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Situated along the Connecticut River, in Grafton County, New Hampshire, the town of Lyme includes the Chaffee Natural Conservation Area, Dartmouth Skiway, and a portion of the Appalachian Trail. Lyme was granted by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth in 1761. Prior to the founding of Lyme, the settlement was known as Tinkertown. In the 1770s, the town petitioned to become part of Vermont, but was unsuccessful in this bid. In the 1830s, stagecoaches traveling the old Boston Turnpike from Montreal passed through Lyme, stopping at the Lyme Inn, which has recently been renovated. Today, Lyme is a mostly rural town, boasting several ponds, including Post Pond, Pout Pond, Trout Pond, Cummins Pond, and Reservoir Pond. Smarts Mountain stands in the northeastern corner of the town. David Marston Clough, the 13th governor of Minnesota, was born in Lyme.



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