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The town of Fitzwilliam, in Cheshire County, New Hampshire, is home to Rhododendron State Park, a sixteen-acre grove of native rhododendrons. The town began as Monadnock No. 4, one of eight towns settled by Scottish immigrants, and granted by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth in 1752. Two of the town’s early grantees were Matthew Thornton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and James Reed, who later led the 3rd Regiment at Bunker Hill. One of the first granite quarries in New Hampshire was in Fitzwilliam. The Village Common looks much like it did in the 1860s, and most of the houses in the Village date to before 1850.



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