Chartered in 1763 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, the land was considered so inaccessible that the grant was enlarged, making Sandwich one of the largest towns in the state. It was named in honor of John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, said to be the inventor of the sandwich. Sandwich is located on Squam Lake between the The Lakes Region and the White Mountains. It is a classic New England setting with colored forests, winding roads and rolling hills. Sandwich attracts many summer residents and artists. The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen began in Sandwich as “Sandwich Home Industries” in 1920, and continues statewide today. Each fall the town hosts the Sandwich Fair. Sandwich is home to The Durgin Bridge, a covered bridge built in 1864 in the eastern section of town.
Center Harbor separated from the town of New Hampton, and was first incorporated in 1797. The town gets its name from two sources: from its location, centered between Meredith and Moultonborough harbors, and also from the Senter family, who were owners of a large amount of property in the area. The town is located between Lake Winnipesaukee and Squam Lake. The town is also the home of Immaculate Conception Apostolic School, an all-male Roman Catholic boarding school.
The town is named for the first settlers who were grantees from Hampton, among whom were at least sixteen Moultons. Moultonborough is bounded partially by Lake Winnipesaukee in the southwest, and Squam Lake in the northwest corner. The town includes the census-designated place of Suissevale and the community of Lees Mill. Moultonborough is home to the “Castle in the Clouds,” an estate set in the Ossipee Mountains. Thomas Gustave Plant, who made a fortune manufacturing shoes, bought 6,300 acres (25 km2) and hired the Boston architectural firm of J. Williams Beal & Sons to design “Lucknow,” a stone mansion built between 1913 and 1914. The property, with sweeping views of Lake Winnipesaukee, is a popular tourist attraction.
In the heart of Lakes Region, the town of Meredith is situated beside Lake Winnipesaukee. It is home to the Stonedam Island Natural Area and the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad. Meredith is the site of the annual Great Rotary Fishing Derby. The nearby access to the White Mountains and other New Hampshire Lakes creates a great destination for many visitors. The town is located at the junction of U.S. Route 3 and New Hampshire Route 25 at the head of Meredith Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee.
Originally part of Holderness, Ashland received permission from the state government to incorporate their own town in 1868. Located near the geographical center of the state, Ashland is home to Scribner-Fellows State Forest. Ashland is a picturesque rural community, gateway to the Lakes Region and on the southern edge of the White Mountain National Forest. The community of Ashland is bordered on the west by the Pemigewasset River and on the east by Little Squam Lake (the original location of the movie “On Golden Pond”). Ashland offers historical places, outdoor recreational opportunities, local artists and businesses to visit, as well as dining, shopping, and other services.
An agricultural and resort area, Holderness is home to the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center and is located on Squam Lake. Holderness is also home to Holderness School, a co-educational college-preparatory boarding school. The Town of Holderness is in central New Hampshire, nestled between the foothills of the White Mountains and the shores of the Squam Lakes. From early times, Native Americans and then European settlers used the Lakes as a trade route. Goods from the North Country floated across Squam Lake, down the Squam River to the Pemigewasset, and then to the Merrimack and the seacoast. The breathtaking natural beauty of the lakes and mountains is still what draws visitors and residents alike all year round. Yet it doesn’t take long to discover that Holderness and the surrounding towns have wonderful educational, cultural, and commercial assets as well. Shopping, theater, music, restaurants, galleries, lake excursions, and bookstores are all within a few miles of Holderness Village.