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Canterbury is a small town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire. It was granted by Lieutenant Governor John Wentworth in 1727, and named for William Wake, Archbishop of Canterbury. Initially, the community was organized as a timber fort and trading post for Captain Jeremiah Clough, on a hill near what is now Canterbury Center. Canterbury was incorporated in 1741. Shaker Village, established in 1792, now serves as a museum, and is a large attraction within the town. The Ayers State Forest and Shaker State Forest are also located within the town.



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