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Tuftonboro, NH

Tuftonboro NH

Community contact:
Town of Tuftonboro
Carolyn Sundquist, Admin. Assistant
P.O. Box 98, Town Hall, Tuftonboro, NH 03816
Telephone: (603) 569-4539
Fax (603) 569-4328
Town website

Town office hours: Mon. & Fri. 9-1 pm and 2-4 pm, Wed. 9-1 pm & 2-7 pm.
Town Clerk: Leonora P. Quilliam
County: Carroll

Population: 2000 Census: 2,148.00. Total number of households in Tuftonboro is 926, with av. size 2.32 persons. Of those, 666 are family households, with av. size 2.68 persons. As of April 1, 2000 there were 2,019 total housing units in Tuftonboro.

Area: 40.6 square miles of land area and 8.8 square miles of inland water area.

Origin: Called “The Diamond in the Heart of New Hampshire,” Tuftonboro is the only New Hampshire town that was owned by just one man, John Tufton Mason, for whom the town was named. Mason was heir to the Masonian Claim, the undivided lands of northern New Hampshire, which he sold to a group of Portsmouth merchants in 1746, thereafter known as the Masonian Proprietors. They disposed of the land via grants to prospective settlers prior to the American Revolution. Situated on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee, Tuftonboro includes the villages of Melvin Corner, Melvin Village, Mirror Lake and Center Tuftonboro. Melvin Village is the business center of the community. The town was incorporated in 1795.

Tuftonboro Community median income: Per capital income in 2000 was $25,070 and median 4-person family income was $51,875. Median household income was $45,729.

Tax Information: Annual Budget for 2004 is $2,,585,698. and 2003 tax rate is $15.30.

Town Offices: Mon., Tues., Wed. & Fri. 9 - noon and 1-4 pm.; Thurs. 9 - noon.

Selectmen: Meet on Mondays at 6:30 pm at Town Office; 569-4539; Susan Weeks is the chairman. Members are William Stockman and William Albee.

Planning Board: Meets first Thursday at Town Office and third Thursday at Town House at 7:30 pm; 569-4539; Mirick Friend, chair.

Planning Administrator: Lakes Region Planning Commission

Zoning Ordinance: Zoning 1972/01; Master Plan 1985; 569-4539; Bob Murray, chairman.

Police Department: Full time; Chief Andrew Shagoury. Dispatch 1-800-552-8960 or 539-2284; Town Office 569-8695; Town Office 569-8695; E-mail:

Fire Dept.: Full time; Chief Adam Thompson; Dispatch 539-2262; Mirror Lake Station, 569-2261; E-mail:

Rescue: Emergency Management - director Adam Thompson; Volunteer; nearest hospital is Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro.

Utilities: Electric - PSNH; NH Electric Coop.; Water -private wells; Sanitation - private septic; no curbside trash pickup or mandatory recycling program; Cable TV access - Adelphia; Public access channel 3.

Schools: Tuftonboro Central School for kindergarten through sixth grade; Kingswood Regional Middle School and Kingswood Regional High School, Wolfeboro.

Library: Tuftonboro Free Library, 221 Middle Road (Route 109A); 569-4256; Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, 10-5 pm; Saturday, 9 - noon

Recreation: Eric and Kathy Roseen, co-chairmen; municipal parks; outdoor swimming facility; youth organizations (ie., Scouts, 4-H); Youth sports - baseball,, soccer, football, basketball and hockey; campgrounds; fishing/hunting; boating/marinas; snowmobile trails; bicycle trails; cross country skiing, outdoor ice rink. Nearest ski area: Mt. Cranmore, Attitash, Gunstock.

Other: Summer camps.

Special Events: The Hikers Club’s annual home and garden tour

Tourism Region: Distance to: Manchester, 69 mi.; Portland, ME 70 mi., Boston 112 mi., NYC 320 mi., Montreal, Quebec 243 mi.

Largest employers: PAK 2000, Audio Plex, MYTV Inc. (Marina), N.E. Technic

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