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Tuftonboro, New Hampshire


Tuftonboro, New Hampshire

Tuftonboro, New Hampshire
Melvin Village from Lake Winnipesaukee c. 1906
Melvin Village from Lake Winnipesaukee c. 1906
Motto: The Diamond in the Heart of New Hampshire
Location in Carroll County, New Hampshire
Location in Carroll County, New Hampshire
Country United States
State New Hampshire
County Carroll
Incorporated 1795
 • Board of Selectmen Daniel J. Duffy, Chair
Carolyn Sundquist
Lloyd P. Wood
 • Total 50.0 sq mi (129.5 km2)
 • Land 41.0 sq mi (106.1 km2)
 • Water 9.0 sq mi (23.4 km2)  18.07%
Elevation 988 ft (301 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,387
 • Density 48/sq mi (18/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 03816, 03850, 03853, 03894
Area code(s) 603
FIPS code 33-77620
GNIS feature ID 0873741

Tuftonboro is a town in Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 2,387 at the 2010 census.[1] Bounded on the southwest by Lake Winnipesaukee, Tuftonboro includes the villages of Tuftonboro Corner, Center Tuftonboro, Melvin Corner, Melvin Village and Mirror Lake.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Site of interest 4
  • Notable people 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The United Methodist Church in Tuftonboro

Tuftonboro was the only incorporated place in New Hampshire owned by just one man, John Tufton Mason, for whom the town was named. Following the 1741 separation of New Hampshire from Massachusetts, Mason was heir to the Masonian Claim, the undivided lands of northern New Hampshire. He sold them in 1746 to a group of Portsmouth merchants, thereafter known as the Masonian Proprietors. They disposed of the land via grants to prospective settlers prior to the Revolution.

The town was granted as Tuftonborough in 1750 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, and first settled about 1780. It was incorporated by the legislature on December 17, 1795. By 1859, when the population was 1,305, the principal occupation was raising cattle and sheep across the hilly terrain. Other industries included 2 sawmills, one sash, blind and door factory, one carriage factory, and 2 gristmills.[2]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 50.0 square miles (129 km2), of which 41.0 square miles (106 km2) is land and 9.0 square miles (23 km2) is water, comprising 18.07% of the town.[3] Tuftonboro is drained by the Melvin River and Beech River. Mirror Lake is in the south, and Dan Hole Pond is in the north. The highest point in Tuftonboro is the south peak of Mount Shaw, elevation 2,930 feet (890 m) above sea level, on the town's northwest boundary.

Tuftonboro has miles of winding back roads, rolling fields, old homesteads and beautiful scenic views of the Ossipee Mountains to the northeast. New Hampshire routes 171, 109, and 109A cross the town, all generally in a northwest to southeast direction.

Melvin Village, a village of Tuftonboro, is a summer vacation spot on Melvin Bay of Lake Winnipesaukee. It has a marina and many lakeside homes and cottages that are for rent. It is also a popular spot for antique shopping. Melvin Village is in the western part of Tuftonboro, near the town of Moultonborough.

Also part of Tuftonboro are several islands in Lake Winnipesaukee including Little Bear Island and Cow Island among others.


Wawbeek Lodge c. 1920

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,148 people, 926 households, and 665 families residing in the town. The population density was 52.2 people per square mile (20.2/km²). There were 2,019 housing units at an average density of 49.1 per square mile (19.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.32% White, 0.23% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.05% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.42% of the population.

There were 926 households out of which 23.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.9% were married couples living together, 5.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.1% were non-families. 22.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.68.

Profile Rock c. 1910

In the town the population was spread out with 19.8% under the age of 18, 3.8% from 18 to 24, 22.5% from 25 to 44, 31.8% from 45 to 64, and 22.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 97.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $45,729, and the median income for a family was $51,875. Males had a median income of $36,181 versus $27,109 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,070. About 4.4% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.1% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.

Site of interest

  • Tuftonboro Historical Society & Museum

Notable people


  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
  2. ^ Boston, Massachusetts 1859A History and Description of New England;A. J. Coolidge & J. B. Mansfield,
  3. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001) - Tuftonboro town, New Hampshire". U.S. Census Bureau American Factfinder. Retrieved November 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  5. ^ "Carlson Shows Oils, Water Colors; Whitman Pencil Paintings Also at Public Library Now".  
  6. ^ Murdock, Kenneth B. (1934). by Cornelius Weygandt"The White Hills: Mountain New Hampshire, Winnepesaukee to Washington by Thomas Dreier; Sunny Meadows".  
  7. ^ "Sunny Meadows Farm Philosophy".  

External links

  • Town of Tuftonboro official website
  • Tuftonboro Free Library
  • New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Profile
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