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The town of Derry is the fourth largest community in New Hampshire, by population. Located in Rockingham County, Derry was settled by Scottish-Irish families in 1719, and was originally a part of Londonderry, separating to be incorporated as a town in 1827. Derry is home to two of the oldest private schools in the country, Pinkerton Academy, founded in 1814, and Adams Female Seminary, which is now closed. The more populated part of the town is located near its western border, while the unincorporated village of East Derry is nearer to the town’s geographic center. The poet, Robert Frost, was once a resident of Derry, and Alan B. Shepard, Jr., the first American in space, was born in the town. Matthew Thornton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was also a Derry resident.


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