Originally named Arlington, in honor of Charles Fitzroy, Earl of Arlington, Winchester, New Hampshire (Cheshire County) was one of the towns established in 1733 as protection for the Massachusetts border at the Connecticut River. After becoming part of the New Hampshire province in 1741, the town was granted to Colonel Josiah Willard, commander of Fort Dummer. Following the wars, it was incorporated as Winchester, for Charles Paulet, Marquis of Winchester, third Duke of Bolton, and constable of the Tower of London.
Winchester is located in Cheshire County in the Southwest Region of the State of New Hampshire. Just miles from both the Massachusetts and Vermont borders, the center of town is only 12 miles from the major US Highway 91. Route 10 is a major road that runs directly from Northfield, MA through the center of town connecting directly with Keene, N.H.? Route 119 crosses the town running to Hinsdale to Brattleboro, Vt
The town has a total land area of 55.8 square miles. Population count is approximately 4, 286 people. The undulating country side is home to many agricultural and dairy farms. Pisgah State Park is the state of New Hampshire’s largest state park and offers many hiking trails open to the public. The Ashuelot River meanders through town towards the Connecticut River and presents both challenging and peaceful canoeing and kayaking opportunities. Winchester’s northern New England location has an average temperature of 71.1°(F) in July, a January average of 19°(F), and annual precipitation of nearly 44.5 inches.
Winchester Town?Website: www.winchester-nh.gov/pages/index
Winchester Learning Center (pre-school)?www.thewinchesterlearningcenter.org/index.html
Winchester School , grades K-8, www.wnhsd.org/
Conant Public Library,www.conantlibrary.org/conantnh/, 239-4331, Mon., Wed, Friday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.,
Thayer Public Library in Ashuelot, 239-4179, Tues, Thurs.: 1 p.m.-8 p.m.
Places of Worship:
St. Stanislaus, Winchester Assembly of God, United Church of Winchester, Grace Christian Fellowship
Parks & Recreation:
Town beach at ForestLake,
ELMM Community Center – www.elmmcenter.net
PisgahState Park – www.nhstateparks.com/pisgah.html
Winchester Snowmobile Club
The town holds an annual Pickle Festival, including a parade, craft fair and kids’ activities, in the early fall
Additional Points of Interest:
Sheriden House, The Winchester Historical Society Museum, Ashuelot?www.winchesternhhistoricalsociety.org/?(Open May through October, Wed. 9 a.m. to noon, Sunday 2-4 p.m., 239-7399)
Two covered bridges: Ashuelot?and Coombs
Corsair Industries, Keeney Manufacturing (Plum Pak), Kulick’s Inc., Gary’s Power Equipment, Winchester Roll Products, Rite-Aid, Innovative Machine, Global Trucking, Monadnock Speedway, Winchester Speedpark, Dollar Store, State Line Fireworks, Wellness Veterinarian Clinic