Pelham, New Hampshire, the ever evolving and quintessential New England town, was settled in 1722 and incorporated in 1746. Pelham’s rich history has led to a wealth of information and knowledge that has allowed our present day residents to make this home town a combination of old fashioned values along with a modern day thirst for innovation in all areas of our daily lives.
With a present day population of just over 13,000 residents, Pelham began primarily as a farming community until World War ll when explosive growth in population and industry took hold and has yet to slow down.
Reminders of the town’s rich history can be found in the Abbott Bridge, New Hampshire’s oldest, double arched stone bridge. Also Butler Monument, which stands in the center of town, honors the town’s first settler, John Butler. We are proud of the work done in reusing and restoring our historical buildings, and our appreciation for that history continues in one of our town’s oldest continuously run businesses, Harris’ Pelham Inn.
A proud tradition that has only improved with each passing year is the Pelham Old Home Day celebration. The First Congregational Church sponsors this very well attended event and it is a highlight of our community’s year. In addition, new traditions have sprung with the aid of the volunteer group, Pelham Community Spirit. Two such notable events are the Concerts on the Green in the summer months and for the Holidays, The Southern New Hampshire Festival of Trees. All of these events help to bring our wonderful community together in celebration.
Many dedicated volunteers and elected officials are striving to make Pelham a leader in both education and civic areas. The pride shown in these undertakings is very apparent every day.