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Northumberland is a small town in southwestern Coos County, in northern New Hampshire. A large portion of the town’s population reside in the village of Groveton, which is within the town’s boundaries. Fort Wentworth was a colonial fort, constructed in 1755, at the junction of the Upper Ammonoosuc River and the Connecticut River, just downstream from the current site of Groveton. The town was first granted as Storington in 1761, by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, and settled in 1767. In 1771, it was re-granted, as Northumberland, by Governor John Wentworth, and incorporated in 1779. Northumberland is the northern terminus of a rail line owned by the New Hampshire & Vermont Railroad, where it intersects the St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad, and was once the junction of the Grand Trunk Railway and the Boston, Concord & Montreal Railroad. Its economy was largely dependent on the lumber industry until the Wausau Paper Mill closed in 2007, eliminating three hundred jobs.



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