New Hampshire Facts: Little Known Facts About The State of NH
New Hampshire Facts
Bet you didn’t know these 15 strange facts about New Hampshire:
1. The 1995 film “Jumanji” starring Robin Williams was filmed in Keene New Hampshire.
2. New Hampshire’s state vegetable is the Potato. It is believed to be planted in Londonderry, NH in 1719
3. New Hampshire’s Isles of Shoals were originally named Smythe Isles by the explorer John Smith.
4. In New Hampshire you must have a license to sell lightning rods.
5. It is illegal to shoot an animal that was chased up a tree by a dog and not from you.
6. Most of us know that New Hampshire’s state motto is “Live free or die”. What you may not know is that the quote comes from a toast written by New Hampshire revolutionary war hero, John Stark. The full line was “Live free or die: death is not the worst of evils”.
7. New Hampshire has a state sport; it’s skiing
8. The oldest European settlement in New Hampshire is Dover, which dates back to 1623.
9. In 1833 New Hampshire opened its first public library in Peterborough.
10. In 1934 Mount Washington became home to the highest wind speed every recorded by man, 231mph
11. In 2012 New Hampshire was voted the best state to live in
12. New Hampshire has the shortest coast line of any ocean-bordering state with just of 18 miles of mostly rocky coastline.
13. New Hampshire’s original name was North Virginia
14. Alan B. Shepard’s home was located in Derry NH. He was the first man in space. He also has the longest golf drive in history of 2.5 miles… On the moon!
15. New Castle NH is the smallest NH town covering only .8 square miles and its population is roughly 1000.