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Farmington is in Strafford County, New Hampshire. Prior to the arrival of the Europeans, Farmington was mostly wilderness, although the Abenaki had a camping ground on Meetinghouse Hill, where they built birch bark canoes. In 1721, the Colonial Assembly in Portsmouth approved the construction of a fort at the foot of Lake Winnipesaukee, with a military road from Dover through which to supply the fort. Bay Road was completed in 1722, and the town of Farmington grew along its course. The settlement began as the Northwest Parish of Rochester. Soon, the inhabitants of the Northwest Parish were taxed to support a meetinghouse and minister on Rochester Hill, twelve miles away, so they began a movement to separate and, in 1798, their petition to incorporate was granted. Henry Wilson, 18th Vice-President of the United States, was born in Farmington.



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