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Hampton, New Hampshire is situated along the Atlantic Ocean in Rockingham County. Originally known as the Plantation of Winnacunnet, Hampton was one of four original New Hampshire townships to be chartered by the General Court of Massachusetts, which then had control of the colony. In March of 1635, Richard Dummer and John Spencer came ashore at the region, and were impressed. A member of the General Court, Dummer got that body to lay claim to the section, and establish a plantation there. The community was settled in 1638 by the Reverend Stephen Bachiler and his parishioners, and named for Hampton, England, where the Rev. Bachiler had formerly preached. Hampton was incorporated in 1639, and initially included what is now Seabrook, Kensington, Danville, Kingston, East Kingston, Sandown, North Hampton, and Hampton Falls. The unincorporated village of Hampton Beach is within the town of Hampton.


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