Welcome to the Upper Valley!
About The Upper Valley
From Upper Valley Board Of REALTORS site:
The Upper Valley area of New Hampshire and Vermont is part of the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee/Upper Valley region. It centers around Lebanon and Hanover in New Hampshire and Norwich and White River Junction/Hartford on the other side of the Connecticut River. New Hampshire towns: Canaan, Cornish, Enfield, Grafton, Grantham, Hanover, Lebanon, Lyme, Orange, Orford, Piermont, Plainfield, Springfield, Sunapee, Vermont towns: Fairlee, Hartford, Hartland, Norwich, Pomfret, Royalton, Sharon, Strafford, Thetford, Vershire, Windsor, and Woodstock.
Those who relocate to the Upper Valley often end up living 20-45 minutes from their jobs. Dartmouth College, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Hypertherm, Fluent, Inc., Alice Peck Day Hospital, Tele-Atlas, Spectra, etc. employees live in Eastman, New London, Thetford, Enfield, Canaan, Wilmot, Plainfield, Windsor, Grantham and many other NH & VT communities.
OVER 100 THINGS IN THE UPPER VALLEY TO GO, SEE, OR DO
Here’s a great article from Yankee Magazine about the Upper Valley:
Hanover, New Hampshire, was chartered in 1761, and its first inhabitants arrived in 1765. At one point in its history, the southwest corner of Hanover was known as Dresden, and in the 1780s, Dresden was one of a group of neighboring New Hampshire communities that briefly defected to Vermont, when the Republic of Vermont was independent. For a time, Dresden was the capital of the Republic. This status was short-lived after various political posturing. As a result, Vermont rejected the communities’ defections, and they were returned to New Hampshire in the US. One remnant of this era is that the name “Dresden” is still used in the Dresden School District, an interstate school district serving both Hanover and Norwich, Vermont. Hanover has been home to Dartmouth College since 1769.
- Al Barr, lead singer of Irish-American rock band Dropkick Murphys
- Barbara Bedford, Olympic gold medalist swimmer
- George Bissell, considered the father of the American oil industry
- Philip Booth, poet C.
- Loring Brace, anthropologist
- Gerald Warner Brace (1901–1978), writer, educator, sailor and boat builder
- The Rev. Francis Brown, American Semitic scholar
- Bill Bryson, American-born British author of humorous books on travel (resident from 1995 to 2003)
- James Freeman Clarke, American preacher and author
- Charlie Clouser, music producer and former keyboardist for Nine Inch Nails
- Richard Eberhart, poet
- Janet Evanovich, writer
- Thomas C. Kinkaid, Admiral of the United States Navy during World War II
- C. Everett Koop, Surgeon General from 1982-1989
- Jodi Picoult, fiction author
- Jon Spencer, blues and punk rock musician
- Armstrong Sperry, Newbery Medal-winning author, 1941-1976
- Daniel Webster, statesman
- Eleazar Wheelock, founder of Dartmouth College
- Leonard Wilcox, United States Senator from 1842-1843