Wentworth is a town located in Western New Hampshire in the Dartouth/Sunapee region of the state. It is situated in the central part of Grafton County and encompasses a total area of 42 square miles, .5 of which is water. As of the 2010 United States Census, Wentworth was home to 911 people.
The land that comprises Wentworth was first granted in 1766 by Governor Benning Wentworth. The town as named for Wentworth himself, and settlement of the area began shortly thereafter. In its early years, Wentworth was primarily a farming town. In the 1800s, the Baker River provides water power to a number of sawmills, lumber mills and other industrial factories.
Less than 2 percent of Wentworth’s total area is made up of water. The town is home to Baker River, Upper Baker Pond, Lower Baker Pond, Pond Brook and South Branch Baker River. Its highest point lies at Carr Mountain, where elevation reaches 3,453 feet above sea level. The town is served by New Hampshire Routes 25, 25A and 118, as well as Interstate 93.
Wentworth is governed by an elected Board of Selectmen. The town boasts a part-time police department, a volunteer fire department and volunteer emergency medical services. Top employers in the area include King Forest Lumber Co., Precision Lumber, Shawnee’s and Burning Bush. Children in the town attend Wentworth Elementary School for grades kindergarten through eighth. For grades nine through 12, they attend Pemi-Baker Cooperative School District, which also serves the nearby towns of Ashland, Campton, Holderness, Plymouth, Rumney and Thornton.
For recreation and entertainment, Wentworth residents can enjoy the town’s municipal parks, tennis courts, youth sports leagues, campgrounds, fishing and hunting areas, snowmobile trails and local waterfront areas. The town also boasts a free library, a historical society and a variety of public events, activities and classes.