National Register Listings in
Grafton County, New Hampshire

Ashland Gristmill and Dam Ashland Junior High School Ashland Railroad Station Ashland Town Hall Bath Covered Bridge Bedell Covered Bridge Brick Store Bristol Town Hall Burt-Cheney Farm Camp Mowglis Camp Ossipee Canaaan Meetinghouse Canaan Street Historic District Carr, Daniel, House Central Square Historic District Centre Village Meeting House Chapel of the Holy Cross Chocorua Island Chapel Colburn Park Historic District Dorchester Common Historic District Dorchester Community Church Dow Academy Enfield Center Town House Enfield Shaker Historic District Enfield Village Historic District Felsengarten First Free Will Baptist Church and Vestry Frost Place Goodall-Woods Law Office Great Hollow Road Stone Arch Bridge Greenleaf, Abbie, Library Hanover Town Library Haverhill Corner Historic District Haverhill-Bath Covered Bridge Hebron Village Historic District Hewitt House Holderness Free Library Holderness Inn Hutchins, Jeremiah, Tavern Lane, Edward H., House Lisbon Inn Littleton Town Building Lovett's by Lafayette Brook Lyme Center Historic District Lyme Common Historic District Lyme-East Thetford Bridge Minot-Sleeper Library North Holderness Freewill Baptist Church-Holderness Historical Society Building Old Grafton County Courthouse Orford Street Historic District Owls Head Piermont Bridge Plymouth Historic District Rocks Estate Rockywold-Deephaven Camps Samuel Morey Memorial Bridge, The Sawyer-Medlicott House Shepard Hill Historic District Spring Hill Farm St. Mark's Episcopal Church Stone Arch Underpass Swiftwater Covered Bridge Thayer's Hotel The Epic of American Civilization Murals, Baker Library, Dartmouth College Trinity Church True Farm US Post Office and Courthouse-Littleton Main Webster Estate Whipple House Woodsville Opera Building
The first American to receive a patent was New Hampshire resident Samuel Hopkins, who patented a new method of making potash in 1790.
Grafton County, located in the state of New Hampshire, has a rich history that dates back to colonial times. It was originally settled by European immigrants in the mid-18th century, with the first townships established in the 1760s. The area was primarily occupied by indigenous Abenaki people, who had traditionally used the lands for hunting and fishing.

During the American Revolution, Grafton County played a significant role in the fight for independence. Many local residents enlisted in the Continental Army and fought in pivotal battles such as Bunker Hill and Saratoga. Although the county itself was not directly involved in any major battles, it provided crucial resources and support, including supplying troops with food and clothing.

In the early 19th century, Grafton County experienced rapid industrialization, driven by the rise of the textile and manufacturing industries. Water-powered mills were established along the region's rivers, leading to the growth of mill towns such as Lebanon and Littleton. These towns became centers of commerce and provided employment opportunities for many local residents.

Since then, Grafton County has experienced steady population growth and development. It has become known for its scenic beauty, with the White Mountains National Forest covering a large portion of the county. The area continues to attract tourists and outdoor enthusiasts, offering opportunities for hiking, skiing, and other recreational activities. Grafton County's rich history and natural attractions make it a vibrant and diverse part of New Hampshire.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Grafton County, New Hampshire.

  • 1769 - Grafton County is established by the New Hampshire Provincial Assembly.
  • 1770 - Townships within Grafton County are granted to settlers by the Masonian Proprietors.
  • 1772 - Plymouth becomes the first incorporated town in Grafton County.
  • 1773 - Dartmouth College is founded in Hanover.
  • 1799 - The town of Haverhill is split into two separate towns, resulting in Woodsville.
  • 1823 - The town of Bath is incorporated.
  • 1827 - The town of Lisbon is incorporated.
  • 1840 - The town of Lincoln is incorporated.
  • 1865 - The town of Littleton is incorporated.
  • 1895 - The town of Lebanon is incorporated.
  • 1939 - The Old Man of the Mountain, a famous rock formation, collapses in Franconia Notch.