Historical Markers in
Merrimack County, New Hampshire

1790 Milestone 1866 Penacook Academy 1875 A Gift from Mary Baker G. Eddy Abenaki Indians Ancient Stone Mortar Air Force History in New Hampshire An Architectural Treasure Trove Andrew Jackson’s Visit Bear Brook CCC Camp Birthplace of Daniel Webster Birthplace of Gen. John A. Dix Birthplace of Hon. Moody Currier Birthplace of William Pitt Fessenden Bridges House Governor's Residence Canterbury Veterans of All Wars Center Meeting House, Newbury Chamberlin House Charles Augustus Doyen Concord Clock Concord Memorial Field Concord Police Station Concord's Architectural Heritage Concord's Civil War Mustering Camps Contoocook Railroad Bridge and Depot Daniel Webster Daniel Webster's First Law Office Davis Square Dedicated to Honor Dedicated to You, A Free Citizen in a Free Land Eastman Elms Farm End Of The First N. H. Turnpike First Meeting House First Session of the Legislature at Concord Fletcher-Murphy Park Franklin Pierce Franklin Pierce George Hamilton Perkins George M. Lamiette Square Gerrish Depot Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Guyette Pool Hannah Dustin Henry Parkinson, A. M. Heroum Gesta Hopkinton and Contoocook Veterans Monument Hopkinton World War I Monument Hotels and Camps In Grateful Tribute In Honor of Penacook Veterans In Honor of Those In Memory of the Six Million Jews Indian Mortar Lot Isaac A. Hill Isaac Elwell House and Office John Gilbert Winant (1889-1947) John P. Hale John Sargent Pillsbury Josie Langmaid Lafayette Posts Main Street's Origins Maj. Gen. John Stark Major Andrew McClary Mary Baker Eddy Mary Baker Eddy House Molly Stark House Nathaniel & Armenia White New England College Covered Bridge New Hampshire State House Chambers New Hampshire's Presidential Primary New Hampshire’s First Meeting House New Hill Village New London War Memorial Newbury NH Veteran's Memorial Northfield WWI Memorial On The Interval Below This Spot On This Spot Stood the First Congregational Church Pembroke Street / Watering Trough Penacook Unit No. 31 World War I Monument Philip Call Placed in Memory of Those Men and Women Portsmouth & Concord Railroad Potter Place Ratification of the Federal Constitution Rev Jacob Cram Robert Frost in Allenstown / Buck Street Mills Shaker Village Site of First Block House Site of First Ferry Site Of First Fort A.D. 1739 Site of Home of Edward H. Rollins Site of Home of Isaac Hill Site of Home of President Franklin Pierce Site of House Site of Rumford Garrison No. 2 Site of Rumford Garrison No. 5 Site of Rumford Garrison No. 6 Site of Rumford Garrison No. 7 State Capitol State House Grounds Suncook Connection Bridge Suncook Village Sunset Baseball The Concord Coach The First Garrison in Concord The Pennacook The Pierce Manse The Reuben Foster House The Stanley Tavern The Webster Homestead This Field This Monument is in Memory of Samuel Bradley Turkey Pond ~ 1938 Hurricane U.S.S. Maine Memorial VFW Concord Post 1631 Memorial Walker School Walker School 1915 Waterloo Historical District White Park William H. Long Memorial Building Woodwell's Garrison 1744
In 1853, New Hampshire became the first state to pass a law requiring schools to provide free education to all children.
Merrimack County, located in the state of New Hampshire, has a rich history that dates back to the founding of the United States. The county was officially established in 1823 and is named after the Merrimack River, which flows through it. Prior to its establishment, the area was inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Pennacook and Abenaki peoples.

During the colonial era, European settlers built towns and villages along the Merrimack River, attracted by its fertile land and access to water transportation. Concord, the county seat and state capital, was founded in 1725 and became an important political and economic center in the region. It played a vital role during the American Revolution as the site of the Battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775, which marked the beginning of the war.

In the 19th century, Merrimack County experienced significant industrialization and economic growth. The construction of canals and railroads connected the county to national markets, leading to the expansion of manufacturing industries, including textiles, paper mills, and granite quarries. The city of Franklin, known as the "Granite Capital of the World," became a major center for granite production, supplying materials for iconic structures like the Library of Congress and the Brooklyn Bridge.

In the 20th century, Merrimack County continued to develop its industrial and agricultural sectors. The Great Depression had a significant impact on the area, but it rebounded with the growth of defense-related industries during World War II. The county also saw advancements in education and culture, with the establishment of colleges, museums, and cultural organizations.

Today, Merrimack County remains an important hub of commerce, government, and culture in New Hampshire. Its historical significance, natural beauty, and vibrant communities make it a unique and desirable place to live and visit.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Merrimack County, New Hampshire.

  • 1765: Merrimack County is established as one of the five original counties in New Hampshire.
  • 1769: The county seat is established in the town of Salisbury.
  • 1772: The county seat is moved to the newly established town of Boscawen.
  • 1791: The county seat is transferred to Concord.
  • 1823: The county courthouse is built in Concord.
  • 1841: The Merrimack County Agricultural Society is founded.
  • 1846: The Merrimack County Savings Bank is established.
  • 1849: The Northern Railroad is completed, running through Merrimack County.
  • 1866: The Independent Order of Odd Fellows is organized in Concord.
  • 1889: The state prison is relocated to Concord.
  • 1893: The New Hampshire Historical Society is founded in Concord.
  • 1901: The county courthouse in Concord is destroyed by fire.
  • 1903: A new county courthouse is built in Concord.
  • 1907: The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen is formed in Concord.
  • 1941: The Mount Sunapee Resort opens in Newbury.
  • 1968: Merrimack Valley High School is established in Penacook.