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The town of Rye is in Rockingham County, New Hampshire. The first settlement in the area, known as Pannaway Plantation, was founded in 1623 at Odiorne’s Point by a group of fishermen, and the first settler at Sandy Beach, in Rye, was William Berry, although Sandy Beach was a parish of New Castle until it was incorporated as Rye in 1726. Rye is situated on the Atlantic Coast, about one hour by car from Boston, Massachusetts or Portland, Maine. Rye contains the longest stretch of coastline of any New Hampshire town, as well as four of the nine islands known as the Isles of Shoals, about ten miles off the mainland. Although primarily residential today, Rye was once a Victorian resort destination that hosted artists and authors such as John Greenleaf Whittier, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Sarah Orne Jewett. Rye residents have included Judd Gregg and Craig Benson, the 76th and 79th governors of New Hampshire, as well as Dan Brown, the author of the Da Vinci Code.


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