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This community was originally granted in 1732 as Contoocook, after the river of the same name. In 1760, the town was incorporated as Boscawen, in honor of an English admiral, Edward Boscawen, who fought under General Amherst in the conquest of Canada.
Admiral Boscawen was responsible for the capture of the fortress at Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. The Contoocook Fort on the Merrimack, one of the first log forts constructed for protection against the Indians, was built here in 1739. In July 1997, the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery was established by legislature in Boscawen on 104 acres previously used as a state forest. Feel free to learn more about Boscawen, NH!
More About Boscawen, NH
The Town of Boscawen is situated in Merrimack County, on the northern border of Concord, the Capital City of New Hampshire. We are also bordered by the Town of Webster, Salisbury, Franklin, and across the Merrimack River, Northfield and Canterbury.
With a population of approximately 3,900-4,000** citizens, Boscawen still manages to call itself a “small town” with plenty of room for all kinds of outdoor activities, family gatherings, and quiet living that helps make the Town of Boscawen a special place.
Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy our town because we really have such a great mix of 4 season activities available…with rivers, streams, and plenty of open space available for all, our town residents enjoy living in a small, rural community with the great outdoors literally just outside the backdoor.
We haven’t forgotten our roots…small towns are the majority in the State of NH and together, we make things happen.
It’s not just the American Way…It’s the Boscawen Way! Come and visit us…for a day or maybe a year or two! We bet you’ll be happy that you made that choice!
**Recent Census Figures for 2010