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The central population district for the town of Goffstown, in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, is concentrated at the junction of NH Routes 114 and 13, although the villages of Grasmere and Pinardville are within the town. Goffstown is home to Saint Anselm College and the New Hampshire State Prison for Women. The town was first granted as Narragansett No. 4, in 1734, by Colonial Governor Jonathan Belcher as a Massachusetts township, as the area was then under dispute between the two provinces. Narragansett No. 4 was one of seven townships intended for soldiers who had fought in the Narragansett War of 1675, also known as King Philip’s War. Many of the early settler found that land to be barren, and moved away. The community would be named Piscataquog Village and Shovestown before being regranted by Governor Benning Wentworth, as a part of New Hampshire, and named for Colonel John Goffe, an early resident. Goffstown was incorporated in 1761.


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