Incorporated in 1777, the town was first granted in 1765 as Moultonborough Addition, for Colonel Jonathan Moulton, who held the position of town moderator, and for whom Moultonborough was named. In 1777, Colonel Moulton requested that the town be named New Hampton in honor of his native town of Hampton, New Hampshire. The northeastern portion of the town was set off and incorporated as Center Harbor in 1797. The geographic center of New Hampshire is located in the eastern part of New Hampton, between Winona Lake and Jackson Pond, at 43.67925 N, 71.580375 W.
The New Hampton School was established here in 1821, and went through several name, owner, and location changes, before its current incarnation as a co-educational college preparatory school.
Did you know: Ernest Thompson (born Richard Ernest Thompson; November 6, 1949) is an American writer, actor, and director and summered in New Hampton New Hampshire? Mr. Thompson is known as the author of the play On Golden Pond, The West Side Waltz, and During the 1990s, Thompson wrote the television film Take Me Home Again . For more on Earnest Thompson