Hooksett is a town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 13,451 at the 2010 census and an estimated 14,428 in 2018. The town is located between Manchester, the state’s largest city, and Concord, the state capital. A prominent landmark is Robie’s Country Store, a National Historic Landmark and a frequent stop for presidential candidates during the New Hampshire primary.The central village in town, where 4,147 people resided at the 2010 census, is defined as the Hooksett census-designated place and is located at a bridge crossing of the Merrimack River. The town also contains the census-designated place of South Hooksett.
Hooksett was incorporated in 1822. First known as “Chester Woods” and “Rowe’s Corner”, the community was called “Hooksett” for nearly fifty years before being incorporated. The name may have come from a hook-shaped island in the Merrimack or from early fishermen, who called the area “Hookline Falls”. Rocky ledges flank the Merrimack River, and there were several cross-river ferries located here, as well as lumber mills and a brick-making establishment powered by the falls. The first census, taken in 1830, reported 880 residents. The first settlement in the area was Martins Ferry near the Merrimack River and what is today’s Southern New Hampshire University.
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