Tamworth, New Hampshire
The Tamworth Town House (1794)
The Tamworth Town House (1794)
Official seal of Tamworth, New Hampshire
Location in Carroll County, New Hampshire
Coordinates: 43°51′34″N 71°15′46″W / 43.85944°N 71.26278°W / 43.85944; -71.26278Coordinates: 43°51′34″N 71°15′46″W / 43.85944°N 71.26278°W / 43.85944; -71.26278
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
 • Board of Selectmen
  • Emery Roberts, Chair
  • Kelly Goodson
  • Karl Behr
  • Lianne Prentice
  • Richard Doucette
 • Town AdministratorKeats Myer
 • Total60.7 sq mi (157.1 km2)
 • Land59.5 sq mi (154.2 km2)
 • Water1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)  1.81%
524 ft (160 m)
 • Total2,812
 • Density47/sq mi (18.2/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP codes
03886 (Tamworth)
03817 (Chocorua)
03875 (Silver Lake)
03883 (South Tamworth)
03897 (Wonalancet)
Area code(s)603
FIPS code33-76100
GNIS feature ID0873736

Tamworth is a town in Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 2,812 at the 2020 census.[2] Tamworth includes the villages of Chocorua, South Tamworth, Wonalancet, and Whittier. The White Mountain National Forest is to the north. The town is home to Hemenway State Forest in the north and White Lake State Park in the southeast.


Post office in South Tamworth, NH
Post office in South Tamworth, NH

Granted in 1766 by colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, this town was named in honor of his close friend, British Admiral Washington Shirley, Viscount Tamworth. The admiral's daughter, Selina Shirley, was instrumental in the founding of Dartmouth College. The village of Whittier, like Mount Whittier in Ossipee, is named for the poet John Greenleaf Whittier.

The Chinook Kennels here raised sled dogs for the Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd Antarctic expeditions and the Army's search-and-rescue units. The Barnstormers Theatre summer playhouse was established here in 1931 by Francis Grover Cleveland, son of President Grover Cleveland. He supported the theatre until his death in 1995. Barnstormers is hailed as the oldest continuously running professional theatre in the state.

At the turn of the 20th century, many people travelled to the White Mountains of New Hampshire seeking haven from the noise of the cities and the business of urban life. Thinkers, artists and writers such as William and Henry James, E.E. Cummings, friends and descendants of Julia Ward Howe and many others vacationed in the Tamworth area.


Mill Pond c. 1910, with Mount Chocorua in the distance
Mill Pond c. 1910, with Mount Chocorua in the distance

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 60.7 square miles (157.1 km2), of which 59.5 square miles (154.2 km2) are land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2) are water, comprising 1.81% of the town.[1] Tamworth is drained by the Bearcamp River and its tributaries the Chocorua, Wonalancet, and Swift rivers. Chocorua Lake is to the north. The entire town is part of the Saco River watershed. The highest point in Tamworth is the summit of Black Snout Mountain at 2,689 feet (820 m) above sea level, located precisely at the southwest corner of the town, within the Ossipee Mountain range.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[2][3]
A small dam on the Chocorua River in the village of Chocorua
A small dam on the Chocorua River in the village of Chocorua

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,510 people, 1,074 households, and 675 families residing in the town. The population density was 41.9 people per square mile (16.2/km2). There were 1,662 housing units at an average density of 27.7 per square mile (10.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.05% White, 0.16% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.36% from other races, and 1.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.64% of the population.

There were 1,074 households, out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.86.

Chocorua Village c. 1912
Chocorua Village c. 1912

In the town, the population was spread out, with 23.7% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,200, and the median income for a family was $41,121. Males had a median income of $30,389 versus $23,352 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,961. About 7.1% of families and 9.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.2% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.


The Carroll County Transit "Blue Loon" Public Route began operating in January 2012 and new, 16-passenger, wheelchair accessible buses are now rolling through the county.

The Carroll County Transit system includes an all-day flex-route connector service that originates in Wolfeboro (Bus Route # 2), runs north along Route 28 to West Ossipee and continues north along Route 16, traveling to Conway, and North Conway (Bus Route # 1). The service is provided using two buses running in opposite directions (Bus Routes # 1 & 2). Additionally, a fixed-route connector operates twice a day between West Ossipee and Laconia (Route #3). Transfer between the bus routes takes place in West Ossipee.[5]

As of December 2012, the Concord Coach bus stop in West Ossipee is available. This route connects the region with destinations as far south as Boston and as far north as Berlin, New Hampshire.

Five New Hampshire State Routes cross Tamworth:

Notable people


The 1942 epic Look to the Mountain, by LeGrand Cannon, Jr., takes place in Tamworth as 19-year-old Whit Livingston and his new wife, 16-year-old Melissa Butler, become the first white pioneer family to settle the area.[9]


The village of Chocorua in Tamworth is home to the stormwater modeling software company HydroCAD, Inc.[10]

Sites of interest


  1. ^ a b "2021 U.S. Gazetteer Files – New Hampshire". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 1, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "Tamworth town, Carroll County, New Hampshire: 2020 DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved November 1, 2021.
  3. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  4. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "Carroll County Transit". Archived from the original on 2015-04-29. Retrieved 2015-05-16.
  6. ^ A Handbook of New England. P.E. Sargent. 1917-01-01. pp. 746–747.
  7. ^ "Tuesday, July 24th: At Home with John Davidson". YouTube.
  8. ^ Mace, Emily (2012-07-28). "Luscomb, Florence Hope (1887-1985)". Harvard Square Library. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  9. ^ "Look to the Mountain". Goodreads. Retrieved 2017-02-25.
  10. ^ "Hydrocad". new-hampshire.business-us.org. Retrieved 2017-02-25.