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Bow, incorporated in 1727, is located just south of New Hampshire’s capital, Concord. Colonists who settled in the area were granted parcels of land from the king of England. Most early settlers were farmers, and the town quickly became known for its agriculture. In the 1800s, the power of the town’s waterways was harnessed and several mills opened. The sawmill and gristmill formed one of the town’s first settlements, a section known as Bow Mills. Today Bow is a bedroom community with many active civic organizations. Improvements in the highway system, low property taxes, and excellent educational facilities have fueled Bow’s growth.
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The Bow Heritage Commission works to preserve Bow’s cultural and historical resources and advises local agencies on historical matters. In Bow, members of the commission have collected hundreds of vintage photographs to show the history of this New Hampshire town.
Table of Contents
Meeting and Greeting 9
Cutting and Tilling 27
Moving About 45
Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic 57
Yesterday and Today 67
Look About 77
Growing Pains 89