New Hampshire Culture

Culture in New Hampshire

            The culture of New Hampshire was comprised of farmers and working class people that worked in cities near the ocean. Many people lived in log cabins and had fireplaces to keep warm during the winters. The fireplaces were usually quite large and used up large quantities of wood in the backcountry. The majority of people living in New Hampshire did not have slaves for farming or jobs in the city. Many people either farmed or worked in the shipping business. The life of the farmers was very similar to the lives of farmers in other parts of the country for example the family would work from dusk to dawn and the jobs would be distributed to different family members. The jobs in the larger cities included ship building, fishing, and working in the lumber mills.

(Old School House)

Education and religion were important in New Hampshire’s culture because the pilgrims founded New Hampshire and the law made it mandatory that towns have a schoolhouse with more than fifty households. All citizens of a town were expected to show up for church services and practice the common religion of puritan.

Famous people that were born in the 1780s included the author Sarah Joespha Hale that wrote “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and the famous Daniel Webster who was a lawyer and secretary. Webster was a graduate of Dartmouth and was a large supporter of American nationalism.


“New Hampshire Historical Society – New Hampshire People and New Hampshire Culture.” New Hampshire Historical Society – New Hampshire People and New Hampshire Culture. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Dec. 2012.


Orrill, Jim. “Daily Life of Colonial New Hampshire.” EHow. Demand Media, 02 Oct. 2010. Web. 06 Dec. 2012.


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