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Town Name: Newbury

Population: 2,293

Area: 64.4 SQ MILES

Brief History: Chartered in 1763, the town was first settled by English colonists in 1762 by Samuel Sleeper and his family. One of the New Hampshire grants, the town was charted by Governor Benning Wentworth in March of 1763 to Jacob Bayley, a native of Newbury, Massachusetts, and 74 others.

While the town had two gristmills, a paper mill, and a steam mill, the primary industry was raising beef cattle and sheep along with the production of wool and dairy products.

In 1913, the town did not have a fire department, and a change of the wind was all that prevented the entire town from being lost to a large fire that destroyed 21 buildings, including the public school and the hotel.

General Area Info: The Connecticut River, which flows between Vermont and New Hampshire, is the eastern border of Newbury. The town includes the villages of Newbury, Center Newbury, West Newbury, South Newbury, Boltonville, Peach Four Corners, and Wells River. The town's two highest points are Tucker Mountain, at 1,690 feet and the summit of Woodchuck Mountain at 1,750 feet.

Attractions: Bedell Covered Bridge Site, Newbury Village Store, Newbury Town House, Oxbow Historic District, Tucker Mountain Town Forest

Recreational Activities:Snowmobiling, Fishing, Hunting, Paddling, Hiking, Cross-Country Skiing, Biking, Horseback Riding

Fun Facts:

  • Newbury is home to Camp Farwell, a summer camp for girls that was founded in 1889 and may be the longest running all-girls camp in the U.S.
  • The seasonal ice cream shop at the Newbury Village Store, was “risen from the ashes” after fire destroyed an old building on the property, aptly named Phoenix Scoops.


Newbury Town Website


  • Pre-K-6: Newbury Elementary School
  • Grades 7-12: Oxbow High School

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