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Home to Franklin Pierce University, the Cathedral of the Pines, and a portion of Annett State Park, the town of Rindge is in Cheshire County, New Hampshire. Inhabited as long as 11,000 years ago by ancestors of the Abenaki tribe, the area was granted to military veterans from Rowley, Massachusetts in 1736, and initially known as Rowley-Canada, but the Masonian Proprietors had made a competing claim to the area and, in 1740, after the boundaries between Massachusetts and New Hampshire were settled, it was determined that the region would be part of New Hampshire; consequently, the town was re-granted by Governor John Wentworth in 1768, and renamed Rindge, in honor of Captain Daniel Rindge, one of the original grant holders, who was credited presenting New Hampshire’s claim before the Crown. Settlement was delayed due to King George’s War, but was resumed in 1752. The villages of Rindge Center, East Ringe, West Rindge, and Converseville are within the town.

 

 

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