Meredith is part of the scenic NH Lakes Region. Many well-known individuals such as Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts’ Governor, own property in the New Hampshire Lakes Region.
Meredith was originally known as Palmerstown after the navigation and surveying teacher Samuel Palmer. It was also called Second Township, because it was the second granted by the proprietorship of Governor John Mason. It soon became known as New Salem, as many of the settlers were from Salem, Massachusetts. The town was incorporated in 1768 and named after Sir William Meredith, a British Member of Parliament and a supporter of the American cause. Meredith today contains the villages of Bear Island, East Bear Island, Leavitt Park, Lovejoy Sands, and Meredith Center.
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Located in Belknap County, Meredith covers an area of 40.3 square miles, with an additional 14.2 square miles of inland water. In the 1790 census, 881 residents were recorded. In 2010, that number was 6241 people. Farming was the primary industry in the early days, with corn, wheat, rye, and potatoes being grown. It was the apple orchards for which the area became best known. There were also mills driven by the water from Lake Waukewan. Today, the largest employers are manufacturing, banking, and the school system.
It is a 58-mile drive to Manchester NH and a 108-mile drive to Boston. Concord, NH is 41 miles away. Interstate 93 is accessible nine miles from Meredith. The school system is Inter-Lakes Cooperative, which serves Meredith, Center Harbor, and Sandwich. There is one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school. There is also a parochial school for students in kindergarten and through Grade 8.
Meredith is located in the spectacular Lakes Region of New Hampshire, which draws vacationers from all over the nation. In fact, it has been a popular tourist destination since the railroad came to town in 1849. There are historic walking tours, covered bridges, trolley ride tours, historic textile mill tours, and much more. There is also a Summer Theater company that puts on productions at the Inter-Lakes Community Auditorium.
There is much to satisfy the outdoor enthusiast, too, of course. Cross country skiing trails, bicycle trails, and snowmobile trails, as well as campgrounds, are found in Meredith. Boating and fishing, and waterfront recreations can all be pursued as well. The annual Great Rotary Fishing Derby is held in February. The Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad lets visitors experience all the natural beauty of the area. Both lakeside and mountain fall foliage tours are available, making for one of the most diverse rail tours in New England.
Visit a Meredith NH real estate agent when you are looking for a property to buy. Their expertise will assure you of a smooth running process, for the most important investment that you will likely ever make. There are Meredith New Hampshire homes that fit every lifestyle, from historic buildings to condominiums.