Department of State's Bureau for Security and Consular Affairs from 1953 to 1957 and served as U.S. Ambassador to Ireland from 1957 to 1961. He was the principal U.S. government official responsible for the purge of those charged with disloyalty or homosexuality from the State Department during the McCarthy era.

South Sutton, New Hampshire

South Sutton is an unincorporated community in the town of Sutton in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. It is located along New Hampshire Route 114, which leads north through Sutton Mills and North Sutton into the town of New London, and south into the town of Bradford. South Sutton is located along the Lane River.

South Sutton has a separate ZIP code (03273) from other parts of the town of Sutton.

South Sutton Meeting House

The South Sutton Meeting House is a historic meeting house at 17 Meeting House Hill Road in South Sutton, New Hampshire. The wood-frame building was constructed in 1839, and is a well-preserved example of rural vernacular Greek Revival architecture. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.

Wadleigh State Park

Wadleigh State Park is a 50-acre (0.20 km2)+ state park in Sutton, New Hampshire, located on Kezar Lake. Activities include swimming, picnicking, fishing, and boating. Power boats are allowed, but the lake is not very large, and power boats could harass the loons that nest on an island. Amenities in the park include a bathhouse, picnic tables, and playing fields.

The Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway is a 75-mile (121 km) loop hiking trail that links four New Hampshire state parks: Mount Sunapee, Winslow, Rollins and Wadleigh. The trail also links three New Hampshire state forests: Gile, Kearsarge and Shadow Hill, as well as one state wildlife management area: Bog Mountain.

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

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