Barrington, New Hampshire, USA - 1857 - Barrington
BARRINGTON, Strafford county. Bounded north by Rochester, east by Madbury and Lee, south by Nottingham, and west by Strafford. Distance from Concord, 30 miles east. Surface broken and rocky; soil generally a gravelly loam. There are, however, several elevations, termed oak ridges, which contain a rich, sandy loam and hazel mould, and are easily tilled, as well as productive. There are within the limits of this town 13 ponds, each of considerable magnitude, from which flow streams affording many very good water privileges. In Isinglass River is a perpendicular fall of 30 feet, which furnishes a constant supply of water for an extensive manufactory. The rock in this town is principally granite, in which quartz predominates. In some of the rocks beautiful and perfect specimens of quartz crystals, and in others tourmaline, are found. Bog Iron ore may be obtained in considerable quantities.
There is about two miles from the centre of the town, a cavern of some note. The entrance, upon the side of a hill, is large enough to admit a person in a stooping posture. You pass along about 5 or 6 feet in a horizontal direction; after which you descend about the same distance at an angle of 45 degrees, through space barely large
enough to admit a common-sized man. Having forced yourself through this narrow passage, you find yourself in a capacious hall 60 feet in length, from 12 to 15 in height, and from 4 to 10 in width. Leading from this are several other fissures, of too small compass to admit of exploration.
There are in this town three meeting houses--one Congregational, one Freewill Baptist, and one Methodist. First settled minister, Rev. Joseph Prince in 1755. The town was incorporated May 10, 1722. Settlement commenced 10 years after. It originally included the town of Strafford din its limits, comprising an area of 54, 380 acres. In
1820 about 29, 120 acres, somewhat more than half the town, was taken to form the town of Strafford.
Population 1754. Number of voters 475. Amount of inventory $517,075. Number of sheep, 1041. Do. neat stock, 1633. Do. horses and mules, 254. Value of improved and unimproved lands, $318,142.
New Hampshire as it is, by Charlton, Edwin A. ; Claremont, N.H. :: A. Kenney & Co.,, 1857
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