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New Hampshire Crazy Laws, Fun Facts, and Trivia

Updated on July 13, 2019
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Thompson Hall at the University of New Hampshire
Thompson Hall at the University of New Hampshire | Source

Crazy Laws

  • You canot sell the clothes you are wearing to pay off a gambling debt.
  • It is illegal to pick up seaweed on a beach.
  • In New Hampshire it is illegal to inhale bus fumes with the intent of inducing euphoria.
  • It is against the law to tap your feet, nod your head, or keep time in any way with the music in a tavern, restaurant or cafe.
  • In Claremont it is illegal to get drunk, picnic, enter at night or, if under the age of 10, enter a cemetery by yourself.
  • You cannot run machinery on a Sunday.
  • It is considered a legal offense to check into a hotel under an assumed name.
  • Citizens may not relieve themselves while looking up on Sundays.


A stop on the Underground Railroad
A stop on the Underground Railroad | Source

Fun Facts and Trivia

  • The first aggressive act of the American Revolution occurred on December 14,1774 when a band of partoits took over Fort William & Mary. They took guns and gunpowder. The fort is now known as Fort Constitution.
  • The state sport of New Hampshire is skiing.
  • Marilla Ricker was the first woman to attempt to vote in New Hampshire (1870), as well as the first woman to attempt to run for governor (1920).
  • New Hampshire was the first of the original thirteen colonies to declare its independence from England. This happened six months before the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
  • In 1963 New Hampshire adopted the first legal lottery in the twentieth century U. S.
  • Dover, settled in 1623, is the oldest permanent settlement in New Hampshire.
  • The state of New Hampshire was named by Captain John Smith after the town of Hampshire, England.
  • The Abnaki, Malecite, Passamaquoddy and Pennacook were the Native Indians of New Hampshire.
  • There were Underground Railroad stations in Hanover, Canaan, Durham, Manchester, and several other locations in the state.
  • The first American to travel in space, Alan Barrett Sheppard was from Each Derry, New Hampshire.
  • New Hampshire has 4 nicknames: Granite State, Mother of Rivers, White Mountain State, and Switzerland of America.
  • The first free public library in the United States was established in Peterbobough in 1833.
  • The alarm clock was invented in 17 87 by Levi Hutchins in the city of Concord.
  • The first enlisted soldier to lose his life in the Civil War, Luther C. Ladd, was born is Alexandria, New Hampshire.
  • The first potato planted in the U. S. was plated in Londonderry Common Field in New Hampshire in 1719.
  • The first private citizen in space was Christa McAuliffe, a school teacher from Concord, New Hampshire. After her death in the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster in 1986, a planetarium was built in her honor in Concord.
  • The first free public library in the United States was established in 1833 in Peterborough.
  • The state motto of New Hampshire is "Live Free Or Die".
  • During the Civil War, New Hampshire was a strong supporter of the Northern cause and contributed many troops to the Union forces.



White Mountains, New Hampshire
White Mountains, New Hampshire | Source

White Mountain Range Attractions

  • Attitash - The favorite ride at Attitash is the Mountain Coaster. This coaster is doutfitted for 1 to 2 riders and offers an exciting and scenic ride for all. It carries you 1,400 feet up Attitash before dropping 324 vertical feet of curves and dips on a 2,600 foot ride. Attitash is located in the White Mountain Range.
  • Conway Scenic Railroad - You have a choice of three different scenic routes on the Valley Train: Conway, Bartlett, or Crawford Notch. On each you have your choice of Coach or First Class. Which ever one you choose you will be delighted with the trip.
  • Flume Gorge - Everyone will enjoy this scenic two mile nature walk where you will be delighted to discover waterfalls, covered bridges, a scenic pool and gorgeous mountain views. You'll be able to take home some memories from the giftshop and enjoy a snack or lunch at the cafeteria.
  • Santa's Village - Kids of all ages will enjoy this Christmas theme park. The fun includes live shows, rides and visits with Santa and his reindeer. There is always a fabulous water feature so bring your swimsuit.
  • Canterbury Shaker Village - This National Historic Landmark and Museum contains 25 restored and 4 reconstructed Shaker buildings. It includes forests, ponds fields, and gardens. The village itself offers hiking trails, exhibits, tours, craft demonstrations and some of the best food you'll ever taste.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Susan Hazelton

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