Danville is a town located in the Southeastern corner of New Hampshire, in the Seacoast region of the state. The town is situated in central Rockingham County and encompasses a total area of 11.9 square miles, all but .2 of which is land. As of the 2011 U.S. Census, Danville is home to 4,401 people.
The town was first incorporated in 1760 under the name Hawke, a tribute to Admiral Sir Edward Hawke. Since the town?s original name was not well-liked among its citizens, it was renamed Danville in the year 1836, presumably after three of its early settlers ? all of whom were named Daniel. The original town hall, Hawke Meeting House, is still standing, making it the oldest meeting house in New Hampshire to still exist within its original structure. In 1982, the noteworthy building was put on the National Register of Historic Places.
Danville is a comprised of mostly land, though the southern two-thirds lie within the Merrimack River watershed and the northern third rests in the Piscataqua River watershed. The town’s highest points are located at Rock Rimmon Hill, where the elevation reaches over 350 feet, and at a nameless hill located on Danville?s western border, which also surpasses 350 feet.
The town of Danville is governed by an elected Board of Selectmen. Children in the area attend schools in the Timberlane Regional School District, which includes five elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. The district also serves the nearby towns of Sandown, Plaistow and Atkinson. Danville has a full-time police department, a part-time fire department and municipal emergency medical services. The biggest employers in the area include Danville Chenille Co., Inc., Post Wood Working, CZ Machine and Reinforced Plastics. Danville also boasts a number of recreational attractions and events such as an outdoor tennis court, youth organizations, a plethora of youth sports opportunities, campgrounds, fishing, hunting and boating.