New Hampshire, a small state well-known for its quaint towns, was named by Captain John Mason after the Hampshire County in England.
Here are few quick facts about New Hampshire:
- State capital – Concord
- State motto of New Hampshire – Live Free or Die
- State songs – “Old New Hampshire” and “New Hampshire, My New Hampshire”
- Nick names – Granite State; Mother of Rivers; White Mountain State; Switzerland of America
- State insect – Ladybug
- State flower – Purple Lilac
- State bird – Purple Finch
- State animal – White-Tail Deer
- State tree – White Birch
- State sport – Skiing
Interesting facts about New Hampshire:
- Industries that act as main drivers for the New Hampshire’s economy include textiles, tourism, electronic equipment, lumber, light metal and software. Manchester’s Amoskeag Mill was once the world’s largest textile mill.
- The state has a vast amount of granite and so it is known as The Granite State.
- Manchester, New Hampshire’s largest city, has the largest population in the state. Around 110,000 people live in Manchester.
- Alan Shepard Jr., America’s first astronaut is a New Hampshirite. Likewise, the state is home to Christa McAuliffe, a school teacher, the first private civilian to travel into space.
- Franklin Pierce (President), Robert Frost (poet), John Irving (writer), Daniel Webster (statesman), Benjamin Keith (theater entrepreneur) and Augustus Saint-Gaudens (sculptor) are some of the famous New Hampshirites.
- Nine American states do not require their residents to pay state income tax. New Hampshire is one of those nine states.
- There are 65 state parks and one national forest in the state.
Must see places in New Hampshire:
- Mt. Washington Cog Railway and Museum
- Strawbery Banke
- Lake Winnipesaukee
- Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway and Franconia Notch
- Portsmouth Harbor Trail and Historic Houses
- Mt. Monadnock
- Kancamagus Highway
- Hampton Beach
- North Conway and Mt. Washington Valley Ski Resorts
- Currier Museum of Art and Zimmerman House
- Story Land
If you are planning on visiting New Hampshire, don’t miss visiting any of the above mentioned places. Let us know what you like and know about New Hampshire by visiting our Facebook and Twitter pages!