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About the town of Newington, NH


The bustling town of Newington was founded in 1764 as part of Dover and Squamscott known as Bloody Point. The name derived from a successful counter attack against Indians in the year 1600. In 1714 the town was given the name Newington Parish following a boundary dispute with Greenland. Today, almost half of the town’s 8.5 square miles of land is occupied by The Pease Developmental Authority, originally ceased by the U.S. Air Force during the 1900’s. The remaining sum of land is home to around 750 residents and a prevalent industrial community.

Despite Newington’s small population, the town draws in an estimated 30,000 shoppers and workers on a daily basis. New Hampshire’s third largest retail market, Fox Run Mall, is located right in town and is the only regional shopping mall within a 40 mile radius. Convenient highway access and the state’s non-existent sales tax attract shoppers from areas of Maine and Massachusetts. For consumers with a passion for vintage décor, Newington and neighboring towns have acquired many antique shops throughout the years.

This industrial riverfront community is also home to New Hampshire’s largest deep water port. Storage facilities accommodate over 3 million barrels of various resources including oil, gas, liquefied petroleum gas, and asphalt. Large quantities of salt and gypsum rock are also filtered through the town’s port.  Other various industrial operations have emerged over the years including New Hampshire’s third and fourth largest electrical power plants.

In response to the rapid development of new construction, residents have taken an active part in the preservation of the town’s fading heritage. Newington is full of historical landmarks, architecture, and archeological sites. Many of the homes occupied by current residents are part of the town’s history and possess characteristics of Newington’s previous generations.

For commuting purposes, Newington has easy access to locations within and out of state. U.S Route 4 runs both east of west from East Greenbush to Portsmouth and Vermont. New Hampshire State Route 16 runs north to south, from the seacoast region to lakes region. The town is within 4 miles from Exit 5 on Interstate I-95 which runs along the country’s east coast. Train service is provided by Pan Am Railways formerly known as the Guilford Rail Service. COAST offers bus service between New Hampshire and Maine. For scheduled airport service, Manchester-Boston Regional is located within 50 miles from the center of town.

Driving distance to select cities:
Manchester, NH                               47 miles
Concord, NH                                      43 miles
Boston, MA                                        59 miles
Portland, ME                                      56 miles

Some points of interest include-
The Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge: The refuge is a member of the National Wildlife Refuge System put in place by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service. Great Bay Refuge is home to many of the state’s rare and endangered species. The land is covered with mudflats, swamps, ponds, streams, woodlands, and both salt and freshwater marshes. Visitors can participate in various recreational activities including observing the unique wildlife, hiking and biking along scenic trails, and occasional hunting. During the winter season, the refuge has New Hampshire’s greatest concentration of wintering bald eagles.
Emergency Services-

The Newington Police Department is made up of both full-time and part-time personnel. Due to the large presence of commercial and industrial businesses, the department is responsible for the high volume of employees and consumers in addition to the town’s small population.

The Newington Fire Department is made up of full-time personnel and supplemented by paid on-call members. The department remains open 24 hours, seven days a week with at least two full-time firefighters on duty at all times.

Driving distance to nearest hospital:
Portsmouth Regional, Portsmouth           5 miles

The School System-
Newington belongs to School Administrative Unit #50 along with the neighboring towns of Greenland, New Castle, Portsmouth and Rye. The town provides education at Newington Public School for grades K-6th. Once students enter grades 7-12th they are sent to Portsmouth High School.

Nearby Colleges: Within an easy commuting distance are Great Bay Community College and University of New Hampshire.


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