New Hampshire Fun Facts


The did you knows about New Hampshire 2019.

New Hampshire’s nickname: The Granite State

New Hampshire’s capital: Concord

Name before statehood: Providence of New Hampshire

Largest City: Manchester

New Hampshire’s state motto: Live Free or Die – A quote from General John Stark “Live free or die; death is not the worst of evils.”

New Hampshire current governor: Chris Sununu – The Governor’s page if you’d like to learn more is

State flower: Purple Lilac

State wild flower: Lady Slipper

State animal: White-tailed Deer

State fruit: Pumpkin

State bird: Purple Finch

State veggie: White Potato

State tree: White Birch

State beverage: Apple Cider

State rock: Granite

State sport: Skiing

State Emblem: Old Man of the Mountain

New Hampshire Firsts:

  1. First state in the primaries.
  2. First state to declare it independence from England. 9th to become a state.
  3. First American in space was from NH.
  4. First Attorney General of the United State was from NH.

Invented in NH:

  1. Alarm clock
  2. Tupperware
  3. Segway
  4. The snow mobile

Products made in NH:

  1. Stonyfield Yogurt
  2. Burdick Mice
  3. Segway
  4. Velcro
  5. The Old Farmer’s Almanac
  6. Globe Fire Suits
  7. Badger Balm
  8. Timberland Boots
  9. Ruger Firearms
  10. New Hampshire Pewter
  11. Mountain T-shirts
  12. Wilcox Industries

Just to name a few! 😉

Famous Historical figures from New Hampshire:

  1. General John Stark – Famous Revolutionary War general in which our state motto comes from.
  2. Daniel Webster – Famous orator and politician.
  3. Robert Frost – A famous poet who wrote about New England’s people and landscapes.  while he was born in San Francisco. He lived for a time in Derry and Franconia.
  4. Sarah Josepha Hale – Author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and led the way on suggesting Thanksgiving as a national holiday.
  5. Christa McAuliffe – A Concord teacher who died in the space shuttle Challenger explosion.
  6. Goody Cole – Only witch ever convicted in NH.
  7. Earl Silas Tupper – Found of Tupperware.
  8. Franklin Pierce – 14th president of the United States.
  9. Eleanor Porter – Author of Pollyanna
  10. Bob Montana – Creator of comic strip “Archie”
  11. Alan B Shephard Jr – First American in space.
  12. Josiah Barlett – NH representative to sign the “Declaration of Independence” and first Governor of New Hampshire

This is just a short list. For more information or more famous historical people from NH check out

Famous Celebrities from New Hampshire:

  1. Dan Brown – Author of the Da Vinci Code
  2. John Irving – Author of Cider House Rules
  3. Triple H – Wrestle
  4. Adam Sandler – actor/ producer
  5. Mandy Moore – Singer/ actress
  6. JD Salinger – Author of Catcher in the Rye
  7. Samuel Bode Miller – Olympic Gold Medal alpine skier.
  8. Jodi Picoult – Author of My Sister’s Keeper

This is just a short list. For more information or more famous people from NH check out

Famous places in New Hampshire:

  1. Lake Winnipesaukee – This is the largest lake in New Hampshire and the 3rd largest in New England.
  2. Mount Washington – This is a 6000 mountain located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and is known for having the worst weather in the world. Check it out at

Famous books set or written in New Hampshire:

  1. Fortune’s Rock by Anita Shreve was set in New Hampshire.
  2. The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving is set and written in New Hampshire.
  3. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious is set near Lake Winnipesaukee.
  4. Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult is set and written in New Hampshire.

These are just a few. I may make a more comprehensive list later. It would be a fun series to read and write about; New Hampshire reading through the year…

Famous movies set or filmed in New Hampshire:

  1. Jumanji with Robin Williams was set and filled in New Hampshire. It was filmed mostly in Keene.
  2. Justice of Mind was filmed in Milford and Merrimack NH.
  3. Before I Sleep with Bonny Wright, Ginny from Harry Potter, was filmed in Franconia, NH.
  4. The Good Son with Macaulay Culkin and Elijah Woods has scenes filmed in NH including the car accident scene and the ice skating scene.
  5. Thinner, a book by Stephen King turned movie, has scenes filmed in Portsmouth, NH.
  6. Labor Day with Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin has scenes shot in Salem, NH.

These are just a few of the films that have scenes shot in New Hampshire.

Going Local NH is Back!

cropped-going-local-nh-logo-1.pngIt’s time to give Going Local NH some new steam. It’s back and live again.  Starting today I shall be bringing you a new blog post every other week on what is happening in New Hampshire. The opening post will be a fun fact about New Hampshire post.  After that I’ll be working on a few series. Some of the series I will be bring to you are:

  1. Farm to Table – This is where I’ll be checking out local farmers’ markets and farms. New Hampshire has some amazing farms. It’s not just limited to produce either.  There are some really great pig farms, cattle and bison ranches, and chicken and turkey farms. There are sugar shacks that produce some delicious maple syrup. I know there are Canadian and Vermont Maple syrup snobs but give New Hampshire a try!  It’s really SWEET. 😉 You can even get fresh seafood! From these adventures I’ll pick out some goodies to take home.  With those goodies, I’ll try some recipes and post the tasty results. This won’t be limited to only fun adult meals but some baby purees too.
  2. Drink Around New Hampshire – This series I’ll take you on an inside tour of New Hampshire’s local breweries, wineries, meaderies and distilleries maybe even a few local soda shops and farms that produce juices. This is one of my favorite blogs to do because my husband and I head out with friends and everyone enjoys a great afternoon together over a local beverage. A lot of the local wineries and breweries are family friendly, having pub food and games for the kids. Most of the wineries offer place for the kids to run around outside where the family can enjoy a nice picnic. Cheers!
  3. Family Friendly Short Hikes – I am one for the big hikes with the big views and I will definitely blog about those but I want to start with the hikes that are closer to my heart right now.  I’ve just had a little one and he loves being outside and exploring new things but between feedings, diapers and naps we aren’t ready for big hikes so I’m going to bring you those hikes in New Hampshire that are still adventure packed and have great views but aren’t overwhelming for those of you with littles. This is one feature I love about New Hampshire, you can hike for days, a day or an hour and still enjoy all the beauty New Hampshire has to offer.

These are just a few of the series I plan to write.  I’ll also have blogs about fun parks to venture out to, local heroes (historical and current) to check out and local crafts to enjoys. Please stick around there is more to come!!

If there is something you want me to check out don’t hesitate to point me in the right direction. I love sharing New Hampshire goodies with everyone!

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