Weare is a town located in Southern New Hampshire in the Merrimack Valley region of the state. It is situated in Northern Hillsborough County and encompasses a total area of 59.9 square miles, 1 mile of which is water. As of the 2010 United States Census, Weare was home to 8,785 people.
The land that comprises Weare was first granted in 1735 by Governor Jonathan Belcher to veterans of the Canadian wars. It was named Beverly-Canada, in honor of the settlers’ service as well as their hometown of Beverly, Massachusetts. This grant was later declared invalid, because the Masonian proprietors had already claimed the land. The proprietors regranted the land in 1749 as Hale?s Town. It later became known as Robie’s Town and Weare’s Town. It wasn’t until 1764, when the town was officially incorporated by Governor Benning Wentworth, that it became known as Weare.
Less than 2 percent of Weare’s total area is made up of water. The town is home to Lake Horace, Everett Lake and Piscataquog River. Its highest points lie at Mine Hill, Mount Dearborn and Mount Wallingford, where elevation reaches 1,210-11 feet above sea level. Weare is served by New Hampshire Routes 77, 114 and 149, as well as Interstate 89.
Weare is governed by an elected Board of Selectmen. The town boasts a full-time police department, a municipal fire department and municipal emergency medical services. Top employers in the area include Weare School District, John Stark Regional School District, Granite State Telephone, Town of Weare, Goffstown Truck Center and Country 3 Corners.
Children in the area attend Center Woods Elementary School for grades kindergarten through fourth grade, Weare Middle School for grades fifth through eighth, and John Stark Regional High School for grades ninth through 12th. For recreation and entertainment, residents of Weare can enjoy the town’s parks, tennis courts, museums, youth organizations, sports leagues, campgrounds, fishing and hunting areas, boating marinas, snowmobile and bicycle trails, cross country skiing and local beaches and waterfront areas.