National Register Listings in
Sullivan County, New Hampshire

Acworth Congregational Church Acworth Silsby Library Backside Inn Blow-Me-Down Covered Bridge Blow-Me-Down Grange Burford House Central Business District Charlestown Main Street Historic District Charlestown Town Hall Chase, Salmon P., Birthplace Claremont City Hall Claremont Warehouse No. 34 Cold River Bridge Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge Cote House Covit House Dexter, David, House Dingleton Hill Covered Bridge Durham House English Church Farwell School First Baptist Church of Cornish First Universalist Chapel Garber House Giffin House Gunnison, Capt. John, House Janicke House Kenyon Bridge Knights-Morey House Langdon Meeting House Lear House Lempster Meetinghouse Little Red School House 1835 District No. 7 Lower Village District Meriden Bridge Meriden Town Hall Monadnock Mills Mothers' and Daughters' Club House Nettleton House Newport Downtown Historic District North Charlestown Historic District Pier Bridge Pike House Plainfield Town Hall Prentiss Bridge Protectworth Tavern Purnell House Reed, Isaac, House Richards Free Library Richards, Dexter, & Sons Woolen Mill Rossiter, William, House Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site Historic District Scranton House Seavey House South Congregational Church Springfield Town Hall and Howard Memorial Methodist Church St. Gaudens, Louis, House and Studio Stelljes House Sullivan County Courthouse Town Hall and Courthouse Trinity Church Unity Town Hall Washington Common Historic District Welcome Acres Williamson House Windswept Acres-Powers House Wright's Bridge
The name "New Hampshire" was given to the territory in 1629 by Captain John Mason, who was the governor of the Mason Province.
Sullivan County, located in southwestern New Hampshire, has a rich history dating back centuries. The area was initially inhabited by various Native American tribes, including the Abenaki and Pennacook, who utilized the plentiful natural resources for hunting and gathering.

European settlement began in the late 18th century, with the town of Charlestown being incorporated in 1753. This marked the beginning of pioneer settlements throughout the county, which were primarily focused on agriculture, sawmills, and small-scale industries. These settlements expanded rapidly during the Revolutionary War period, and several towns were incorporated in the late 1700s and early 1800s.

The county was named after General John Sullivan, a Revolutionary War hero and the former president of New Hampshire, who played a significant role in the region's development. Sullivan County continued to grow throughout the 19th century, as the construction of railroads facilitated transportation and spurred industrialization. Numerous mills, factories, and farms thrived along the Connecticut River, which serves as the county's western boundary.

In the 20th century, Sullivan County faced economic challenges due to the decline of traditional industries such as agriculture and manufacturing. However, tourism emerged as a growing sector with the establishment of recreational areas, including Mount Sunapee Resort and Pillsbury State Park. Today, Sullivan County maintains a balance between its agricultural heritage, natural beauty, and recreational opportunities, making it a desirable place for residents and visitors alike.

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

  • 1771 - Sullivan County is established as a county in the state of New Hampshire.
  • 1789 - The town of Newport is incorporated.
  • 1791 - The town of Claremont is incorporated.
  • 1827 - The town of Charlestown is incorporated.
  • 1837 - The town of Lempster is incorporated.
  • 1847 - The town of Unity is incorporated.
  • 1875 - The town of Acworth is incorporated.
  • 1876 - The town of Croydon is incorporated.
  • 1921 - The town of Cornish is incorporated.
  • 1947 - The town of Washington is incorporated.
  • 1969 - The town of Grantham is incorporated.
  • 1973 - The town of Sunapee is incorporated.
  • 1991 - The town of Goshen is incorporated.
  • 2000 - The town of Sullivan is incorporated.