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Home to parts of the White Mountain National Forest, Jefferson is a town in Coos County, New Hampshire. Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth made land grants in the area in 1765, but it was so deep into the unexplored forests that few settlers took up their claims, especially since the French and Indian War had just concluded. However, Colonel Joseph Whipple, the brother of William Whipple, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, cut trails through the forest to build his manor house, naming the small community that built up around it Dartmouth, after William Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth, and patron of Dartmouth College. Four years before Thomas Jefferson’s election as president, Whipple renamed the town for him, and it was chartered as Jefferson in 1796. Besides the national forest, Jefferson is home to two theme parks, Santa’s Village and Fort Jefferson Fun Park, as well as several motels, hotels, inns, and campgrounds.


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