Tilton, New Hampshire

Tilton is a town on the Winnipesaukee River in Belknap County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 3,567 at the 2010 census.[1] It includes the village of Lochmere. Tilton is home to the Tilton School, a private preparatory school.

Tilton, New Hampshire
Downtown Tilton
Downtown Tilton
Official seal of Tilton, New Hampshire

Location in Belknap County, New Hampshire
Coordinates: 43°26′32″N 71°35′22″W / 43.44222°N 71.58944°WCoordinates: 43°26′32″N 71°35′22″W / 43.44222°N 71.58944°W
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
 • Board of SelectmenJonathan Scanlon, Chair
Katherine Dawson
Patricia Consentino
Joseph Jesseman
Peter Fogg
 • Town AdministratorJoyce Fulweiler
 • Finance DirectorTim Pearson
 • Total12.0 sq mi (31.1 km2)
 • Land11.1 sq mi (28.8 km2)
 • Water0.8 sq mi (2.2 km2)  7.12%
443 ft (135 m)
 • Total3,567
 • Density320/sq mi (123.7/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP codes
03276, 03298, 03299
Area code(s)603
FIPS code33-77060
GNIS feature ID0873739


Originally the southern part of Sanbornton, the present area of Tilton was known as Sanbornton Bridge and Bridge Village.[2] These two names refer to the bridge, built in 1763, that crossed the Winnipesaukee River from Canterbury to Sanbornton and onto what is now Main Street in Tilton.[3] In 1869, Sanbornton Bridge was set off and incorporated as Tilton, named in honor of Nathaniel Tilton, whose grandson Charles E. Tilton was the owner of textile mills and the community's wealthiest citizen. Nathaniel Tilton established an iron foundry and the area's first hotel, the Dexter House. Charles E. Tilton donated many statues to the town, a unique feature, and his estate is now part of the Tilton School. Tilton Hall, his former mansion built in 1861, houses the Lucian Hunt Library. The attached carriage house was renovated in 1980 to become the Helene Grant Daly Art Center.

Charles E. Tilton also donated what is perhaps the most notable landmark in the area, the hilltop Memorial Arch, located in the neighboring town of Northfield, across the Winnipesaukee River from the center of Tilton. The Roman arch replica was built in the late 1800s as a memorial to his ancestors. It is built of Concord granite, 50 feet (15 m) high and 40 feet (12 m) wide.

View of Main Street, Tilton, NH

Main Street in 1909

Winnipesaukee River, Tilton, NH

Tilton Island Park c. 1908

View on the Winnipesaukee, Tilton, NH

View of the mills in 1908

View of Tilton, NH from Arch Hill

View from Arch Hill in 1906


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 12.0 square miles (31.1 km2), of which 11.1 square miles (28.8 km2) is land and 0.85 square miles (2.2 km2) is water, comprising 7.12% of the town.[4] Tilton is drained by the Winnipesaukee River. It is bounded in the east by Silver and Winnisquam lakes.

The highest point in Tilton is 866 feet (264 m) above sea level, along the town's northern border, near the summit of Calef Hill.

Tilton is served by Interstate 93, U.S. Route 3, and state routes 11, 132 and 140. Tilton is considered the gateway to the Lakes Region of the state, and a large commercial and retail district has sprung up at the intersection of the five aforementioned routes, just off Exit 20 of I-93. The historic village of Tilton is located a short distance to the west of the new commercial development, on the northern banks of the Winnipesaukee.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20173,555[5]−0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
Marble statue of Indian queen
Marble statue of Indian queen, representing the Americas, donated by Charles E. Tilton
Tilton Memorial Arch
Memorial Arch (Northfield) in 1909

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,567 people, 1,462 households, and 888 families residing in the town. There were 1,845 housing units, of which 383, or 20.8%, were vacant. 212 of the vacant units were for seasonal or recreational use. The racial makeup of the town was 96.2% white, 0.4% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.4% Asian, 0.0% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 0.2% some other race, and 1.7% from two or more races. 1.1% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[7]

Of the 1,462 households, 25.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were headed by married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.3% were non-families. 30.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.6% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28, and the average family size was 2.83.[7]

In the town, 17.9% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.4% were from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 30.4% from 45 to 64, and 20.0% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.2 years. For every 100 females, there were 106.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.2 males.[7]

For the period 2011-2015, the estimated median annual income for a household was $54,276, and the median income for a family was $59,754. Male full-time workers had a median income of $40,132 versus $36,715 for females. The per capita income for the town was $28,510. 8.3% of the population and 4.6% of families were below the poverty line. 16.6% of the population under the age of 18 and 6.4% of those 65 or older were living in poverty.[8]


In the New Hampshire Senate, Tilton is in the 2nd District, represented by Republican Bob Giuda. On the New Hampshire Executive Council, Tilton is in the 1st District, represented by Democrat Michael J. Cryans. In the United States House of Representatives, Tilton is in New Hampshire's 1st congressional district, represented by Democrat Chris Pappas.

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. pp. 643–644.
  3. ^ Brochure: Tilton-Northfield Historical Walking Tour, Northfield/Tilton Economic Development Corp., PO Box 659, Tilton, NH 03276
  4. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001) - Tilton town, New Hampshire". U.S. Census Bureau American Factfinder. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2017 (PEPANNRES): Minor Civil Divisions – New Hampshire". Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  7. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (DP-1): Tilton town, Belknap County, New Hampshire". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  8. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics: 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates (DP03): Tilton town, Belknap County, New Hampshire". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 25, 2017.

External links

Albert Batchellor

Albert Stillman Batchellor (April 22, 1850 – June 15, 1913) was a lawyer, politician, and historian who wrote about New Hampshire and early federal history. The Library of Congress has a file on him. He was president of the New Hampshire State Bar Association.

He was born in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, graduated from the seminary in Tilton, New Hampshire in 1868, and Dartmouth College in 1872. He studied law with Harry Bingham in Littleton and passed the bar in 1875. He married Harriet A. Copeland and had three children. He was a member of the Masons.Batchellor was active in politics. A Republican, he joined the Democrats in supporting Horace Greeley's political movement before returning to the Republican mainstream. He was chosen as a state representative for Littleton in 1887, 1888, and 1889, and served as a Solicitor for Grafton County, New Hampshire. The governor appointed him to compile the state's historical papers.The Boston Herald ran a news story related to him.

Charles E. Tilton Mansion

The Charles E. Tilton Mansion, now the Lucian Hunt Library, stands on the campus of the Tilton School in Tilton, New Hampshire, United States. Built in the 1860s and enlarged several times in the 19th century, it is one of the state's most architecturally eclectic houses. It was built by banker and philanthropist Charles E. Tilton, for whose family the town is named. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. It was acquired by the Tilton School in 1962 and adapted for use as its library, which is named for Lucius Hunt, a teacher of Classics at the school.

Edward Dow (architect)

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

Harry Taylor (engineer)

Harry Taylor (June 26, 1862 – January 27, 1930) was a U.S. Army officer who fought in World War I, and who served for a time as Chief of Engineers.

House by the Side of the Road

The House by the Side of the Road is a historic house at 61 School Street in Tilton, New Hampshire. The house, built c. 1783, is a modest 1-1/2 story Cape style house that is five bays wide, with a center entry and a central chimney. The house is locally notable as the home of poet Sam Walter Foss in 1877-78, when he was attending Tilton Seminary, and has been known as the "House by the Side of Road" after Foss's poem of the same name, since the 1890s. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Irving Widmer Bailey

Irving Widmer Bailey (August 15, 1884 – May 16, 1967) was an American botanist known for his work in plant anatomy.

John Charles Daly

John Charles Patrick Croghan Daly (February 20, 1914 – February 24, 1991), generally known as John Charles Daly or simply John Daly, was an American radio and television personality, CBS News broadcast journalist, ABC News executive and TV anchor and a game show host, best known as the host and moderator of the CBS television panel show What's My Line?

In World War II, he was the first national correspondent to report the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, as well as covering much of the front-line news from Europe and North Africa.

John W. Gowdy

John W. Gowdy (Chinese: 高智約翰; Pinyin: Gāozhì Yuēhàn; Foochow Romanized: Gŏ̤-dé Iók-hâng; 7 December 1869 – 1963) was a Scottish American bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church and The Methodist Church, elected in 1930. He also distinguished himself as a missionary, an educator, and as a college and university president.

Jonathan Page (cyclist)

Jonathan Page (September 16, 1976 in Tilton, New Hampshire, USA) is an American bicycle racer specializing in cyclo-cross and road racing. He was the USA Cycling National Cyclo-cross Champion in 2002 (primary sponsor Richard Sachs), 2003 (primary sponsor Selle Italia-Guerciotti) and 2004 (primary sponsor Cervélo). Page won his fourth National Championship in 2013. He currently lives in Kamas, Utah when not based in Oudenaarde, Belgium during the cyclocross season.

Mary Baker Eddy

Mary Baker Eddy (July 16, 1821 – December 3, 1910) was an American writer and religious leader who established the Church of Christ, Scientist, as a Christian denomination and worldwide movement of spiritual healers. She wrote and published the movement's textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and 15 other books. She started several weekly and monthly magazines—the Christian Science Sentinel, The Christian Science Journal, and The Herald of Christian Science—that feature articles on Christian Science practice and verified testimonies of healing. In 1908, at the age of 87, she founded The Christian Science Monitor, a global newspaper that has won seven Pulitzer Prizes. Eddy's book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures has been a best seller for decades, and was selected as one of the "75 Books by Women Whose Words Have Changed the World", by the Women's National Book Association. In 1995 Eddy was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. In 2002, The Mary Baker Eddy Library opened its doors, giving the public access to one of the largest collections about an American woman.

Tilton Downtown Historic District

The Tilton Downtown Historic District encompasses a roughly one-block section of Main Street (United States Route 3) in the center of Tilton, New Hampshire. It extends from Central Street in the west to Bridge and School Streets in the east, including all of the buildings on the north side of this section, and a cluster of buildings on the south side near Bridge Street. The area has long been a commercial and industrial center for the town, although most of the buildings now date from the late 19th century onward, and include a fine array of Victorian architecture. The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

Tilton Island Park Bridge

The Tilton Island Park Bridge is a foot bridge in Tilton, New Hampshire. It spans a portion of the Winnipesaukee River just east of downtown Tilton, providing access to Tilton Island Park, located on an island in the river. Built in 1881, it is a rare surviving example of a bridge with cast iron components, designed by a distinctive patent issued in 1858 to Lucius Truesdell. The bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Tilton School

Tilton School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory school in Tilton, New Hampshire, serving students from 9th to 12th grade and postgraduate students. Founded in 1845, Tilton's student body in the 2017-2018 academic year consists of 51 day students and 192 boarding students from 20 states and 16 countries.


WPNH and WFTN are commercial AM radio stations in Central New Hampshire. They are licensed to Plymouth (WPNH, 1300 kHz) and Franklin (WFTN 1240 kHz). The stations are branded as "Oldies 92.9" and simulcast the Oldies format on all four signals. Oldies 92.9's brand of oldies features an unusually deep and vast playlist offering the first generation of rock and roll of the 1960s. Oldies 92.9 also offers select hits from the late '50s and tops out musically into the early to mid '70s. The stations also carry Boston Red Sox during the baseball season. The studios are in Franklin, along with co-owned WPNH-FM, WFTN-FM and WSCY. Prior to the addition of the both of their 92.9 FM translators, 1240 WFTN and 1300 WPNH featured programming from Westwood One's "America's Best Music" adult standards format.

WPNH is a Class D station with 5,000 watts days and 88 watts at night, non directional while WFTN is a Class C station with 1,000 watts 24 hours a day. The stations also can be heard on FM translators at 92.9 MHz, W225CB, located in Tilton, New Hampshire and W225CT also on 92.9 in Plymouth, New Hampshire. WPNH & WFTN are known in the local market as Oldies 92.9 (after the translator frequency for both stations). The station does not stream its signal over the internet.

William Hamilton Page

William Hamilton Page (1829–1909) was a type designer and owner of William Page & Company, a leading manufacturer of wood type for letterpress printing.

William S. Ladd

William Sargent Ladd (October 10, 1826 – January 6, 1893) was an American politician and businessman in Oregon. He twice served as Portland, Oregon's mayor in the 1850s. A native of Vermont, he was a prominent figure in the early development of Portland, and co-founded the first bank in the state in 1859. Ladd also built the first brick building in Portland and was a noted philanthropist. Part of his former estate, the Ladd Carriage House, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Winnipesaukee River

The Winnipesaukee River is a 10.5-mile-long (16.9 km) river that connects Lake Winnipesaukee with the Pemigewasset and Merrimack rivers in Franklin, New Hampshire. The river is in the Lakes Region of central New Hampshire. The river's drainage area is approximately 488 square miles (1,264 km2).

The river has two distinct sections. The upstream section consists of a series of river courses connecting a chain of lakes, beginning with Lake Winnipesaukee. From the dam at the outlet of Lake Winnipesaukee in the Lakeport section of Laconia, the river almost immediately enters Opechee Bay. 1 mile (1.6 km) down the lake, the river exits over a dam and drops through the center of Laconia, its banks lined by industrial buildings from the 19th century that were constructed to take advantage of the river's power. The 1 mile (1.6 km) section through Laconia ends at Winnisquam Lake, the fourth-largest lake in New Hampshire. A 5-mile (8 km) stretch across Winnisquam leads to the dam at the lake's outlet and a short descent to Silver Lake.

The river's lower section begins at the natural outlet of Silver Lake, on the boundary between Belmont and Tilton, New Hampshire. The river passes through the center of the twin towns of Tilton and Northfield, then descends through a narrow valley to Franklin where additional small dams use the river's power. From Tilton to Franklin, the river has a drop of up to 90 feet per mile (17 m/km), with challenging rapids for sport boaters who put in at Cross Mill Bridge and take out at the U.S. Route 3 Sanborn Bridge in downtown Franklin. A USGS water gage is in TiltonThe Winnipesaukee River joins the Pemigewasset River just downstream from the center of Franklin, forming the Merrimack River.


Winnisquam may refer to a location in New Hampshire, the United States:

Winnisquam Lake

Winnisquam, New Hampshire, a village named after the lake

Winnisquam Regional High School, in Tilton, New Hampshire

Winnisquam Regional High School

Winnisquam Regional High School is a public high school located in Tilton, New Hampshire, in the United States. They are commonly known as the Bears, which is their school mascot. Students of the school are primarily from the towns of Sanbornton, Tilton, and Northfield, though some other towns are represented. The school is commonly referred to by its abbreviation, "WRHS". Recently the school's New Hampshire State Test scores have been steadily rising, and the school district has made strides to boost the WRHS curriculum, most notably by increasing the AP course selection.

In 2001, funds in the amount of $17 million were approved by the tri-town area in an effort to completely renovate the school as well as construct a new gymnasium and additional classroom space. During the renovation, the much beloved Star Wars mural that had covered the main wall of the old cafeteria had to be dismantled.

Winnisquam Regional High School operates a school of agricultural science in a separate building on its main campus. This "Ag Center" allows Winnisquam students, as well as students from nearby towns, to take vocational classes in agriculture, animal science, horticulture, and forestry for high school credit. The center maintains a greenhouse which grows a wide variety of flowers and plants.

Places adjacent to Tilton, New Hampshire
Municipalities and communities of Belknap County, New Hampshire, United States
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