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Franconia, located in the heart of the western White Mountain region of New Hampshire nestled in the valley north of Franconia Notch State Park, is a quintessential New England village with an illustrious history. It was first granted in 1764 as Indian Head but the settlers were not able to meet the terms of the charter.

It was regranted in 1772 as Morristown and later named Franconia because it so closely resembled the Franconian Alps in Germany. The area of Franconia Notch is well known for its natural features, including the Old Man of the Mountains; Profile and Echo Lakes, The Flume, The Basin, and Mounts Lafayette, Lincoln, and Garfield.

The discovery of iron ore in nearby Sugar Hill led to a development of the iron industry. In 1805 the New Hampshire Iron Factory Company was formed, followed three years later by the Franconia Iron Works. These businesses flourished for 50 years.

However, the biggest and most enduring industry for Franconia is tourism. It has been an attraction for many, the most notable, Robert Frost, who lived and wrote in a house on Ridge Road from 1915-1920. His home has been preserved as The Frost Place Museum. It is a Center for Poetry and the Arts and owned by the Town of Franconia.

Franonia is home to many cutural and historical attractions. The Franconia Heritage Museum, also maintained by the Town of Franconia, chronicles the day-to-day life of early Franconia residents is located in an 1880 New England Farm House with attached barn and sheds. A stroll through the Farm House showcases a Franconia Iron Works stove in the parlor, the rope bed in the bedroom, antique kitchenware in the summer kitchen and farm tools and sleigh in the barn.

The Iron Furnace, the only such structure still standing in NH, operated from 1805 to 1865. The Iron Furnace is across the river from the Interpretive Center which displays a scale model and explains the operation. The Interpretive Center is self guided and viewable any time.

Famous Franconia Residents
Robert Frost - his residence, The Frost Place
Ernest Poole - (1880-1950) Author
Annie Trumbull Slosson - Author & Entomolgist
Bode Miller - Olympian and World Cup Winner
Paula Kahn - Olympian & Founder of Franconia Ski School

Franconia boasts about 1050 year-round residents with an area of approximately 42,240 acres (66 square miles) which includes 86 acres of skiing terrain at the Cannon Mountain Ski Area. Town government is overseen by an elected board of three Selectman. A full-time police department, volunteer fire department, and a public water system service the town's population.

The Lafayette Elementary School, providing educational instruction for grades K-6. was recognized in 2006 as a "New Hampshire Elementary School of Excellence".

Profile Regional High School, located in Bethlehem, NH, has an enrollment of approximately 275 students who enjoy the benefit of a newly constructed (2008) state-of-the-art high school.

Information About Franconia
Franconia Town Offices
Franconia Community Profile
Franconia Chamber of Commerce

The Franconia Library located on Main Street adjacent to the Franconia Town Hall, will be celebrating its Centennial in 2012. Across the Gale River, Dow Field offers a expansive greenspace including soccer fields, playground, gazeebo, and picnic area for town residents and visitors to enjoy.

Franconia Legislators
U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte
U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen
U.S. Representative Ann "Annie" McLane Kuster
NH Senator Jeff Woodburn
NH Representative Rebecca Brown
Franonia Selectman (Email)
Cannon Mt. Advisory Committee

Cannon Mountain, home to the first Aerial Tramway in America built in 1938 transported visitors to the summit where early alpine ski trails blazed the way for generations of skiers. Located at the base of Cannon Mt. next the Aerial Tram is the New England Ski Museum. Cannon is the host mountain for the Franconia Ski Club founded in 1933, it is one of the oldest ski racing organizations in the U.S.

Franconia is centrally located to many of the major attractions in the White Mountain region offering easy access. Considered the "quieter side of the White Mountains" crowds and traffic congestion are never an issue.

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