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Dover City

Strafford County, New Hampshire

Dover City Hall is located at 288 Central Avenue, Dover, NH 03820.
Phone: 603‑516‑6000.

Beginnings [1]

Dover, one of the most interesting and important cities in New Hampshire, owes much to the Bellamy and Cocheco rivers, which flow through it in a south-easterly direction, adding greatly to its beauty, as the county seat of Strafford. From the close of the American Revolution to the introduction of cotton manufacture, the town grew slowly. There had been saw mills, grist mills, fulling mills, oil mills, a nail factory and shipyards, in continuous succession, extending through a period of 180 years ending in 1821, when the Dover Factory Company was incorporated. This was afterward merged into the Cocheco Manufacturing Company, which incorporated in 1838. Here also were mills for the manufacture of all kinds of machinery, and factories for making glue and sandpaper, oil cloth and carriages; a planing mill, soapstone works, the Dover Gaslight Company, etc., etc. The manufacture of boots and shoes was also an important industry.

Dover received its city charter September 1, 1855. The Honorable Andrew Pierce was its first mayor.

Location [2]

Dover is nestled between the mountains and the ocean. The community is close to the University of New Hampshire, Pease International Tradeport and harbors a local airport. The city is a short drive to the Port of New Hampshire, the state's only deep water port, scene to industrial barges escorted by tugs, importing and exporting goods to and from the Granite State. Dover is a quick commute to the metropolitan area of Boston, and less than an hour's drive to Boston's Logan International Airport. In addition, there is easy access to rail and highway transportation routes.

  1. Hillsborough County by Rev. Daniel Goodwin, in: Howard, Rev. R. H. and Crocker, Henry E., Prof., A History of New England containing Historical and Descriptive Sketches of the Counties, Cities and Principal Towns of the Six New England States, Crocker and Company Publishers. Boston, 1881
  2. Dover New Hampshire, The Garrison City, www.ci.dover.nh.us, accessed December, 2010.

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