About the Town of Farmington
Farmington. The name reflects what has always been at the core of this community... the hard work and sweat of the farmer.
What began as Chemung, a "canoe place" for native Americans, evolved into a settlement that gained its own charter from the November 1798 session of the General Court of the State of New Hampshire. One year later, at its first ever Town Meeting, the voters authorized a Selectmen form of government, naming Ichabod Hayes, Lieutenant Ephraim Kimball and David Roberts as the first Governing Board of Selectmen.
While farming and agriculture have been a core part of this community, the location of three rivers, the Cocheco, Ela and Mad Rivers, encouraged the establishment of water-powered industries in Farmington, which led to the development of the downtown. In 1849, construction of a railroad through the vital mill area firmly established Farmington as a commercial center.
Farmington is also the home of a son of national repute. Born in Farmington on February 16, 1812, Henry Wilson rose from a childhood of poverty and indentured servitude to become Vice President of the United States under Ulysses S. Grant.
Farmington is proud of its past, but always looks to and plans for the future. Today, Farmington is a healthy mix of industrial, retail, and service sector business, with a robust downtown that still reflects its past in a quaint and attractive setting. State of New Hampshire Routes 11, 153, and 75 intersect the town, providing important links to the Northeast and Canada.
Route 11 serves as the industrial corridor in Farmington, where thriving companies like Samco, Inc., Energy Resources Group, Cameron's Sod Farm, and Pike Industries are located. Route 153 leads to the downtown. Along the way one will pass the Sarah Greenfield Business Park, one of two business & industrial parks now containing four thriving businesses.
In the downtown, Farmington's anchor is TD Bank along with a myriad of other service, retail, and eating establishments.
In addition to a diverse economy, Farmington is a great environment for families and children. Sports and other activities abound through the school district and the Town of Farmington Parks and Recreation Department. Seniors are well served as there are recreational activities for them as well. Three municipal parks, ball fields, a public golf course, and conservation areas along the Mad River and other nature walks in town ensure a little bit of everything to pique your interest!
Finally, as the "Gateway to the Lakes Region" of New Hampshire, and a breath away from the Seacoast, Farmington offers the best of two worlds. From lounging on the beaches of Maine and New Hampshire to hiking the forests, swimming or water skiing the lakes of New Hampshire's interior, Farmington is the ideal location to work, live, and raise a family.