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Located in Hillsborough County, Goffstown was incorporated in 1761. The area was originally part of Massachusetts, where it was known first as Narragansett Number 4, then as PiscataquogVillage, and finally Shovestown. Colonel John Goffe was among the settlers to whom the vicinity was granted in 1748. At the time of incorporation, the name Goffstown was chosen to honor him. It includes the villages of Grasmere, Pinardville, and Goffstown Village. (Read more below.)
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In the first census, 1790, the population of Goffstown was 1275. There are now more than 16,000 residents. The area was heavily forested with trees that made good timber, making lumbering the primary industry, along with fishing, in the early years of the town. The Piscataquog River provided power to sawmills, grain mills, textile mills, and carding and cotton factories. Today, Saint Anselm College and municipal services are the two largest employers in Goffstown.
Goffstown is located 9 miles from Manchester, 16 miles from Concord, and 61 miles from Boston, Massachusetts. The nearest airport is Manchester-Boston Regional, 13 miles away. The town lies at the junction of Route 114 and Route 13. There are two elementary schools, one kindergarten, a middle school, and a high school. The high school also serves neighboring towns of New Boston and Dunbarton. There is also a private school serving grades pre-K through grade 8.
Saint Anselm College is the third oldest Catholic college in New England. It is the home of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, at which presidential primary debates are held, among many other national political functions. It was founded in 1889 and is nationally ranked as the 85th best college in theUS. There is a fully functioning, independent Benedictine abbey connected to the college.
In October every year, the state Giant Pumpkin Championships is held in Goffstown, drawing competitors and visitors from all of New Hampshire. The event is called the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off and Regatta. This large event is a weekend packed full of fun activates. Besides the regatta and weigh-off themselves, there are vendors, demos, petting zoos, art shows, crafts for kids, talent competitions, pumpkin cooking and eating contests, and much more.
Camping, fishing, and hunting can all be enjoyed in Goffstown. There are snowmobile trails, an outdoor ice skating rink, cross country skiing, and bicycle trails as well. Many of these trails are converted from old railroad lines that served the town until the mid-twentieth century. The local culture includes museums and performing arts
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