New Boston is a bucolic, historic New England town with a Norman Rockwell central village. A quiet, rural town, it is convenient to major highways, and is only 20 minutes to the Manchester airport. The Piscataquog River runs through the town, providing year-round recreational opportunities such as kayaking, fishing, bicycling, snow shoeing, X-C skiing and nature walks.
The town was first settled in 1736 by grantees who were former residents of Boston, MA. The name of New Boston was first used by the township in 1751. New Boston recently celebrated its 250th incorporation.
During the Revolutionary War, New Boston militia under the command of General John Stark help defeat Hessian troops at the Battle of Bennington. The cannon used, named the Molly Stark Cannon, was awarded to this militia by General Stark. On display at the Historical Society, the cannon is still maintained by the New Boston Artillery Company and is fired every year as part of the 4th of July celebrations.
The town’s history is rooted in its agricultural past. When the railroad came to town in 1893, entrepreneur JR Whipple supplied his 3 Boston hotels with fresh farm products from the town. Passenger train service to New Boston was ended in 1931, and the railroad was abandoned in the 1970’s. Today the railroad bed has been converted to a walking/biking/skiing trail enjoyed by the residents of New Boston.
In World War II, Joe English Pond was used for target practice. This area became the New Boston Air force Base, and satellite tracking antenna were installed. In 1948 Roger Babson established the Gravity Research Foundation, drawing notable scientists to conferences held here. The Foundation was relocated to Babson College in the 1960s, and still holds its annual essay contest.
Today the townsfolk of New Boston love their town! Excellent schools, preservation of country character, and strong community spirit make New Boston is a special place to live that has much to offer. Come find out why New Boston could be the perfect community for you!
Quick Facts about New Boston, Hillsborough County, NH 03070
Type of Government: Town Meeting
Total Area = 45 Square Miles
Population per 2010 Census: 5320
Population Density: 120 People per Square Mile
17 Miles to Manchester, NH Airport
70 Miles to Logan Airport, Boston
2014 tax rate: $25.45
2013 Town Budget: $3,131,113
Departments & Services in New Boston
Town Offices: 7 Meetinghouse Hill Rd • (603) 487-2500 • www.newbostonnh.gov
Police Dept: Full time 24 hour coverage • 116 Old Coach Rd • 487-2433 (non-emergency)
Fire Dept: 4 Meetinghouse Hill Rd • All-volunteer, with Auxiliary & Cadets programs. • 487-5532
Transfer Station: New Boston has mandatory recycling. Going to the dump is a social event! Meet your neighbors & friends at the re-use-it room. Local private companies also contract for trash pick-up.
• 412 Old Coach Road • 487-5000 • www.newbostonnh.gov/Pages/NewBostonNH_Transfer/index
Whipple Free Library: 67 Mont Vernon Rd • 487-3391 • www.whipplefreelibrary.org
US Post Office: 71 Mont Vernon Rd • 487-2245
New Boston Recreational Department: Offers ongoing sports & education programs for children & adults, as well as senior outings and events, Summer Concerts and special seasonal events. • 5 Meetinghouse Hill Rd • 487-2880 • www.newbostonnh.gov/Pages/NewBostonNH_Recreation/index
New Boston on Facebook
The place to go for all the latest on what is going on around town. Go to these pages and Join Group.
• New Boston, NH: Conversation group for current, past & prospective New Boston residents
• New Boston Area Yard Sale: Local yard sale group
• New Boston FREEcycle: Give or get items for free for New Boston residents
• New Boston, NH and Surrounding Towns Business Group: Local businesses and service providers
Organizations & Clubs in New Boston
Historical Society: 2 Central Square • 487-2526 • www.newbostonhistoricalsociety.com
Joe English Grange: 7 Meetinghouse Hill Rd (upstairs town hall) • 487-2219
New Boston 4th of July Committee: Contact Laura Bernard • 487-2556
New Boston Garden Club: Contact Maddy Perron • 487-2736 or Mary Lanzillotti • 487-2139
New Boston Lions Club: Contact Jane Warren • 486-8778 • email@example.com
Knitting Groups: Contact Whipple Free Library • 67 Mont Vernon Rd • 487-3391
Piscataquog Quilters: Contact Pat Hansen • 487-2115
Medical Facilities In & Near New Boston
Elliott at New Boston: Family Medicine • 52 High St • 487-3429 • www.elliotdocnewboston.com
New Boston Dental Care: 52 High St • 487-2106 • www.newbostondentalcare.com
New Boston Physical Therapy:
• 16 Meetinghouse Hill Rd • 487-3933 • www.newbostonphysicaltherapy.com
Ingrando Chiropratic: Denise Ingrando • 56 Woodbury Rd • 487-1259
Deb Gilligan, LCMHC (Licensed Clinical Mental Heath Counselor): 79-H Mont Vernon Rd • 487-2246
Erin Gilligan, Individual & Family Therapist, MSW, LICSW: 79-H Mont Vernon Rd • 361-7595
Elliott Hospital: 1 Elliott Way, Manchester • 669-5300 • www.elliothospital.org/website/index.php
Catholic Medical Center: 100 McGregor St, Manchester • 668-3545 • www.catholicmedicalcenter.org
Churches in New Boston
There are 3 houses of worship New Boston. Surrounding towns house other denominations and faiths.
NB Community Church: 2 Meetinghouse Hill Rd • 487- 2160 • www.communitychurchnewboston.org
Chestnut Hill Chapel: 219 Chestnut Hill Rd • 472-2709 • www.chestnuthillchapel.com
New Boston Baptist: 184 Mont Vernon Rd • 487-2713
Schools Servicing New Boston
There are 2 private preschools in New Boston, a public elementary (K-6), and an area agreement with the Town of Goffstown for middle & high school.
SAU 19: 11 School St, Goffstown • 497-4818 • www.goffstown.k12.nh.us/SAU19
New Boston Central School: Arts-integrated, community-involved grades K-6 . An integrated pre-school is available for children needing early services
• 15 Central School Rd • 487-2211 • www.nbcs.k12.nh.us
Mountain View Middle School: Grades 7-8
• 41 Lauren Lane, Goffstown • 497-8288 • www.goffstown.k12.nh.us/MV
Goffstown High School: 2014 US News Best High School Silver Winner, grades 9-12
• 27 Wallace Rd, Goffstown • 497-4841 • www.goffstown.k12.nh.us/GHS
Other Area Private Schools:
Academy of Science and Design: Charter Public School Grade 6 – 12 • 486 Amherst St #1, Nashua
• 595-4705 • www.asdnh.org
The Derryfield School: Grades 6 – 12 • 2108 River Rd, Manchester • 669-4524 • www.derryfield.org
Homeschooling: While there is not currently an official New Boston home schooling group, contact Karina Betrand for more info on area resources. • 487-2102 • www.nhhomeschooling.org
Music & Art Lessons
Art Lessons for Kids: Jeanne Bisceglia • 448 Clark Hill Rd • 487-2572
Art Lessons for Adults: Eileen Belanger • 24 Francestown Rd • 487-5522
Music Lessons: The New Boston Central School offers band for 5th & 6th graders, with music lessons available. The middle & high school also offer band as well as strings. There are also private lessons available from area musicians.
Piano • Ann Marie Ashford • 25 Davis Lane • 487-2608
Piano • Joyce Smith • 428 Clark Hill Rd • 487-2917
Piano • Karina Betrand • 253 Francestown Rd • 487-2102
Piano & Guitar • Lynn Bowers • 420 Clark Hill Rd • 487-5445
Drums • Tim Jones • 66 Summit Dr • 487-5004
Viola & Violin • Rebecca Blom Carle • 77 Summit Dr • 487-3267
Area Grocery Stores
Market Basket Bedford: 539 Donald St, Bedford • 222-1471
Market Basket Milford: 21 Jones Rd, Milford • 672-4558
Hannaford Goffstown: 605 Mast Rd, Goffstown • 626-4488
Sully’s Superette: 10 North Mast Rd, Goffstown • 497-8176
Fresh Food Sources in New Boston
Farmers Market: Fresh offerings on Saturday mornings on the town common in summer and fall. Contact: Karina Bertrand • 487-2102 • www.newbostonfarmersmarket.webs.com
Middle Branch Farm: 280 Colburn Rd • 487-2540 • www.middlebranchfarm.com
Dodge’s Ice Cream & Vegetable Stand: Contact: Claire Dodge • RT 77, Weare Rd • 487-3339
Apple Knoll Farm: Family-farm raised beef. Contact: Gretchen Anderson • 88 Beard Rd • 487-2900
Eggs: A drive down New Boston’s back roads will find many “Eggs for Sale” signs, and a query on the New Boston Facebook page will get a response to see who has eggs currently available. Locals that usually have fresh eggs available:
Karina Betrand • Greentwist Acres • 253 Francestown Rd • 487-2102
Shirley Sullivan • 332 Tucker Mill Rd • 487-2213
Jessica Plamondon • 501 Mont Vernon Rd
Maple Syrup: When the sap is flowing in early spring, the smoke from the sugar houses is rising!
Mt Crumpit Farm: Dale Smith • 207 Lull Rd • 487-3047
Maple Butternut Farm: James Danes • 487-5508
Cody’s Sap House: Cody Barrier • 445 Francestown Rd • 487-2708
Townes Family Sugarhouse: Charles Peak • 266 South Hill Rd • 487-5047
Restaurants & Places to Eat
Molly’s Tavern: 35 Mont Vernon Rd • 487-1362 • www.mollysnh.com
New Boston Pizza: 81 Mont Vernon Rd • 487-2800
Northeast Café: 8 Mill St • 487-3930
Dodge’s Country Store: 7 Central Sq • 487-5255
Dodge’s Ice Cream & Vegetable Stand: RT 77, Weare Rd • 487-3339
Just Like Mom’s Bakery & Restaurant: 353 Riverdale Rd • 529-6667
Community Dinners • Community Church held monthly
Fireman’s Breakfast • Held 1st Sunday of the month at the firehouse • 487-5532
New Boston is blessed with a natural environment that is conducive to many outdoor recreational activities and conservation of land resources is a high priority. As of 2012, there were 10,486 acres in Current Use, 2,589 of these with documented stewardship. Many of the properties have public access on them. You can learn more information about the specific restrictions for access and permitted activities with each stewardship/ownership organization. In addition to conserved land, the 3 branches of the Piscataquog River flow through New Boston. There is plenty of opportunity to get outside and enjoy walking, bike riding, snow-shoeing, horse-back riding, kayaking and fishing!
New Boston Conservation Commission:
• 487-5504 • www.newbostonnh.gov/Pages/NewBostonNH_Conservation/trails
State of NH Lang Station Forest: www.nhdfl.org/new-hampshire-state-lands/state-owned-reservations
Piscataquog Land Conservancy: 5A Mill St, New Boston • 487-3331 • www.plcnh.org
The Society for Protection of New Hampshire Forests • 224-9945 • www.spnhf.org
Piscataquog Area Trailways: A non-profit, volunteer-based organization that fosters trail activities such as horse-back riding, hiking, biking, cross country skiing & snow shoeing.
• 487-3377 • www.piscataquogareatrailways.com
Bailey Pond: An 18 acre, warm water pond suited for fishing, canoeing and kayaking. There is a town-owned boat launch at the end of road.
• Bailey Pond Rd • www.wildnh.com/Fishing/bathy_maps/bailey_newboston.pdf
Joe English Hill: 2800 acre grounds upon the New Boston Air Force Base’s including the iconic Joe English cliff face. Hiking and fishing are permitted with prior permission.
An alternate approach is through the Joe English Reservation trails in adjoining Amherst.
The New Boston Recreational Department: Ongoing sports & education programs for kids from
18 months on up. The Rec also runs events such as the Easter Bonnet Parade, after-school care,
Summer Camp Coolio for kids, Scarecrow Alley & Halloween Party, Breakfast with Santa & Tree Lighting. • 487-2880 • www.newbostonnh.gov/Pages/NewBostonNH_Recreation/index
Whipple Free Library: Offers story time, crafts, and many programs for toddlers to teens. • Contact Children’s librarian Barbara Ballou • 487-3391 • www.whipplefreelibrary.org
YMCA: Full facility for family swim, sports, after school care and camps.
• 116 Goffstown Back Rd, Goffstown • 497-4663 • www.graniteymca.org/index.php?page=allard
Boy Scouts: Contact Pack 123 Scoutmaster Tom Lazott • 487-3423 • www.newboston123.mytroop.us
Girls Scouts: There are many troops in New Boston with girls from Kindergarten to College
• 888-474-9686 • www.girlscoutsgwm.org
Creation Station & Mom’s Group: Monthly craft & activity classes are held at Little People’s Depot. Open to the community, geared for 2-5 year olds. Prior to class, an informal mom’s group meets.
Contact: Julie Kirklin • 487-5297 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Hiking/Snowshoeing Club: New Boston Central School offers both a hiking club and a snowshoeing club for kids. • Contact Jackie Moulton • 487-2211
Theatre for Kids: New Boston Central School, Mountain View Middle School and Goffstown High School all offer theatre groups. The high school has an award-winning program which present multiple shows per year. Many of the productions feature children of all ages.
• Contact: Josh Desrochers • email@example.com
Other Performing Arts Centers:
Palace Youth Theatre & Palace Teen Company: • 80 Hanover St, Manchester • 668-5588
Bedford Performing Arts: Music, dance & theatre. • 155 Route 101, Bedford • 472-3894 • www.bypc.org
Kids & Animals
4-H: There are many clubs in the area for kids to learn about animals as well as family sciences, environmental education & communication arts. www.extension.unh.edu/About-4-H-How-Join
For a chart on the clubs and areas of interest in Hillsborough County:
Pony Club: Frog Rock Pony Club • Elizabeth Aksten • Ashwood Farm • 41 Thornton Rd • 487-5009
Horse Back Lessons: Local lessons from beginner to Olympic hopeful.
• New Boston Livery • Betsy Moody • 15 Baker Ln • 487-3379 • www.home.comcast.net/~bndmoody
• Toad Hill Farm • Lin Pare • 41 Helena Dr • 487-2183 • www.toadhillfarm.net
• Apple Knoll Farm • Gretchen Anderson • 88 Beard Rd • 325-5771 • www.appleknollnh.com
• Ashwood Farm • Elizabeth Aksten • 41 Thornton Rd • 487-5009
• Bunkerhill Stables • Heidi Akerman • 252 Bunkerhill Rd • 487-3573 • www.bunkerhillstables.com
Town & Country Animal Hospital • 289 Francestown Rd • 487-2520
Dr. Mark Anderson, DVM • Large animal care • 88 Beard Rd • 487-2900
Pedzik’s Pets • Christine Pedzik • 762 River Rd • 497-8747 • www.pedzikspets.com
Flansbury Animal Care Services • Darla Barss • 854-2566
Toad Hill Farm • Lin Pare • 40 Helena Dr • 487-2183 • www.toadhillfarm.net
Next Best Thing Pet Services • Julia Daniel • 487-3878
Meanwhile Farm • Tami Randell • 560 Clark Hill Rd • 487-1254 or 325-0659
Pedzik’s Pets • Christine Pedzik • 762 River Rd • 497-8747 • www.pedzikspets.com
The PawLour • Katie Napierkoski • 66 Parker Rd • 497-3403
Canine Commitment • Ross Norwood • 733 Bedford Rd • 361-4350 • www.caninecommit.org
Community Calendar – Town Wide Events
April: Library Auction • Live auction of new, old & unique items to benefit Friends of the Library.
• Whipple Free Library • 487-3391 • www.whipplefreelibrary.org
May: Clifford Nyquist Duck Race • Games on town common, rubber duck race on the river scholarship fund raiser. New Boston Community Church • 487-2160 • www.communitychurchnewboston.org
May: Memorial Day Program • New Boston Central School • 487-2211
June: Town Wide Yard Sale to benefit local non-profit organizations • Locations throughout town
June: PTA Kick Off to Summer 5K Road Race/Walk run to benefit PTA
Summer Concerts on the Common • Sunday afternoons on the town common throughout the summer
• 487-2880 • www.newbostonnh.gov/Pages/NewBostonNH_Recreation/special/concerts
July 4th: Parade through town, Activities at Fair Grounds during the day, Fireworks at night
September: Hillsborough County Fair, weekend after Labor Day • Fairgrounds • www.hcafair.com
October: Annual Cider Fest • Watch cider being made by 100 year old press, to benefit the New Boston
Food Pantry • Apple Jacks Cider Mill • Eileen Belanger • 24 Francestown Rd • 487-5522
October: Rails to Entrails 5K Fun Run • Be chased by zombies in this 5K obstacle run to benefit the rails-to-trails efforts • www.railstoentrails.com/Rails_to_Entrails_Website/HOME.html
October: Halloween • Costume parade, pumpkin carving contest & trick-or-treating
December: Various Christmas Activities such as Christmas Tree lighting & Breakfast with Santa
December: Wassail Celebration at Whipple Free Library • Refreshments, carols & catching up with friends!
• Whipple Free Library • 487-3391 • www.whipplefreelibrary.org