About Windham NH
Once home to the Pawtucket Native Americans, Windham was part of an area known as “Nutfield” and included the land which makes up both Derry and Londonderry today. In 1719 immigrants from Scotland began to settle in the region. It was in 1721 when some of the original settlers began the process to petition in an effort to create a separate and independent community. The request was eventually granted by then Governor Benning Wentworth in 1742. No one is quite sure where the town got its name. It has been suggested that it was named after the homeland of one of the original settlers, Windham, Ireland. While others believe it may have been named for Sir Charles Wyndham who apparently was a good friend of the Governor.
The town of Windham was originally part of Londonderry. Windham was the second town to be designated as such by Governor Benning Wentworth following the establishment of the Massachusetts and New Hampshire border.
There was a total of 663 residents in Windham during the first census taken in 1790. The population was 13,592 at the 2010 census. The estimated population in 2017 was 14,562.
Windham is a suburban town in Rockingham County, situated in southeastern New Hampshire and just 3 miles north of the Massachusetts border. The town is comprised of a total area of 27.9 square miles, of which 26.8 square miles is land and 1.1 square miles is water. Jenny’s Hill is the highest point at approximately 505 feet above sea level. Windham’s landscape consists large areas of undeveloped land, rural open spaces, and residential suburban subdivisions.
Windham is served by two area airports. Boston’s Logan International Airport approximately 37 miles south on route 93 in Boston and the Manchester-Boston Regional airport approximately 20 miles to the north in Manchester.
There is always something to do in and around Windham. Activities and attractions include municipal parks, golf courses, tennis courts, bowling facilities, fishing, hunting, boating, snowmobile trails, bike trails, and waterfront access. The Windham Country Club golf course is an 18-hole premier course voted four stars by Golf Digest. Griffin Park, built in 2005, offers three baseball fields, a soccer field, tennis and basketball courts, and a playground. Windham’s town beach is located on Cobbetts Pond. An open boat launch is available to Windham residents next to the town beach. The Windham Rail Trail, which extends from Windham into Derry, is approximately 4.1 miles of paved trail for walking/biking.
The area has plenty of shopping, restaurants, and entertainment.
You will never run out to things to do!