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.

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