Posted by: Ron DuBour | September 1, 2014

Destination America~NEW HAMPSHIRE~by rldubour

Monday! we continue our journey across The United States of America in alpha order. Today we visit the great state of:



The state song is, Old New Hampshire
And the motto is, “Live free or die.”
The nickname is the Granite State.
And the Karner Blue is the official butterfly.


Captain John Mason named the area
Hampshire after the English county.
Receiving land between the Merrimack
And Piscataqua, a very healthy bounty.


From East Derry there is Alan Shepard
first American to fly in space.
The first capital was in Exeter
Then Dover took its place


To make one gallon of maple syrup it
takes approximately 40 gallons of sap.
The oldest unaltered brick knitting mill
In America is the mill named Belknap.


The poem “Mary had a little lamb,”
Wrote in 1830 by Sara Josepha Hale.
The Bavarian-styled Hamlet of Merrimack
Is home to the famous Clydesdales.


The Abenaki and Pennacook Indians lived
On this land when Europeans arrived.
In 1679 England forms New Hampshire as
A separate royal colony that never survived.


The first potato planted in the United States

Was at Londonderry, not on a plantation.

In 1963 New Hampshire adopted

The very First lottery games in the nation.


The residents are called “New Hampshirites.”
The white birch is the official tree.
The state flower is the purple lilac
And the purple finch is the bird, I see.


The Brattle Organ in St. John’s Church
In Portsmouth, the oldest in the United States.
This organ is still played on special occasions
Dating back to seventeen-hundred and eight.


Sarah Hale and Franklin Pierce
John Irving and Robert Frost.
Alan Shepard and Henry Wilson
All famous names that won’t be lost.

Statehood, June 21, 1788 the 9th state.
Capital is Concord

The Belknap Mill built at Laconia in 1823 is the oldest unaltered brick knitting mill in America.
In Peterborough in 1833 the first public library in the United States.
In 1963 New Hampshire adopted the very First lottery games in the United States.
Wallace D. Lovell built the Hampton River Bridge in 1900 called the “mile-long bridge”. It was reputed to be the longest wooden bridge in the world.
The first potato planted in the United States was at Londonderry Common Field in 1719.
Seizing the Fort at New Castle was the very first act of Revolution against the British.
New Hampshire had the honor of being first to sign the Declaration because of this.
America’s Stonehenge is a 4000 year old megalithic (stone constructed) site located on Mystery Hill in Salem and presently serves as a leisurely, educational tour for the whole family.
April 12, 1934 on Mt. Washington, winds Recorded at three times faster than any hurricane!
New Hampshire’s State House is the oldest state capitol in which a legislature still meets in its original chambers.


  1. From my adopted home in New Hampshire, I salute you

    • and I thank YOU my friend!

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