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Zip code: 03451

Population: 3,937

County: Cheshire

Area: 22.6 square miles

Town Hall: Main Street, 336-5710, Mon.-Thurs. 7:30 a.m.-noon, and 12:30-4 p.m.; town clerk, 336-5719, Mon., Wed., Thurs., 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and Tuesday, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Tax Rate: $30.41

Registered Voters: About 2,600

Fire Dept.: Chief, Terry Zavorotny, 911; 336-5512

Police Dept.: Chief Todd A. Faulkner, 911; 336-5723

Town Clerk: Julie Seymour

Town Administrator: Jill E. Collins

Tax Collector: James MacDonell

Planning Board: Megan Kondrat, Thomas Woodbury, Ann Marie Diorio, Stefan Zielonko, Zebulon D. Hildreth, Sean Leary

Budget Committee: Megan Kondrat, William Nebelski, Joseph Conroy, Lewis D. Major, Peter W. Zavorotny, Lindsey Blake, James MacDonell, Edwin O. Smith, Karen L. Johnson

Zoning Board of Adjustment: James MacDonell, Matt Palmer, Todd Page, Jim Waters, Ken Howe

Moderator: Richard S. Johnson Jr.

Road Agent: Frank Podlenski

Transfer Station: Northfield Road, 336-5718. Summer (April-Nov.): Friday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Winter: Friday, Saturday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Public Schools: Hinsdale Elementary (K-5), Hinsdale Middle/High School (6-12)

Board of Education: Jeana Woodbury, Holly Kennedy, Sean Leary, James M. O’Malley, Kayla Hemlow

State Representatives: Michael D. Abbott, D-Hinsdale; Paul S. Berch, D-Westmoreland; Cathryn A. Harvey D-Spofford; Lucy M. Weber, D-Walpole

State Senator: Jay Kahn, D-Keene

Selectmen: Chairman Wayne T. Gallagher, Steven V. Diorio, Michael T. McCosker, Bernard E. Rideout Jr., Michael Darcy

Library: Hinsdale Public Library, 336-5713, Mon., Wed., Thurs. noon-5 p.m., and 6:30-8 p.m.; Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-noon.

Churches: First Congregational, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, North Hinsdale Church

Parks and Recreation: Pisgah State Park

Major Businesses: Fineline Homes, HCP Packaging USA Inc., Continental Cable Co., Winchester Machine Co., Wal-Mart, Clear Solutions Inc., Phantom Fireworks, Fantasy Fireworks, Washburn Vault Co. Inc., Tractor Supply

Points of Interest: Historical Society Museum, Connecticut River, Hinsdale Auto Pioneer Marker, Col. Ebenezer Hinsdale’s gravesite, U.S. Post Office (oldest commissioned one in the country), Wantastiquet State Forest; Pisgah State Park trailhead; Rails to Trails

Background: Hinsdale, located beside the Connecticut River, contains excellent farmland but has been a significant center of industry as well. It was here that the first settlement was made in what is now Cheshire County before the end of the 17th century. The town’s earliest history echoes with accounts of Indian assaults, raids and captivities.

Hinsdale received its N.H. charter in 1753. It was named for Col. Ebenezer Hinsdale, a respected early resident who built a fort and gristmill here in 1742.

Manufacturing has long been carried on here, and paper is one of this town’s important products. In a machine shop here, George A. Long built a self-propelled steam vehicle in 1875, for which he received one of the nation’s earliest automobile patents.

Website: www.town.hinsdale.nh.us

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