Woodstock, New Hampshire

Woodstock is a town in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,374 at the 2010 census.[1] Woodstock includes the village of North Woodstock, the commercial center. Its extensive land area is largely forested, and includes the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. Parts of the White Mountain National Forest are in the east and west. The Appalachian Trail crosses the town's northwest corner. Russell Pond Campground is in the east. West of North Woodstock is the Lost River Reservation.

Woodstock, New Hampshire
Skyline of Woodstock, New Hampshire
Location in Grafton County, New Hampshire
Coordinates: 43°58′40″N 71°41′09″W / 43.97778°N 71.68583°WCoordinates: 43°58′40″N 71°41′09″W / 43.97778°N 71.68583°W
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
North Woodstock
 • Board of SelectmenR. Gil Rand, Chair
Joel Bourassa
James Fadden Jr.
 • Total59.2 sq mi (153.4 km2)
 • Land58.7 sq mi (152.1 km2)
 • Water0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)  0.84%
741 ft (226 m)
 • Total1,374
 • Density23/sq mi (9.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP codes
03262 (North Woodstock)
03293 (Woodstock)
Area code(s)603
FIPS code33-87060
GNIS feature ID0873761


First granted in 1763, Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth named the town Peeling after an English town. Many of the first colonists were originally from Lebanon, Connecticut. In 1771, his nephew, Governor John Wentworth, gave it the name Fairfield, after Fairfield, Connecticut. The town was renamed Woodstock in 1840 for Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, England.[2]

Logging became a principal early industry, with sawmills established using water power from the Pemigewasset River. The entrance of the railroad in the 19th century opened the wilderness to development, carrying away wood products to market. It also brought tourists, many attracted by paintings of the White Mountains by White Mountain artists. Several inns and hotels were built to accommodate the wealthy, who sought relief from the summer heat, humidity and pollution of coal-age Boston, Hartford, New York and Philadelphia. They often relaxed by taking carriage rides through the White Mountains, or by hiking along the Lost River in Lost River Reservation. But with the advent of automobiles, patrons were no longer restricted by the limits of rail service. Consequently, many grand hotels established near depots declined and closed. Woodstock, however, remains a popular tourist destination.

The Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, an outdoor laboratory for ecological studies founded by the United States Forest Service in 1955, is located in the southern part of town.

Street Scene, North Woodstock, NH

Street scene c. 1910

Lost River from Prospect Point

Lost River c. 1908

Deer Park Hotel & Depot, North Woodstock, NH

Deer Park Hotel c. 1908

Main Street, North Woodstock, NH

Main Street in 1916


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 59.2 square miles (153 km2), of which 58.7 sq mi (152 km2) is land and 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2) is water, comprising 0.84% of the town. Woodstock is drained by the Pemigewasset River. The town's highest point is the summit of Mount Jim, at 4,172 feet (1,272 m) above sea level, a spur of Mount Moosilauke.

Woodstock is crossed by Interstate 93, U.S. Route 3, New Hampshire Route 112 and New Hampshire Route 175.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20171,363[3]−0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
Fairview House, North Woodstock, NH
The Fairview House c. 1914
Woodstock Lumber Company's Mill, Woodstock, NH
Woodstock Lumber Co. c. 1915

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,374 people, 624 households, and 353 families residing in the town. There were 1,421 housing units, of which 797, or 56.1%, were vacant. 701 of the vacant units were for seasonal or recreational use. The racial makeup of the town was 96.9% White, 0.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 0.1% some other race, and 1.8% from two or more races. 0.3% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[5]

Of the 624 households, 25.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were headed by married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.4% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.2% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20, and the average family size was 2.77.[5]

In the town, 19.2% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.9% were from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 32.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.2 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.5 males.[5]

For the period 2011-2015, the estimated median annual income for a household was $49,063, and the median income for a family was $62,500. Male full-time workers had a median income of $33,750 versus $44,034 for females. The per capita income for the town was $30,671. 8.0% of the population and 2.4% of families were below the poverty line. 7.5% of the population under the age of 18 and 5.0% of those 65 or older were living in poverty.[6]


  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. 702–703.
  3. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2017 (PEPANNRES): Minor Civil Divisions – New Hampshire". Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (DP-1): Woodstock town, Grafton County, New Hampshire". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  6. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics: 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates (DP03): Woodstock town, Grafton County, New Hampshire". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved October 31, 2017.

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Lost River (New Hampshire)

The Lost River (shown on USGS maps as Moosilauke Brook for part of its course) is a 6.5-mile-long (10.5 km) stream located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in the United States. It is a tributary of the Pemigewasset River, part of the Merrimack River watershed.

The Lost River begins in Kinsman Notch, one of the major passes through the White Mountains. As it flows through the notch, it passes through Lost River Gorge, an area where enormous boulders falling off the flanking walls of the notch at the close of the last Ice Age have covered the river, creating a network of boulder caves. The gorge is owned by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and is operated as a tourist attraction, with trails and ladders accessing many of the caves.

The river flows southeast from Kinsman Notch, turning northeast when joined by Jackman Brook. At this point, the river becomes known as Moosilauke Brook on USGS maps, the name referring to Mount Moosilauke, the 4,810-foot (1,470 m) mountain which rises over the western wall of Kinsman Notch. The river flows through the granite gorge of Agassiz Basin and joins the Pemigewasset River in the village of North Woodstock.

New Hampshire Route 112 follows the Lost River/Moosilauke Brook for the stream's entire length.

Lost River Reservation

The Lost River Reservation (also known as the Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves) is a protected area with a series of caves along a gorge in the White Mountains in Woodstock, New Hampshire, United States. Located 5 miles (8 km) west of the village of North Woodstock on New Hampshire Route 112, Lost River Reservation is set in Kinsman Notch. One of the White Mountains' major passes, Kinsman Notch lies between Mount Moosilauke and Kinsman Ridge at just under 2,000 feet (600 m) above sea level.

North Woodstock, New Hampshire

North Woodstock is a census-designated place (CDP) and the primary village in the town of Woodstock in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. It had a population of 528 at the 2010 census.

Pemigewasset Valley Railroad

The Pemigewasset Valley Railroad was a railroad connecting Plymouth to North Woodstock, New Hampshire, United States. Funded by the Boston, Concord and Montreal Railroad, it was only independent for one month after construction before being permanently "leased" by the BC&M.


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