Windham, New Hampshire
Old Values, New Horizons
|• Board of Selectmen||Ross McLeod, Chair|
|• Town Administrator||David Sullivan|
|• Total||27.9 sq mi (72.2 km2)|
|• Land||26.8 sq mi (69.4 km2)|
|• Water||1.1 sq mi (2.7 km2) 3.80%|
|Elevation||194 ft (59 m)|
|• Density||490/sq mi (190/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (Eastern)|
|GNIS feature ID||0873758|
The area was initially home to the Pawtucket Native Americans. Scottish immigrants began to settle in the area in 1719. The region was known as “Nutfield” and included what are now the neighboring towns of Derry and Londonderry. By 1721 some of the original settlers petitioned to form a separate independent community. Governor Benning Wentworth granted this request in 1742. One published theory holds that the community's name refers to Windham, Ireland, harkening back to the petitioners' homeland. However, it has been alternatively postulated that the town was named after Sir Charles Wyndham, 2nd Earl of Egremont, a member of Parliament from 1734 to 1750, Secretary of State for the Southern Department from 1761 to 1763, and a good friend of Governor Wentworth. The town of Windham was originally a parish of Londonderry. Windham was the second town designated by Governor Benning Wentworth following the establishment of the New Hampshire-Massachusetts border. Windham was the birthplace of Samuel Dinsmoor, Governor of New Hampshire from 1831 to 1834. The first census ever taken in Windham totaled at 663 residents in the year 1790.
Historic landmarks in Windham include the Searles School, Searles Castle, the town center, and the Armstrong Memorial Building. Searles Castle is one of Windham’s most prominent landmarks. Edward F. Searles, an interior decorator and antique collector, built the castle. The architect, Henry Vaughn, modeled the castle’s architecture after the style of the Stanton Harcourt Manor in Oxfordshire, England. The building was completed in 1915 at a cost of over $1,250,000. The castle contains over 20 rooms and is available to the public to be rented out for functions and events. In July 1909, Mr. Searles erected a commemorative plaque honoring governor Samuel Dinsmoor "a few rods" from his birthplace on Jenny's Hill, which stands today as a designated historic landmark.
Windham is situated in Rockingham County in southeastern New Hampshire, approximately 3 miles (5 km) north of the Massachusetts border. It is accessible from Exit 3 of Interstate 93. Windham is considered a bedroom community because of its growing population (over 10,000), only about 160 commercial land parcels, and lack of public transportation. The nearest airport to Windham is Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, about 20 miles (32 km) to the north. Boston, Massachusetts, is 37 miles (60 km) to the south along Interstate 93. The landscape of Windham consists of suburban subdivisions, rural open spaces and large areas of undeveloped land.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 27.9 square miles (72 km2), of which 26.8 sq mi (69 km2) is land and 1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2) is water, comprising 3.80% of the town. The highest point is Jenny's Hill, at 505 feet (154 m) above sea level.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 13,592 people, 4,724 households, and 3,773 families residing in the town. The population density was 507.2 people per square mile of land (195.9/km²). There were 5,164 housing units at an average density of 192.7 per square mile (74.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.2% White, 0.4% African American, 0.2% Native American, 2.9% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.2% some other race, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.
There were 4,724 households, out of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.6% were headed by a married couple living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.1% were non-families. 15.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.2% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87, and the average family size was 3.25.
In the town, the population was spread out with 27.9% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 22.1% from 25 to 44, 33.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.8 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.0 males.
For the period 2006-2010, the median income for a household in the town was $112,386 (in 2010 dollars) and the median income for a family was $121,452. Male full-time year-round workers had a median income of $93,588 versus $55,445 for females. The per capita income for the town was $46,071. About 0% of families and 0.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.
The nearest airport is Manchester–Boston Regional Airport along the border of Londonderry and Manchester. The nearest rail service is the Lowell Line of the MBTA Commuter Rail which can be accessed at the Charles A. Gallagher Transit Terminal in Lowell, Massachusetts. The nearest Amtrak stations are Boston's North Station or South Station.
The Windham School District currently serves over 2,800 students at the four public schools. Kindergarten through second grade students and some third grade students attend Golden Brook School. Other third grade students and fourth through fifth grade students attend Windham Center School. Windham Middle School, home of the Wildcats, is occupied by sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. Windham High School, home to the Jaguars, consists of grades nine through twelve, and opened in the fall of 2009. The class of 2012 was the first graduating class at Windham High School. Prior to opening its own high school, students from Windham went to the high school in neighboring Salem, beginning in 1995. The class of 2011 was the last Windham/Salem graduating class from Salem High School. Earlier, in the 1990s and late 1980s, students attended Pinkerton Academy in Derry.
Windham is part of the School Administrative Unit 28, consisting of the school districts of Windham and the neighboring town, Pelham. Beginning July 1, 2013, Windham and Pelham will split, with each town having its own school administrative unit. The Windham School District will become New Hampshire SAU #95.
Windham High School's biology teacher, Bethany Bernasconi, was voted New Hampshire's teacher of the year for 2012.
Windham includes a variety of local attractions such as municipal parks, golf courses, tennis courts, bowling facilities, youth recreation programs, fishing, hunting, boating, snowmobile transits, bike trails, and waterfront access. The Windham Country Club golf course is an 18-hole premier course voted four stars by Golf Digest. Men's leagues, women's leagues, and youth leagues are offered at the course. Griffin Park, built in 2005, offers three baseball fields, a soccer field, tennis and basketball courts, and a playground. Windham's town beach is located on Cobbetts Pond. Lifeguards are on duty from mid-June to Labor Day. Swimming lessons are available every summer. An open boat launch is available to Windham residents next to the town beach. The Windham Rail Trail, which extends from Windham into Derry, is 4.1 miles (6.6 km) of level, paved trail for walking/biking. [A] Windham’s Recreation Athletic youth programs include football and cheerleading, baseball, tennis, lacrosse, basketball, and soccer.
The Nesmith Library is Windham's public library. Each June Friends of the Library of Windham (FLOW) host Windham’s annual Strawberry Festival. The festival hosts local food businesses around Windham such as The Gourmet Grill, Glenn’s Kreme and Cone, and The Village Bean. Residents of Windham take part in the annual three to five-mile walk known as the Turkey Trot. It takes place every year on Thanksgiving morning through the neighborhoods of Windham and raises money for the local Shepherd's Food Pantry. The Strawberry Festival was moved to Windham High School in 2009 due to the overcrowding at the library in previous years.
The Windham Fire Department is a full-time, 24-hour department. In addition to providing emergency services, the department also works closely with community organizations on fire prevention units in the school district, and CPR and first aid classes. The Windham Police Department is a full-time department staffed by seventeen personnel, including the chief, captain, four sergeants, two detectives, and eight patrol officers. Internal assignments include a Traffic and Community Resource Officer. Resource officers are placed at the Middle School and High School. The department also has on staff a full-time prosecutor, a part-time records clerk and full-time department secretary. Both the fire and police department are located in the center of Windham across from the Windham Town Hall. The nearest hospital is Parkland Medical Center, 5 miles (8.0 km) away in Derry.
Rev. Carroll Cutler (January 31, 1829 - January 25, 1894) was the fourth president of Western Reserve College, now Case Western Reserve University.
Cutler was born January 31, 1829, in Windham, New Hampshire. He attended high school at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, from 1847 to 1850. Cutler graduated from Yale College in 1854. While at Yale, Cutler became a member of the elite secret society of Skull and Bones in 1854. He graduated from Yale Divinity School in 1858. On August 10, 1858, he married Frances Elizabeth Gallagher. That same year, he with his wife left for Germany to study philosophy for a year, interacting with such philosophers as August Tholuck, Hermann Hupfeld, and Hermann Ulrici.
Cutler came to Western Reserve College in 1860 as a professor of philosophy and rhetoric, teaching for 29 years until 1889. After the resignation of President Henry L. Hitchcock, Cutler served as president of Western Reserve College from 1871-1886.
In 1882, Cutler moved Western Reserve College from Hudson, Ohio, to its current location in the University Circle neighborhood on the east side of Cleveland, under the new name, Adelbert College of Western Reserve University. Mandated in the gift by Amasa Stone, new trustees were appointed after the move, including John Hay, Rutherford B. Hayes, and James A. Garfield.Cutler resigned from the presidency in 1886 under pressure and disagreement of ending coeducation. Revisiting his abolitionist beliefs, he spent his remaining years teaching at small all-black colleges in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Talladega, Alabama. He died in Talladega from pneumonia on January 25, 1894, and his body was returned to Hudson, Ohio, for burial.Edward Francis Searles
Edward Francis Searles (July 4, 1841 – August 6, 1920) was an interior and architectural designer.Edward J. Normand
Edward J. Normand is a prominent lawyer known for representing Lloyd's of London in the dispute over the extent that its insurance covered the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. He grew up in Windham, New Hampshire and attended the Pinkerton Academy in Derry. In 1992, Normand graduated from the College of William and Mary magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He then clerked for Marjorie O. Rendell on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Joseph M. McLaughlin on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In 1995, he received a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. He served as assistant to the Special Master to the United States Supreme Court for the controversy regarding the state sovereignty of Ellis Island. He is currently a partner at the law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner.He demonstrated a passion for the law at an early age, winning the Boston Globe’s Constitution Essay Contest while a senior in high school.Holly Karrol Clark
Holly Karrol Clark (born January 19, 1979) is an American actress, model, writer and television producer from Windham, New Hampshire (USA).
After attending Emerson College in Boston, she transferred to USC in 1996 and began her career in television and commercials with her debut on The Jenny McCarthy Show.
She continued her acting training with such well-known coaches as Diane Salinger, Rick Walters and Candace Silvers.Jason Bedrick
Jason Bedrick (born June 5, 1983) is a former member of the New Hampshire state legislature. He was a Republican representing Windham, New Hampshire. He is currently the Director of Policy at EdChoice and an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute's Center for Educational Freedom, where he was previously a policy analyst. Bedrick holds a Master's in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.Bedrick is the first Orthodox Jew to hold elective office in New Hampshire, which has fewer than ten Orthodox Jewish families among its 1% Jewish population.Jillian Wheeler
Jillian (Je) Wheeler (born May 25, 1991 in Barrington, New Hampshire), also known as "Je Wheeler", is an American singer-songwriter and actress currently residing in Berlin, Germany. She is most notable for portraying Sara Markum in the 2003 film, Mystic River. She graduated from Northeastern University in 2012 and worked as a Video Consultant for Smart Destinations. She currently works as a freelance international photographer, videographer, and travel writer and continues to write and perform music.John Nesmith
John Nesmith (August 3, 1793 in Windham, New Hampshire – October 15, 1869) was an American politician who served as the 25th Lieutenant Governor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1862.
Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Middlesex County, Mass., Vol 3 writes:
Till his twenty-ninth year he was intimately connected with the history of his native town and mingled actively in its affairs. He was prominent in politics early in life; was town treasurer in 1819 and 1820 and representative to the general court in 1821. In 1822 he removed to Derry, formerly a part of the town of Londonderry. He commenced life a comparatively poor boy and had only the education of the common schools of his day. At the age of fourteen he became clerk in the general store formerly conducted by his father and served an apprenticeship of five years. When he was nineteen years old he and his elder brother Thomas started in business on their own account in a general store at Windham. They prospered and as soon as their cash capital and enlarged credit would warrant the adventure they removed to New York City and built up a large and highly profitable trade. In 1831, foreseeing the future importance of Lowell, Massachusetts, as a manufacturing centre, the brothers settled in that city. Lowell is not far from their native town; doubtless their love for the old New Hampshire hills influenced their selection of a location as well as their personal knowledge of the town and its vast possibilities as a manufacturing place. They invested largely in real estate and identified themselves with every movement and measure calculated to develop the town or increase its prosperity. They were leaders in enterprise and progress, shrewd and farsighted men of affairs. John Nesmith became interested in the manufacture of blankets, flannels, printing cloths, sheetings and other textile fabrics and that became eventually his principal vocation. He became agent or part owner in mills in Lowell, Dracut, Chelmsford, Hooksct and other places, and managed those enterprises with almost unvarying and uninterrupted success. He was also a large stockholder in the Merrimack Woolen Mills Company. Appreciating more than any other man the natural advantages of the water powers which have made Lowell what she is, he bethought himself of securing the supply of water in Winnepesaukee and Squam lakes in New Hampshire as reservoirs for the Lowell Mills in dry seasons and letting the water into the Merrimac River when needed by artificial canals. This brilliant conception was at first scouted by the manufacturers along the river, but Mr. Nesmith, satisfied that they would eventually require the water, bought the right to use both these lakes for the purpose and before long the manufacturers had to buy of him at a handsome profit.
Mr. Nesmith was the first to discern the natural fitness of the site now occupied by the flourishing city of Lawrence on the Merrimac River for a manufacturing point, and made large purchases of land on both sides of the river, securing also the necessary charter to control the water power. About 1844 his bold scheme attracted the attention it deserved from Boston capitalists, and factories began to rise at Lawrence as if by magic, and that prosperous city has amply vindicated the wisdom of its real founder, John Nesmith. He bought the Gedney estate at Belvidere. Lowell, with its large mansion house, the Old Yellow House, as it was called, erected in 1750. He laid out several streets, giving his name to one of them. His purchase being made soon after the formation of the Merrimack Manufacturing Company, he sold the property to good advantage. While carrying on these varied and arduous undertakings Mr. Nesmith still found time to devote to mechanical study and experiment. Several of his discoveries and inventions were of great importance and value—among others the well-known machines for making wire fence and shawl fringe.
Though naturally averse to mingling in politics, and never stooping to the acts by which popularity is often won, he was elected to various offices in the city government of Lowell, where his sound practical sense and extraordinary business capacity were acknowledged and appreciated by his townsmen of both parties. Like most anti-slavery men he joined the Republican party when it was formed, and he was a presidential elector from his state in the college that choose Abraham Lincoln president both in 1861 and 1865. He contributed freely of his means to assist the anti-slavery movement. He was elected lieutenant-governor of Massachusetts on the ticket with Governor John A. Andrew in 1862 and declined a re-election the following year. He was afterward appointed United States collector of internal revenue for his district, an office in which a zealous and active man could give tangible support to the government in its hour of greatest need by discovering the taxable property and preventing adroit evasions. He filled the position ably and creditably until his resignation only twelve days before he died.
Mr. Nesmith's attachment to the principles of his party was that of the moralist rather than that of the partisan, and he never lost the respect and confidence of either friends or opponents in political affairs. The temperance movement in Massachusetts early engaged his hearty support and liberal contributions, and he was for some years president of the State Alliance. From the large fortune acquired by his tact and industry, he made generous donations to many objects of charity and benevolence which won his sympathy, and was invariably kind and hospitable to his
friends and neighbors. In his home he was especially affectionate and charming. He made in his will handsome provision for the care, support and education of the indigent blind of New Hampshire, a foundation known as the Nesmith Fund; and also provided a public park in the town of Franklin, New Hampshire
.Mary Bradish Titcomb
Mary Bradish Titcomb (1858 – 1927) was an American painter, mainly of portraits and landscapes. She is often grouped with the American Impressionists.Norman A. Phillips
Norman A. Phillips (July 9, 1923 – March 15, 2019) was an American meteorologist notable for his contributions to geophysical fluid dynamics. In 1956, he developed a mathematical model that could realistically depict monthly and seasonal patterns in the troposphere, which became the first successful general circulation model of climate.Phillips was born in Chicago, Illinois. His parents, Alton Elmer Anton Phillips and Linnea (Larson) Phillips, were the children of Swedish immigrants to the United States. He enrolled at the University of Chicago in 1940, intending to study chemistry, but the start of World War II and the influence of Carl-Gustaf Rossby inspired him to join the Army Air Corps in 1943.After graduating from the meteorological cadet program at Chanute Field as fourth in a class of 391, he served in the Azores and then at Westover Field until October 1946. He returned to the University of Chicago after the war, earning his bachelor's degree in 1947, his master's in 1948, and his PhD in 1951.Shortly before completing his PhD, Phillips accepted a position on the research staff of the Electronic Computer Project at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. In 1956, he was recruited by the Department of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, eventually becoming department head.In 1974, Phillips left MIT to join the National Weather Service at the National Meteorological Center, where he served as the principal scientist of the NMC Development Division. When he retired, the Nested Grid Model was popularly known as "Norm's Great Model."Phillips died at Grace House in Windham, New Hampshire on March 15, 2019. He published his last academic paper, on the Foucault pendulum, at the age of 90.Rockford IceHogs
The Rockford IceHogs are a professional ice hockey team based in Rockford, Illinois. They are members of the American Hockey League (AHL), having begun play in the League starting in the 2007–08 season. The team plays their home games at the BMO Harris Bank Center, and they serve as the top minor league affiliate of the National Hockey League (NHL)'s Chicago Blackhawks.Rubin Williams
Rubin Williams (born April 9, 1976 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American boxer.Samuel Dinsmoor
Samuel Dinsmoor (July 1, 1766 – March 15, 1835) was an American teacher, lawyer, banker and politician from New Hampshire. He served as the fourteenth Governor of New Hampshire and as a member of the United States House of Representatives.Searles Castle
Searles Castle can refer to two buildings in the United States, named after designer Edward Francis Searles:
Searles Castle (Massachusetts), completed in 1888, Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Searles Castle (New Hampshire), completed in 1915, Windham, New HampshireSearles Castle (New Hampshire)
The Searles Castle is located in Windham, New Hampshire, in the United States. Edward Francis Searles commissioned its design and construction. Construction began in 1905 and was completed in 1915. It was intended to be a 1/4-scale replica of the medieval Tudor manor of Stanton Harcourt in Oxfordshire, England, but since most of the manor had been torn down in the 18th century, the castle bears little resemblance to the historical structure. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 11, 1982 as the Searles School and Chapel.Silas Dinsmoor
Silas Dinsmoor (September 26, 1766 – June 17, 1847) was an appointed U. S. Agent to the Cherokee (1794–1798) and to the Choctaw (1801–1813). He later served as a surveyor in Alabama before eventually retiring to Boone County, Kentucky, where he is buried at the Dinsmore Homestead.WXPO-TV
WXPO-TV, UHF analog channel 50, was an independent television station serving Boston, Massachusetts, United States that was licensed to Manchester, New Hampshire. Owned by Merrimack Valley Communications, the station existed from October 1969 to June 1970.William Bell Dinsmoor
William Bell Dinsmoor Sr. (July 29, 1886 – July 2, 1973) was an American architectural historian of classical Greece and a Columbia University professor of art and archaeology.Windham High School (New Hampshire)
Windham High School is a public high school in the town of Windham, New Hampshire, established in 2009. The first graduating class was in 2012. When it first opened, it started out with only freshmen and sophomore classes. The following two years introduced junior and senior classes. The high school graduated its fourth senior class on June 12, 2015; the Class of 2016 was the largest group of graduates to date, with 194 students receiving their diplomas. Windham High School has a teaching staff of approximately 70, although that number is expected to grow as the student population increases over the next four to five years. The current principal is Stephen Sierpina (2019- ). The school is located atop "Mt. Jaguar" at 64 London Bridge Road in Windham, along a connector road specifically built to link the campus to nearby New Hampshire Route 111.
Windham HS provides MacBook Air laptop computers to all its students while they are attending the school. It has a wide variety of electives to choose from, and is known for the high standards that are required to be successful academically. 95%+ percent of its graduates go on to two or four-year colleges, often able to start ahead of their collegiate peers as the school has an extensive Advanced Placement program. WHS offers 14 AP courses, with the senior:exam ratio is over 1.5:1. Windham H.S.'s passing rate and average AP scores are significantly higher than the state, national and global averages. On August 18, 2012, President Barack Obama spoke at the school during the 2012 United States presidential election.The Windham High School newspaper is the JagRoar, started in 2012.
The school has excelled in New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association athletic competitions, having won 23 state championships in ten different sports:
Field Hockey (2013, 2016)
Golf (2013, 2016)
Girls' Lacrosse (2012, 2013, 2015)
Boys' Soccer (2012, 2013)
Spirit (F 2015, W2016, F2016, W2017)
Girls' Volleyball (2014, 2016)
Wrestling (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)Windham School District (New Hampshire)
Windham School District (SAU 95) is a public school district located in Windham, New Hampshire, U.S.. The district contains two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.
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