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The first non-native settlers came in 1652 to start a sawmill powered by a waterfall on the Exeter River.

The town was once a part of Exeter known as Brentwood (or Brintwood) Parish. It was named after Brentwood, Essex, originally called "Burnt Wood", where, in 1177, King Henry II granted permission for 40 acres (160,000 m2) of the king's forest to be cut, burned and cultivated.

Beginning in 1738, residents living in the southwestern portion of Exeter, now Brentwood and Fremont, petitioned to be set off, but were denied. They cited difficulty of getting to the Exeter church/ meetinghouse, where weekly attendance was obligatory, and the requirement to pay Exeter taxes... On 26 June 1742, Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth set Brentwood off from Exeter and incorporated it.


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On 26 June 1742, Brentwood, New Hampshire was incorporated.
Brentwood was formerly a part of Exeter, and was disannexed from it and formed a separate town on the aforesaid date.
1752 - Brentwood - First minister was Rev. Nathaniel Trask, of the Congregational denomination
1839 - Brentwood
Brentwood, New Hampshire
Rockingham county. Brentwood is bounded E. by Exeter, N. by Epping, W. by Poplin, and S. by Kingston. The soil is better adapted to grass than grain, although some improvements have been made in its qualities. Exeter river passes nearly through the centre of the town, and there are other streams of less magnitude connecting with it. Pick-pocket falls, on Exeter river, are in this town, and near them are situated an extensive cotton factory and a number of mills. A card factory has been established here, which promises to be of great utility; and also an iron furnace for casting machinery. Quantities of iron ore have been found, and it was formerly worked with success. Vitriol, combined in masses with sulphur, has also been found here. Brentwood was incorporated June 26, 1742. Population in 1830, 891.
The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
Ephraim Flanders built a store in Brentwood in 1865.
2023 - Here are some of the best places to go and things to do in Brentwood, New Hampshire:
Mary E. Bartlett Memorial Library:
Start your exploration of Brentwood with a visit to the Mary E. Bartlett Memorial Library. It's not only a great place to check out books but also a hub for community events and programs. You can attend book readings, join a book club, or simply enjoy a quiet afternoon with a good book.

Brentwood Town Center:
The Brentwood Town Center is where you'll find a variety of local shops, boutiques, and eateries. It's a great place to support small businesses, shop for unique gifts, and savor some delicious local cuisine. Be sure to try some of the town's famous maple syrup if it's available.

Exeter River Conservation Area:
If you're a nature enthusiast, you'll want to explore the Exeter River Conservation Area. This beautiful natural space offers hiking trails, wildlife viewing opportunities, and a peaceful place to reconnect with nature. Don't forget your camera to capture the scenic beauty of the area.

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