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sides blacksmiths, coopers, car-
penters, masons, machinists, &c.
Total value of goods annually
manufactured is estimated at

Resources. Productions of the
soil, $152,140; mechanical labor,
$27,700; stocks and money at in-
terest, $10,325; deposits in savings
banks, $70,179; stock in trade,

Villages. There are two very
pleasant villages. At Barnstead
Parade there is a church, school-
house, hotel, store, saw-mill, and
twenty-five or thirty dwelling-
houses. Rev. Enos George was a
resident of this village for over
fifty years. He died about 1859.
Barnstead Centre lies on the Sun-
cook, about two miles north of the
Parade. Here are two stores, ho-
tel, town-house, church, school-
house, mills, shoe manufactory,
several mechanical shops, of vari-
ous kinds, and about fifty dwelling

Churches and Schools. Chris-
tian, Rev. J. H. Nutter, Rev. J. H.
Davis, pastors; Congregational, at
the Parade, Rev. W. O. Carr, pas-
tor ; Freewill Baptist, Rev. M. A.
Quinby, pastor.

There are fifteen schools. Aver-
age length of schools for the year,
nineteen weeks. (See table.)

First Settlement. Rev. Joseph
Adams and others received a grant
of this town, May 20, 1727. Set-
tlements commenced 1767. In
1775 there were 250 inhabitants
in town; in 1790, 807.

Hotel. Shackford House; Cen-

First Ministers. A Congrega-
tional church was organized in
1804, and the Rev. Enos George
became its pastor; Elder David

Knowlton, freewill Baptist, or-
dained in 1804; died in 1809.

Boundaries. Northeast by Al-
ton, south-east by Strafford, south-
west by Pittsfield, and north-west    *

by Gilmanton. Area, 26,000 acres;
area of improved land, 14,805

Distances. Twenty miles north-
east from Concord, and eighteen
south-east from Gilford.

Railroads. Four miles to Pitts-
field Station, on Suncook Valley
Railroad. The Suncook Valley
Extension to Alton, when built,
will pass through this town. Also
the Concord and Rochester Rail-


Strafford County. The sur-
face of this town is broken and
rocky, the soil being principally a    *

gravelly loam. What is termed
the oak ridges is of a sandy loam,
rich and productive and easily cul-

Rivers and Ponds. Isinglass riv-
er is the principal stream, and
affords some good water power.

One fall in this river is thirty feet
perpendicular. There are thirteen
ponds within the limits of the
town from which flow streams,
furnishing considerable water

Minerals. In some of the rocks,
beautiful and perfect specimens of
quartz crystals, and other tour-
malin, are found. Bog iron ore,
in considerable quantities, may be

Cavern. About two miles from
the center of the town, there is a
remarkable cavern which is con-
sidered quite a curiosity by natu-
ralists. The principal room in this
cavern, is sixty feet in length, from    1

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