Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

Wolfeboro is a town in Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 6,269 at the 2010 census.[1] A resort area situated beside Lake Winnipesaukee, Wolfeboro includes the village of Wolfeboro Falls.

Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
Skyline of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
"The Oldest Summer Resort in America"
Location in Carroll County, New Hampshire
Coordinates: 43°35′03″N 71°12′46″W / 43.58417°N 71.21278°WCoordinates: 43°35′03″N 71°12′46″W / 43.58417°N 71.21278°W
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
Named forJames Wolfe
East Wolfeboro
North Wolfeboro
South Wolfeboro
Wolfeboro Center
Wolfeboro Falls
 • Board of SelectmenLinda T. Murray, Chair
David A. Senecal
Brad Harriman
Q. David Bowers
Paul O'Brien
 • Town ManagerBecky J. Merrow
 • Total58.5 sq mi (151.4 km2)
 • Land47.9 sq mi (124.0 km2)
 • Water10.6 sq mi (27.4 km2)  18.09%
512 ft (156 m)
 • Total6,269
 • Density110/sq mi (41/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code(s)603
FIPS code33-86420
GNIS feature ID0873760


Bird's-eye View, Wolfeboro, NH
Bird's-eye view in 1909

The town was granted by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth in 1759 to four young men of Portsmouth, and named "Wolfeborough" in honor of English General James Wolfe, who had been victorious at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759 during the French and Indian War. In 1763, 2,300 acres (930 ha) were added to the 60 acres (24 ha) reserved for the governor. Colonial Governor John Wentworth, his nephew, established an estate on the site, known as Kingswood. Built in 1771 beside what is now called Lake Wentworth, this was the first summer country estate in northern New England. Settled in 1768, the town was incorporated in 1770.

Over the years Wolfeboro, whose town motto is "The Oldest Summer Resort in America", became a popular summer colony, particularly for families from Boston and southern New Hampshire. Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco, Kurt Vonnegut, Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon have spent time in Wolfeboro.[2] In August 2007, then French president Nicolas Sarkozy vacationed there.[3]

In May 2014, it was discovered that 82-year-old police commissioner Robert Copeland had been overheard in a cafe two months earlier using a racial epithet to refer to President Barack Obama.[4] Copeland acknowledged in an email to his colleagues that he did in fact use the word, saying "for this, I do not apologize — he meets and exceeds my criteria for such." At a subsequent meeting with residents, Copeland refused calls for his resignation.[5] A few days later, he submitted his resignation.[4]

Wolfeboro Bay from Wolfeboro, NH

Wolfeboro Bay c. 1906

Hobbs Landing, Wolfeboro, NH

Hobbs Landing c. 1910

South Main Street, Wolfeboro, NH

South Main Street c. 1915

Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro, NH

Huggins Hospital in 1916

Pleasant Valley Hill Camp

Road to Pleasant Valley and the Hill Camp c. 1925


Main Street, Wolfeboro, NH
View of Main Street in the fall

The main village of Wolfeboro is located at the head of Wolfeboro Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee, at the junction of New Hampshire routes 28 and 109. Wolfeboro Falls is just 1 mile (2 km) to the north along Routes 28/109.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 58.5 square miles (152 km2), of which 47.9 square miles (124 km2) is land and 10.6 square miles (27 km2) is water, comprising 18.09% of the town.[6] Wolfeboro is drained by the Smith River, which is the outlet of Lake Wentworth and an inlet of Lake Winnipesaukee. The highest point in town is Moody Mountain, elevation 1,420 feet (430 m) above sea level, located near the northern boundary.

The town is home to Wentworth State Park, a 50-acre (0.20 km2) state park on the shore of Lake Wentworth.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20176,285[7]0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
Hotel Elmwood, Wolfeboro, NH
Hotel Elmwood c. 1915

As of the 2010 census, there were 6,269 people, 2,839 households, and 1,848 families residing in the town. There were 4,443 housing units, of which 1,604 (36.1%) were vacant. 1,322 of the vacant units were vacation properties or seasonal homes. The racial makeup of the town was 97.6% White, 0.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.2% some other race, and 1.0% from two or more races. 1.3% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[9]

Of the 2,839 households in the town, 22.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were headed by married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.9% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.6% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18, and the average family size was 2.68.[9]

The Kingswood Club, Wolfeboro, NH
The Kingswood Club c. 1910

In the town, 17.9% of the population were under the age of 18, 4.8% were from 18 to 24, 15.8% were from 25 to 44, 33.5% were from 45 to 64, and 28.0% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 52.1 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.[9]

For the period 2011-15, the estimated median annual income for a household in the town was $58,204, and the median income for a family was $68,409. Male full-time workers had a median income of $51,466 versus $41,288 for females. The per capita income for the town was $35,307. 7.4% of the population and 4.2% of families were below the poverty line. 10.4% of residents under the age of 18 were living in poverty, compare to 0.7% of those aged 65 or older.[10]

Notable people


Wolfeboro is served by Kingswood Regional High School, located on Main Street southeast of the center of town. Adjoining the high school is Kingswood Regional Middle School. The two elementary schools located in the community are Carpenter and Crescent Lake. All of the aforementioned schools are part of the Governor Wentworth Regional School District, which includes five additional towns.[13] The town is also home to Brewster Academy, a private preparatory school.[14]

The Wolfeboro Camp School, which converted the Hill School Camp, enrolls 200 students domestic and international.[15]

Health care

Wolfeboro's largest health care facility is Huggins Hospital, a non-profit hospital that serves the communities of Alton, Brookfield, Effingham, Freedom, Madison, Moultonborough, New Durham, Ossipee, Sanbornville, Sandwich, Tamworth, Tuftonboro, Wakefield, Wolfeboro, and other surrounding towns.[16] Huggins is a Critical Access Hospital (CAH). CAHs are hospitals with no more than 25 inpatient beds; Huggins has 25.[17] Huggins has a relationship with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Air Transport Service (DHART) that can provide trauma victims access to helicopter in as little as 20 minutes, so they can be transported to the Dartmouth–Hitchcock Medical Center.[18]

Sites of interest

Clark House, Wolfeboro, NH
Clark House c. 1920


  1. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Wolfeboro town, Carroll County, New Hampshire". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved August 25, 2017.
  2. ^ "N.H. lake resort draws glitterati". Durham Herald-Sun. August 12, 2007.
  3. ^ "For town, business as usual", Sarah Liebowitz, Concord Monitor, August 7, 2007
  4. ^ a b Mulkern, Larissa (May 19, 2014). "Wolfeboro police commissioner resigns over use of N-word to refer to Obama". Union Leader. Retrieved 2014-05-19. Copeland, 82, came under fire after a resident overheard him call President Obama a 'f*****g nigger' at a restaurant in March, then brought the incident to the attention of town and police officials.
  5. ^ Associated Press. "Residents of Wolfeboro, N.H., urge police official to quit for calling Obama the N-word", MassLive.com, May 16, 2014. Retrieved on May 16, 2014.
  6. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001) - Wolfeboro town, New Hampshire". U.S. Census Bureau American Factfinder. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2017 (PEPANNRES): Minor Civil Divisions – New Hampshire". Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  9. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (DP-1): Wolfeboro town, Carroll County, New Hampshire". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved August 25, 2017.
  10. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics: 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates (DP03): Wolfeboro town, Carroll County, New Hampshire". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved August 25, 2017.
  11. ^ "Romney re-joins Marriott's corporate board". CNN Political Ticker - Blogs. CNN.com. 2014-05-15. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
  12. ^ "Wolfeboro or Cleveland? Not a tough call for Romney - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  13. ^ http://www.govwentworth.k12.nh.us/
  14. ^ "Brewster Academy: The Way Education Should Be".
  15. ^ "Wolfeboro". Arcadia Publishing. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017 – via Google Books.
  16. ^ "Our History". Huggins Hospital. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  17. ^ "See where the critical access hospitals are located". Healthcare Finance. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  18. ^ "Emergency Services". Huggins Hospital. Retrieved 28 October 2016.

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Beech River (New Hampshire)

The Beech River is a 13.1-mile-long (21.1 km) river located in eastern New Hampshire in the United States. It is a tributary of the Pine River, part of the Ossipee Lake / Saco River watershed leading to the Atlantic Ocean.

The Beech River begins at the outlet of Upper Beech Pond in the northern part of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. The river flows north for one mile and enters Lower Beech Pond in the town of Tuftonboro. Resuming its course, it heads generally northeast into Ossipee, passing through Garland Pond and reaching the Pine River near the village of Center Ossipee.

Brewster Academy

Brewster Academy is a co-educational independent boarding school located on 80 acres (32 ha) in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, United States. It occupies 0.5 miles (800 m) of shoreline along Lake Winnipesaukee. With around 350 students, it serves grades nine through twelve and post-graduates. The 2018 full boarding tuition is $62,600. The current Head of School, since 2015, is Dr. Craig Gemmell.

Cotton Mountain Community Church

The Cotton Mountain Community Church, also known as the Wolfeborough, Brookfield and Wakefield Meetinghouse, is a historic church on Stoneham Road in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, near the town line with Brookfield. Built about 1852, it is a well-preserved example of a rural New England meeting house with vernacular Greek Revival style. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. Since 1957, when it stopped being used for services, it has been cared for by a local nonprofit group.

Dennis Moran (computer criminal)

Dennis Michael Moran (December 27, 1982 – April 14, 2013), also known by his alias Coolio, was an American computer hacker from Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, who was accused in February 2000 of a series of denial-of-service attacks that shut down some of the most popular websites on the Internet. He was 17 years old when he committed the attacks. He was later arrested and pleaded guilty to defacing the websites of DARE and RSA Security, as well as unauthorized access of the U.S. Army and Air Force computer systems at four military bases.

E. C. Banfield

E. C. Banfield (September 19, 1828 – November 12, 1887) was a New Hampshire lawyer who served as Solicitor of the United States Treasury.

Eloise Hubbard Linscott

Eloise Hubbard Linscott (1897-1978) was a 20th-century American folklorist, song collector, and preservationist. She is the author of Folk Songs of Old New England (1939), considered a valuable scholarly source for American folk songs. John Lee Brooks described Folk Songs of Old New England as an American equivalent of Bishop Percy's 1765 work Reliques of Ancient English Poetry.

Governor Wentworth Historic Site

Governor Wentworth Historic Site is a 96-acre (0.39 km2) protected area in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. The undeveloped property features a plaque and the stone remains of an extensive northern plantation built just before the outbreak of the American Revolution by New Hampshire's second Royal Governor, John Wentworth. The mansion burned to the ground in 1820.

Jeb Bradley

Joseph E. "Jeb" Bradley (born October 20, 1952) is an American politician and member of the Republican Party who currently serves in the New Hampshire Senate. He represents his hometown of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire and 16 other towns in east-central New Hampshire. He was formerly a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, serving as the U.S. Representative for New Hampshire's 1st congressional district from 2003 to 2007. He was Majority Leader of the New Hampshire Senate from 2010 to 2018.

Kate Buesser

Kate Buesser (born April 23, 1989 in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire) is an American women's ice hockey forward with the Connecticut Whale of the NWHL. At the NCAA level, she accumulated 92 points with the Harvard Crimson women's ice hockey program from 2008-12.

Kingswood Regional High School

Kingswood Regional High School is a public secondary school located in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. It serves the communities of Brookfield, Effingham, Ossipee, New Durham, Tuftonboro, Middleton and Wolfeboro. There are approximately 900 students currently enrolled in the school, which is part of the Governor Wentworth Regional School District.

Also on the premises is the Lakes Region Technology Center, which serves several surrounding schools including Prospect Mountain.

The athletic teams are known as the Kingswood Knights and are rivals with Kennett High School in Conway.

Lake Wentworth

Lake Wentworth is located in Carroll County in eastern New Hampshire, United States, in the town of Wolfeboro. At 3,097 acres (12.53 km2), it is the seventh-largest lake located entirely in New Hampshire. Water from Lake Wentworth flows through the short Smith River into Crescent Lake and then over the dam into Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro. The 50-acre Wentworth State Park offers public access to the lake.

The lake is classified as a warmwater fishery, with observed species including rainbow trout, smallmouth and largemouth bass, chain pickerel, horned pout, and white perch.

Mike Ryan (catcher)

Michael James Ryan (born November 25, 1941) is an American former professional baseball player, coach and minor league manager. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a catcher for the Boston Red Sox (1964–67), Philadelphia Phillies (1968–73) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1974). Born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, he threw and batted right-handed, stood 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) and 205 pounds (93 kg).

Robert Gillis

Robert J. Gillis (June 21, 1926 – April 19, 2009) was an American football coach born in Bellows Falls, Vermont. He studied at S. from Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan, the University of Michigan and Springfield College. Gillis was the head football coach at Adrian College. He held that position for three seasons, from 1956 until 1958. His coaching record at Adrian was 9–15. He was a resident of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

Ron Rogerson

Ronald A. Rogerson (June 27, 1943 – August 8, 1987) was an American football coach. He was the head coach of the Maine Black Bears football team from 1981 to 1984 and the Princeton Tigers football team from 1985 to 1986. He compiled a 26–36–1 overall record.

Rogerson played offensive tackle at Maine, where he won the Harold Westerman Award as outstanding football player in 1964, and graduated in 1966. He began his coaching career in 1967, serving as an assistant line coach at Colorado State University while also earning a master's degree in education. He moved on to Lebanon Valley College as coach of both the offensive and defensive lines. He was also intramural director at Lebanon Valley.

At the University of Delaware Rogerson spent 10 years as an assistant, coaching offensive and defensive lines as well as defensive backs. As Maine's head coach, he was named Yankee Conference Coach of the Year in 1982 after his team shared the league title.

Rogerson died August 8, 1987, of an apparent heart attack while jogging in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, where he was vacationing with his family. He was 44 and about to begin his third season as head coach at Princeton.

Union Church (South Wolfeboro, New Hampshire)

The Union Church is a historic church on South Main Street in South Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Built in 1845 for the use of several small religious congregations, it is a well-preserved example of mid-19th century vernacular Greek Revival architecture. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.


WASR (1420 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station broadcasting a Talk radio format, with an All-News morning show and Oldies music on weekends. WASR is licensed to Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, and serves the New Hampshire Lakes Region. The station is owned by Winnipesaukee Radio Station, LLC and uses programming from Westwood One and the Talk Radio Network with national news from CBS Radio News and Westwood One News. On March 23, 2015, the station added the Boston-based The Howie Carr Show. The station also carries Laura Ingraham, Clark Howard, Michael Savage and other nationally syndicated talk shows on weekdays. Overnight on weekdays, Fox Sports Radio is heard.

At one time, WASR was an adult standards station, carrying Citadel Media's Timeless service. The station switched to the current format on December 26, 2009, in advance of Citadel's closure of Timeless in early 2010.WASR is also heard on a 210 watt FM translator, 97.1 W246DI. Some listeners may prefer hearing the station on FM, especially at night when the AM must reduce power from 5000 watts to 137 watts and is more difficult to hear outside of Wolfeboro.


WLKZ is an American licensed radio station in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, serving the Lakes Region. The station is owned by Dirk Nadon, through licensee Lakes Media, LLC, and carries a classic rock format, under the "104.9 The Hawk" branding.

Wentworth State Park

Wentworth State Park is a 50-acre (0.20 km2) state park in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, on the shore of Lake Wentworth.Activities include swimming, picnicking, non-motorized boating and fishing. Amenities include picnic tables, grills, flush toilets and a group use area.

Wolfeboro Falls, New Hampshire

Wolfeboro Falls is an unincorporated community in the town of Wolfeboro in Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States. It is located 0.5 miles (0.8 km) north of the center of Wolfeboro, on the strip of land separating Front Bay (connecting to Lake Winnipesaukee) from Crescent Lake (connecting to Lake Wentworth). The stream connecting the two lakes, known as the "Smith River", drops 28 feet (8.5 m) over its 0.3-mile (0.5 km) course.

New Hampshire Route 28 passes through the village, leading to Ossipee to the north and Alton to the south. New Hampshire Route 109A leaves Route 28 at the center of the village, heading northwest towards Center Tuftonboro and Melvin Village.

Wolfeboro Falls has a ZIP code of 03896, different from the rest of the town of Wolfeboro.

Places adjacent to Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
Municipalities and communities of Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States
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