Plymouth is a town located in Eastern New Hampshire in the Lakes region of the state. It is situated in Southern Grafton County and encompasses a total area of 28.7 square miles, .6 of which is water. As of the 2010 United States Census, Plymouth was home to 6,990 people.
Originally the site of an Abenaki Indian village, Plymouth was granted to settlers from Hollis by Governor Benning Wentworth. Most of the early settlers had been soldiers in the French and Indian war and many had come from all the way from Plymouth, Massachusetts, hence the town’s name. In 1763, Plymouth was officially incorporated and, in 1845 and 1860, it annexed portions of Hebron and Campton, respectively.
Just two percent of Plymouth is made up of water. It includes parts of the Pemigewasset River and Baker River, and its highest point is located at Tenny Mountain, where elevation reaches 2,310 feet about sea level. Over the years, Plymouth has been home to many notable events and sites. Author Nathaniel Hawthorne died in the town, while on vacation with President Franklin Pierce in 1864. Babe Ruth and other major league baseball players also frequented the town, as the well-known Draper and Maynard Sporting Goods Company was located there in the early 20th century. The town is also home to the Smith Millennium Bridge, The Flying Monkey Movie House, the Boy Scout Fountain and Plymouth State University.
The town of Plymouth is governed by an elected Board of Selectmen. It boasts a full-time police department, a municipal fire department and municipal emergency medical services. Top employers in the area include Plymouth State University, Speare Memorial Hospital, NH Electric Cooperative, Hannaford Brothers and Plymouth Regional High School. For education, children in the area attend Plymouth Elementary School for grades kindergarten through eight and Plymouth High School for grades nine through 12.