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Strafford is a town in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States. The two main settlements in town are Center Strafford and Bow Lake Village.

Once part of Barrington, Strafford was set off due to the lengthy travel required to attend town meetings. Settled prior to the Revolution, the town incorporated in 1820, taking its name from the county in which it is located. Strafford County had been organized in 1773 during the administration of Colonial Governor John Wentworth, and named in honor of Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford.


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1820 - Strafford set off from Barrington and incorporated as a town
1839 - Strafford
Strafford, New Hampshire
Strafford county. This town lies 15 miles N.W. from Dover, and 25 E.N.E. from Concord, and is about 7 miles in length, 6 1/ 2 wide. Bow pond is in the S.W. part of the town, and is about 650 rods long, 400 wide; its waters form one of the principal branches of the Isinglass river. The range of Blue hills crosses the N.W. part of the town. The soil here is generally of a good quality. Strafford was formerly a part of Barrington and was incorporated in 1820. Population, 1830, 2,200.
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
1882 - Strafford
Strafford was set off from the town of Barrington in 1820, Barrington at that time being twelve miles long and six and a half wide, the northern half constituting the town of Strafford. The surface is greatly diversified into mountain, hill and dale.
The Blue Hills, passing nearly through the center afford many grand and beautiful views to the lover of nature. Strafford has its share of the wild and grand scenery that so distinguishes the States of New Hampshire.
. . . There is, however a mica-mine near Parker's Mountain that has attracted much attention. It is situated on the road leading from Strafford Ridge to Barnstead. It is being worked with good results. Some of the finest specimens in the country are taken from it. Much of the soil in the southern part is remarkably good. Its wheat, corn, and grazing lands are among the best in the States. Its fruit is abundant and varied. Its winter fruit has a reputation surpassed by none.
Strafford is noted for its fine stock, the Durham ... Read MORE...

2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Strafford and the surrounding area:
Bow Lake: Start your visit to Strafford by exploring Bow Lake. This pristine lake is perfect for swimming, boating, and fishing during the summer months. The surrounding woods also offer excellent opportunities for hiking and picnicking.

Straits Pond: Another beautiful body of water in Strafford is Straits Pond. It's a serene spot for kayaking or simply enjoying the tranquility of nature. Keep an eye out for local wildlife like birds and turtles.

Blue Job Mountain: Just a short drive from Strafford, Blue Job Mountain is a popular destination for hikers. The moderate trail leads to a fire tower at the summit, providing stunning views of the surrounding countryside. It's particularly beautiful during the fall when the foliage is in full swing.

Emery Farm: Emery Farm is not just a working farm but also a historic site. You can pick your own berries, shop for fresh produce, and enjoy a taste of rural life. The farm often hosts events, including hayrides and pumpkin picking in the ... Read MORE...

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