Windham NH is a quiet, friendly town, a true “rural oasis”.
Originally inhabited by the Pawtucket Indians, the land on which the Town of Windham rests was settled in 1719 by Scottish families in search of religious freedom. Once encompassing the towns of Derry and Londonderry, the settlement was then known as Nutfield. In 1741-42, however, the settlers petitioned for a charter to form a separate community. They were subsequently granted 27.2 square miles of land and water and the Town of Windham was incorporated.
For over 200 years, Windham was primarily a farming and mill community. Residents earned their living by selling goods to nearby towns and cities. Once a small, close-knit community, Windham has steadily grown in population since its inception, and presently is home to approximately 11,000 residents. Windham has firmly resisted the influ” of industry; and thus, in spite of time and change, retains its “country atmosphere.”
Windham’s school system encompasses grades transitional through 8 and has 2042 students. Older students attend neighboring Salem High School where a standards-based curriculum helps students develop mastery through problem-solving, cooperative learning, and critical thinking strategies. A supportive community and a dedicated professional staff demonstrate the commitment to quality education. Approximately 84% of the graduating students attend a post-secondary school. The 2000 SAT Scores of 510 verbal and 498 math are competitive statewide as well as nationally.
Windham today is a quiet, friendly town. Seasonal residents and local residents alike can gather on the banks of beautiful Cobbetts Pond on hot summer days to enjoy cool, clean water. They can visit the historical Searles Castle, now owned by the Sisters of Mercy. The combination Medieval/Tudor structure was erected in the early 1900’s by one of Windham’s most eccentric residents, Edward P. Searles. They may also wander through the old section of the Cemetery on the Plain and view the resting places of the town’s earliest settlers. Across the street is the Windham Wonderland Community Playground. Created especially for the town’s youngest residents. It is certainly befitting of any child’s fantasy. Work on a new Griffin Park has started and many of the soccer fields are completed but Phase One’s completion will be early summer of 2001. On balmy, spring days, pack a picnic lunch and visit the town common. With gazebo and footbridge, it’s perfect for relaxing. Choose a day when the newly formed and very popular Windham Community Band may be performing. Perhaps, you’ll envision Windham, as it once was, and in many ways still remains, a true “rural oasis.”
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