Welcome to the Upper Valley!
Includes communities in Grafton, Sullivan, Windsor, and Orange counties.
Hanover is a town along the Connecticut River in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 10,850 at the 2000 census. In 2007, CNN and Money magazine rated Hanover the second best place to live in America.
Dartmouth College and the US Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) are located in town. Hanover is one of only a handful of communities where the Appalachian Trail passes through the town center.
Norwich and Hanover share the first and one of the few inter-state school districts in the nation.
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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.
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- 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