DescriptionOne of New Hampshire's earliest towns, Hampton was settled in 1638. The town first was called the Plantation of Winnacunnet. Winnacunnet is an Abenaki Indian word meaning “pleasant pines.” The first tax-supported public school was established in Winnacunnet in 1649 for the education of both boys and girls. The Tuck Museum on Meeting House Green, 40 Park Ave., depicts facets of Hampton's history; phone (603) 929-0781. Across from the Green, Founders Park contains 42 stones representing the town's earliest families.
Nearby Hampton Beach buzzes with activity during the summer, reeling in tourists with its countless water activities, weekly fireworks shows, free evening concerts and fun annual events. The biggest event is the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival, an extravaganza of food and crafts held on the beach the weekend after Labor Day. In June, talented sand artists participate in the Master Sand Sculpting Competition.
Visitor InfoHampton Area Chamber of Commerce 1 Lafayette Rd. HAMPTON, NH 03842. Phone:(603)926-8718