Zip code: 03451
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
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.
Board of Education: Jeana Woodbury, Holly Kennedy, Sean Leary, James M. O’Malley, Kayla Hemlow
State Senator: Jay Kahn, D-Keene
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.
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.