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Hampstead, located in Rockingham County, occupies a parcel of land that was once part of Haverhill and Amesbury in Massachusetts. When new boundary lines were drawn in 1739, it became part of New Hampshire and was called Timberlane Parish. Residents petitioned Governor Benning Wentworth for the town to be incorporated in 1749. The Governor agreed and he named the new town Hampstead, after the English home of his friend, British Prime Minister and supporter of the American cause, William Pitt. (Read more below.)
In 1790, the population was just 724 people. Today the population is just over 9000, with 656.3 people living in each of Hampstead’s 13.4 square miles. Computer and electronics products and construction are the largest industries in modern Hampstead NH. Hampstead Hospital, a psychiatric facility, is the largest business in town, employing 130 personnel.
Many Hampstead NH homes are historical or antique. There are a number of Colonial-era houses located on Main Street. The town’s Community Center is housed in the original Colonial-period meetinghouse. It is, in fact, one of the oldest surviving meetinghouses in the nation, and has a genuine Paul Revere bell in its bell tower. The Historic Library Museum contains a collection of fascinating and important artifacts and documents from throughout the town’s long and rich history, including Civil War memorabilia, early historical books, and genealogical records.
The town of Hampstead is located 30 miles from Concord, New Hampshire, and 45 miles from Boston, Massachusetts. Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, New England’s fourth largest airport based on the volume of passengers, is only 17 miles away. Lawrence Municipal Airport is a public use general aviation facility.
Summer water activities, hiking, and camping have made Hampstead a popular destination for both locals and visitors who love spending time in the outdoors. There is a well-known overnight summer youth camp which offers several different programs. In addition, there are a number of youth sports leagues including baseball, soccer, football, and basketball.
The Hampstead school district includes an elementary school and a middle school. The district has a respected special education program. There are also two private schools for nursery school through Grade 8. High school students can attend nearby Pinkerton Academy, with tuition paid by the town of Hampstead. Crime in Hampstead is very low.