Groton is a town located in Western New Hampshire in the Dartmouth/Sunapee region of the state. It is situated in the central part of Grafton County and encompasses a total area of 40.8 square miles, only .1 of which is land. As of the 2010 United States Census, Groton was home to 593 people.
The land that comprises Groton was first granted in 1761. At the time, it was called Cockermouth, in honor of Charles Wyndham, the Baron of Cockermouth at the time. The area?s grantees failed to settle, and the land was regranted in 1776. Settlement of the area began and the community became known as ?Groton,? in honor of settler Samuel Blood’s hometown in Massachusetts of the same name. In 1796, Groton was officially incorporated as a town.
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Less than 1 percent of Groton’s total area is made up of water. The town includes parts of Cockermouth River, and its highest point lies at Tenney Mountain, where elevation reaches 2,350 feet above sea level. Groton is located completely within the Merrimack River watershed. The area is served by Interstate 93 and is 36 miles from the nearest airport, Lebanon Municipal.
Groton is governed by an elected Board of Selectmen. The town boasts a part-time police department, and utilizes the volunteer fire department and emergency medical services from the nearby town of Hebron. Top employers in the area include TLC Tree & Crane Service, Gordon Coursey & Sons LLC and Maxam. Children in the area attend schools in the Newfound Area School District, which also serves the nearby towns of Alexandria, Bridgewater, Bristol, Danbury, Hebron and New Hampton.
For recreation and entertainment, Groton residents can enjoy the town’s municipal parks, museums, campgrounds, fishing and hunting areas and snowmobile trails. Groton also boasts the Tenney Mountain ski area, the Mary Baker Eddy Historic House, the Sculptured Rocks Natural Area and the N. Groton School House.