Gorham, NH - A beautiful New England town, and a fun destination, consider Gorham, NH.

NH Community Profiles: Gorham, NH                                              

 

Gorham, NH

The home of the Mount Washington Auto Road, Gorham sits at the intersection of Routes 2 and 16 on the Androscoggin River, about six miles south of Berlin. With its picture-postcard town green surrounded by the library and playing fields, and varied services, Gorham has much to offer travelers. The collection of shops, outdoor outfitters and traveler services provide hikers, bikers and motorists both the necessary and the unusual.

When chartered in 1770 by Governor John Wentworth, Gorham was a small and rocky town composed of farms and small industry. The town's incorporation in 1836 was quickly followed by the arrival of the railroad in 1851. Soon, Gorham, located midway between to the seashore and Montreal, became a hub for trains and their repair and maintenance.

The town's combination of natural beauty and accessibility by rail soon attracted tourists. As the website A Guide To The Towns Of Gorham, Berlin, Jefferson, Randolph & Shelburne, NH states: "Tourism developed hand-in-hand with the railroad and made Gorham a relatively prosperous town for most of the late 19th century." This past is celebrated today, at Gorham Historical Society's Railroad Museum, located at 25 Railroad Street.

With tourism came sophisticated attitudes shared by the town's residents. The Medallion Opera House was constructed in 1915, and operates today as an event and concert venue. An 1800s era private home was transformed into the Gorham Public Library, which was relocated to its Railroad Street location in 1997.

The arriving in 1861, the Mount Washington Auto Road, provides visitors with amazing views of the White Mountains. According to www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com, "When first opened as the Mt. Washington Carriage Road, Abraham Lincoln was president and the Union was made up of 34 states. In fact, the Road preceded many of today's most common items: the telephone, light bulb and the camera." The Auto Road celebrated its 150 year anniversary in 2011.

The nearby Cog Railway, which according to boston.com, "Reached the mountain top in 1869, and today also bears the distinction of being the second steepest climbing train in the world -- after the cog train that climbs the Gemmi Pass in Switzerland's Bernese Alps." The Cog Railway is celebrating 140+ years.

For the outdoor enthusiast, the 18-mile Presidential Range winds through stunning landscapes, past the Israel and Moose Rivers, along the perimeter of the White Moutain National Forest. Trail access is available off Route 2 in Gorham, Hazen Road off Route 2 Whitefield, or Randolph at the Castle Trailhead. Hiking, biking and horseback riding are always permitted, while ATVs, motorized trail bikes and snowmobiles are allowed in snow cover only.

Perfect for history buffs and anyone who enjoys nature, Gorham offers plenty of activities. A variety of lodging and dining choices abound, and the Androscoggin Valley Country Club offers a full 18 holes. The mountain community of Gorham offers expected charm and welcoming unexpected surprises.

 

FLASH Facts

Town: Gorham
Population: 2,848   (2010)
Size: 32.3 sq. miles
GPS: 44* 23' 16" N
71* 10' 23" W
Adjoining Towns:
 
Berlin, Martins Location, Randolph, Shelburne
Chamber: Androscoggin Valley
City Profile: NH ELMI
Airports:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Commercial
Portland International (PWM)

General
Gorham Municipal (2G8)
Twin Mountain (8B2)
Berlin Regional (BML)
Attractions
 
 
 
Great Glen Trails, Story Land, Railroad Museum, Snowmobile Trails
Beaches:
 
 
Moose Brook,
Libby's Pool,
3rd Hole

Bus Service: Concord Trailways
Foliage:
 
Approximately
Sept 17 - Oct 1
Interstate:
 
I-93 (40 miles)
Lodging:
 
9 Properties, 388 + rooms
Market Area: Berlin/Gorham
Medical: Androscoggin Valley
Newspapers:
 
 
Berlin Daily Sun,
Conway Daily Sun,
Berlin Reporter
Restaurants: 10+
Train Service: None
Nearby
Water:
 
50 + rivers & fishing streams
Noteworthy:
 
 
Jericho Mountain ATV Park - (10 Minutes)
 

 

Photo Galleries

 

Miss Berlin-Gorham Competition 2012 New England Brewfest 2014 RiverFire, Berlin, NH 2012 Sugar Hill Lupine Festival Gallery 2012 Bristol-Gorham Foliage
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Attractions

 

  Clark's Trading Post
  Cog Railway
  Competition Complex
  Conway Scenic Railroad
  Flume
  Jericho Mountain ATV Park
  Kancamagus Highway
  Littleton Riverwalk
  Lost River Gorge
  Mt. Washington Auto Road
  Polar Caves
  Santa's Village
  Six Gun City
  Storyland
  Vertical Ventures
  Whale's Tail Water Park
  Woodstock Inn & Brewery

 

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Community Profiles

 

  Bethlehem
  Bretton Woods
  Colebrook
  Conway
  Franconia
  Gorham
  Hanover
  Jackson
  Lebanon
  Lincoln
  Littleton
  North Conway
  Pittsburg
  Plymouth
  Twin Mountain
  Whitefield
  Wolfeboro

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Recreation and Tourism

 

  Farm To Table Restaurants
  Hiking To Crash Sites
  Little Ski Areas
  Local Movie Theaters
  Local Performance Theaters

 

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Other Resources

  NH Census Info
  NH Community Profiles (ELMI)
  NH Data (OEP)
  NH Fishing Guide
  NH Foliage Report
  NH Lottery
  NH Movie Guide
  NH Ski Reports
  NH Snowmobile Trail Reports
  NH State Parks
  NH Hiking Trail Conditions
  NH Road Conditions
  NH Weather
  VisitNH.gov
  White Mtn. National Forest

 

 

 

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