Laconia NH real estate is very popular because it is near the NH Lakes Region. There are Laconia, New Hampshire homes to suit every house hunter’s taste, from those who are seeking to live in an historical building to those that would prefer a more modern condominium lifestyle.
Laconia, incorporated as a town in 1855 and as a city in 1893, is named after a region in the country of Greece. It lies between the Merrimack River and the Sagadahock River, and, from its settlement in 1761, was originally called Meredith Bridge. It includes the villages of Lakeport and Weirs Beach. In 1840, Laconia became the county seat for the newly created Belknap County. (Read more about Laconia NH below.)
1806 people were recorded as residents of Laconia in its first census in 1860. The population today is almost 16000. It is the 15th largest city in the state. The earliest industries were mills for lumber and grist, harnessing the power of the Merrimack and Sagadahock Rivers. Later, a large textile mill was built. The building remains today and is open to the public as a museum. It is the oldest unaltered brick textile mill in the United States. In 1848, the Laconia Car Company, which built rail, trolley and subway cars, became the primary industry, lasting until about 1930. Today, the largest employers in Laconia are manufacturing facilities.
Boston, Massachusetts is a 95-mile drive from the center of Laconia. Manchester, NH is 45 miles, and Concord, NH is 27 miles away. There is a municipal airport in town that offers pilot instruction. The nearest commercial airport is Manchester-Boston Airport in Manchester. Children in grades from kindergarten through Grade 12 attend school in Laconia. There are three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school operated by the public school system. There are three private schools serving all grades, too. A career training center provides technical education.
There are an abundance of outdoor activities and recreation. Camping, fishing, hunting, boating, cross country skiing, and waterfront recreation are all available right in Laconia. There are also trails dedicated for bicycles and snowmobiles. Other attractions include the Prescott Farm Audubon Center, which offers educational activities, hiking, and event location rentals.
When the railroad came to Laconia in 1849, the popularity of Weirs Beach as a tourist destination blossomed. It is popular to this day, with an amusement arcade, bumper cars, cruises, and a scenic railroad trip on the original tracks. Laconia Motorcycle Week takes place in June of each year. It is one of the largest motorcycle rallies in the nation. In Winter, the Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby is held annually.
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