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Population: 11,249 (1990); 11,477 (2000); 11,783 (2006)

In 1729, a small village along the Salmon Falls River (named the Newichwannock by the local native Americans) separated from Dover to form the parish of Summersworth. The villagers found the travel to attend the church in Dover to worship on Sunday difficult to impossible in the winter. So, when the population reached a number large enough to support a minister, taxes were collected and a Meetinghouse was erected.

The name derives from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘sumer’ meaning summer and ‘worth’ an ending used in place names meaning manor or town.

The town was formally incorporated in 1754, and the spelling changed when the man who copied out the charter wrote ‘Somersworth’. In 1849, for a variety of economic and political reasons, the area of Somersworth known as Salmon Falls Village incorporated as separate town called Rollinsford. The Great Falls Village area of the town retained the name Somersworth.

Region: Seacoast
County: Strafford
Distance from:
o Manchester, NH: 45 miles
o Boston, MA: 55 miles
o New York, NY: 290 miles
o Montreal, Quebec: 272 miles

Town Hall
Somersworth City Hall
One Government Way
Somersworth, NH 03878

Municipal Information
Government: City Manager and Council
Planning Board: Appointed
Police Department: Full time
Fire Department: Full time
Nearest Hospital: Wentworth-Douglass in Dover (3 miles)

Election Districts
State House District:
67State Senate District: 6
Executive Council District: 2
U.S. Congress House of Representatives District: 1

Maple Wood Elementary School
184 Maple Street Ext
Somersworth, NH 03878
(603) 692-3331

Somersworth High School
11 Memorial Dr
Somersworth, NH 03878
(603) 692-2431

Hill Top School
17 Grand St
Somersworth, NH 03878
(603) 692-2435

Maple Wood Elementary School
184 Maple Street Ext
Somersworth, NH 03878
(603) 692-3331

Somersworth Fire Department
195 Maple Street Ext
Somersworth, NH 03878
(603) 692-3457

Somersworth Police Department
5 Main St
Somersworth, NH 03878
(603) 692-3131

Somersworth Public Library
25 Main St
Somersworth, NH 03878
(603) 692-4587

Electric: PSNH
Gas: Northern Utilities
Water Supplier: Somerswoth Water Works
Sanitation: Surface, gravel pack well
Curbside Trash Pickup: Yes
Telephone: Verizon
Cable television service: Yes

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