Henniker, New Hampshire
Henniker is a traditional New Hampshire community with
a population of approximately 4500 residents.
|During the winter
months the local residents share their town with other New Englanders who take to the
slopes at Pat's Peak Ski Area - just a mile from the
center of town. The ski area has six lifts, snowmaking, a ski racing program and offers
private ski lessons.
|From September to
mid-May, Henniker bustles with nearly 800 New England College students. New England College is a small liberal arts college that was
founded in 1946 for veterans of WWII.
|New England College
opens its doors to the community in many ways. Use of their sports facilities, which now
includes an indoor ice arena, their library, a new art gallery featuring prominent
national artists as well as student exhibitions is all open to the public. In the academic
realm, local high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to take freshman level courses
at no expense. The College runs its own radio station and newspaper and welcomes the
community to a wide variety of cultural events.
|Henniker built a
regional high school, John Stark Regional,
on Route 114 with the neighboring town of
Weare. The school opened in September of 1987.
The pre-existing high school building is being used as the Henniker Middle School, which
was rebuilt in 1995. The school has a good reputation for its individualized language arts
and math programs as well as a challenging program for the gifted and talented.
|In addition to a
public kindergarten, White Birch Community Center, a private non-profit organization,
offers a variety of services to the town's people. It maintains a nursery school, Crayon
College, for 3 and 4 year olds, a day care center for children 18 months to 12 years old,
and holds adult fitness programs as well as senior citizen activities.
|Henniker is a nice
place to enjoy a meal out, whether for pizza, a sandwich, a good old fashioned no frills
meal, or a gourmet dinner. We also offer several country inns and a motel with indoor
pool. Along our streets you will find a pharmacy complete with old-fashioned soda
fountain, a bakery, a gourmet coffee/gift basket shop, a florist, a hardware store and a
farm/garden supply store. There are also 2 banks, 3 gas stations and several service
stations as well as 3 campgrounds, 3 hair salons, a Laundromat, a public library, 2 law
offices, public accountants, real estate offices and a funeral home.
|The town also has a
physician (internal medicine), a dentist, a physical therapist and veterinary clinic for
both are and small animals. The neighboring town of Hillsborough, only ten minutes away,
has a medical center. A hospital with cardiac center and a variety of medical clinics are
all in Concord, the state capitol, just 30 minutes away.
|The Contoocook River
winds its way through the town and is crossable by five different bridges, one of which is
a covered bridge only for foot traffic. During spring the tumbling waters of the
Contoocook offers some of the best white water canoeing and kayaking in New England.
|The town government is
run by a Board of Selectmen and has an active Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment,
Conservation Commission, Historical Society and a number of other active church and civic
groups. The Henniker Athletic & Recreation Program runs baseball, softball, tee-ball,
basketball and soccer programs for school-age children. Henniker also has an award winning
volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad.