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Bow History
The Town of Bow was chartered in 1727. Some say the Town derived its name from its location at the bow in the Merrimack River, just south of Concord, New Hampshire's state capital. Wherever the origin of the name, many beautiful reminders of the town's beginnings remain.

For most early settlers, farming was a way of life. The many stone walls which line Bow's streets, yesterday's survey tilledfield.jpgmarkers for 100-acre plots of land, continue to remind us of our agricultural past. But industry has long been a mainstay of life in Bow, with local waterways providing the necessary horsepower to fuel several excellent mill sites. oldtownhall.jpgThe Sawmill and Gristmill formed the hub of the section of Town referred to as Bow Mills, one of the first settlements in Bow. 

Regardless of their occupations, Bow has never lacked for people of vision throughout its history. Sergeant John Ordway, a native of Bow was an influentialoldschool.jpgmember of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Christian Science Church, was born and raised in Bow.

Bow has also enjoyed its share of visits by presidents and presidential candidates. From Andrew Jackson's triumphal New England Tour in 1833, to current day "First-in-the-Nation" primary vote seekers, Bow has been the place where our nation's chief executives and New Hampshire meet. In fact, Franklin Pierce, the fourteenth president of the United States, hailed from nearby Hillsboro, NH.

Bow, New Hampshire
TOWN OF BOW    10 GRANDVIEW ROAD    BOW, NH 03304    PH: 603-228-1187    FAX: 603-224-6680