Webster is a town located in central New Hampshire in the Merrimack Valley region of the state. It is situated in central Merrimack County and encompasses a total area of 28.6 square miles, .7 of which is water. As of the 2010 United States Census, Webster was home to 1,872 people.
The land that comprises Webster was originally the Western portion of Boscawen, a town that was incorporated in 1760. Residents of the area petitioned for separation in 1791, though it wasn’t granted until 1860. It was then that Webster was officially created and incorporated into a town, taking its name from the famed Secretary of State Daniel Webster.
Less than 3 percent of Webster’s total area is made up of water. It includes Lake Winnepocket and Pillsbury Lake, and its highest point lies at a summit in the center of town, where elevation reaches 870 feet above sea level. The town is home to several villages, including Dingit Corner, Gerrish Corner, Snyders Mill, Swetts Mill and Courser Mill. It is served by New Hampshire Route 127 and Interstate 89. Neighboring towns include Boscawen, Warner, Contoocook, Hopkinton and Salisbury.
Webster is governed by an elected Board of Selectmen. The town boasts a full-time and part-time police department, a volunteer fire department and volunteer emergency medical services. Top employers in the area include White Mountain Imaging, Kimball Sheet Metal, Santa-Cruz Associates and Mellon Company. Children in the area attend schools in the Merrimack Valley Regional School District, which also serves Boscawen, Loudon, Salisbury and Penacook.
For recreation and entertainment, Webster residents can take advantage of the town’s municipal parks, youth organizations, sports leagues, fishing and hunting areas, campgrounds, snowmobile trails and cross country skiing. The town also boasts a free public library and is within close driving distance of the Pat’s Peak and Ragged Mountain ski areas.