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Interesting Facts About New Hampshire

New Hampshire Facts, Funny Laws & Silly Stuff

Interesting facts about New Hampshire should give you something to think about and smile about. This list of New Hampshire facts is perfect for helping you to entertain your kids.

These New Hampshire fun facts can be used as trivia questions to stump your family or entertainment to distract the kids during travel on your road trip with kids. Many facts about New Hampshire presented here are also fun educational opportunities for your children.

Have a read of these interesting facts about New Hampshire when the kids have gone to bed and then introduce them as you travel through New Hampshire. OR maybe a better idea, get your kids to read these New Hampshire facts and debate which is their favorite or bizare New Hampshire fact.


Funny / Strange / Trivia / Interesting Facts about New Hampshire

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Wow, that is Windy
On April 12, 1934, the second highest wind speed known to man was recorded on top of Mount Washington. It was an amazing 231 mph.

Old Summer Resort
In 1768, Governor John Wentworth built an estate in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, which is now the oldest summer resort in the United States.

First American Astronaut
New Hampshire’s Alan Shepard was the first American to be launched into space. He was born in Derry, New Hampshire in 1923.

Oldest Covered Bridge
The Haverhill-Bath covered bridge is the oldest covered bridge still standing in the New Hampshire U.S. It was built in 1829.

Interesting Facts About New Hampshire

State Name: New Hampshire

State Abbreviation: NH

State Capital: Concord

Largest City: Manchester

State population: 1,318,194

Population Rank: #42/50

Area/Size: 9,351 square miles

Area/Size Rank: #46/50

Date became a State: June 21, 1788

Number accepted into the Union: #9/50

Residents are called: New Hampshirites

First Free Library
Peterborough, NH was home to the very first public library free to the public. It was opened in 1833.

Time to Get Up
Levi Hutchins built the very first alarm clock in Londonderry in 1787.

Biggest US Flag
The Amoskeag Mills in Manchester houses the biggest United States flag ever created. It was made in 1914 and stretches ninety feet in length and fifty feet high.

First US Credit Union
In 1908, Monsignor Pierre Hevey, Paster at St. Mary’s Church, established the very first credit union in the country.

Mums will like this fact
In 1938, Earl Tupper of Berlin, New Hampshire created Tupperware.

Area Code to Remember
There is just one area code for the entire state of New Hampshire: 603.

Granite Mountains
Most of the mountains of New Hampshire are made of granite. This is why the state is known as the “granite state.”

Small Town
New Castle, NH only covers .8 square mile.

Ice House Record
In 1890, the largest ice house known to the world was built in NH.

Film History
The movie “Jumanji” was filmed in Keene and Swanzey, NH.


New Hampshire Facts: Silly New Hampshire Laws

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Collect Your Cow Poo
Some of the toughest laws have nothing to do with humans. In New Hampshire, cattle are forbidden from crossing state roads without a fitted device to collect their feces.

National Forest
New Hampshire visitors and residents must never “maintain the national forest without a permit.” This means there is to be no litter collecting, beach raking, or hauling away of trash without applying for a permit first. Do-gooders and nature lovers beware!

Watch Out Mr & Mrs Smith
When you check into a hotel, make sure to use nothing but your actual name. Doing so under an assumed name is considered illegal in this state.

Interesting Facts About New Hampshire

State Motto: "Live Free or Die"

State Nickname: Granite State

State Bird: Purple finch

State Flower: Purple lilac

State Tree: White birch

Leave the Seaweed
Seaweed belongs on the beach, so leave it there! Picking it up is considered illegal.

Music Lovers Beware
When dining out or going for drinks, make sure to ignore the music. If you are caught tapping your feet or nodding your head to keep time you could be considered a criminal.

At Least You Can't Lose the Shirt Off Your Back
If you get into trouble gambling, make sure to leave your clothing on your back. New Hampshire law forbids the selling of clothing off your back to pay for this type of debt.

Now That Sounds Like a Good Idea
If you’re in NH on a Sunday and wonder why it is so quiet, it may be because the operation of machinery is illegal on Sunday.


New Hampshire is Best Known For...

Had enough of interesting facts about New Hampshire and looking forward to leaving no stone unturned while visiting New Hampshire. We're almost done...our last interesting facts about New Hampshire to check out.

New Hampshire is known for Beautiful weather in the fall, being the first Presidential Primary, and granite rock. Here a list of some of the people born in New Hampshire:

One president has been born in New Hampshire as of 2012: Franklin Pierce.
  • Seth Meyers
  • Mandy Moore
  • Ronnie James Dio
  • John Irving
  • Dan Brown
  • Robert Frost
  • Sarah Silverman
  • J.D. Salinger
  • Alan Shepard
  • Sam Huntington

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