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New Hampshire Crazy Laws, Fun Facts, and Trivia

I love to travel and I also love finding new and interesting information about the spots I visit. This is all in fun and need not be taken

Thompson Hall at the University of New Hampshire

Thompson Hall at the University of New Hampshire

Crazy Laws

  • You canot sell the clothes you are wearing to pay off a gambling debt.
  • It is illegal to pick up seaweed on a beach.
  • In New Hampshire it is illegal to inhale bus fumes with the intent of inducing euphoria.
  • It is against the law to tap your feet, nod your head, or keep time in any way with the music in a tavern, restaurant or cafe.
  • In Claremont it is illegal to get drunk, picnic, enter at night or, if under the age of 10, enter a cemetery by yourself.
  • You cannot run machinery on a Sunday.
  • It is considered a legal offense to check into a hotel under an assumed name.
  • Citizens may not relieve themselves while looking up on Sundays.

A stop on the Underground Railroad

A stop on the Underground Railroad

Fun Facts and Trivia

  • The first aggressive act of the American Revolution occurred on December 14,1774 when a band of partoits took over Fort William & Mary. They took guns and gunpowder. The fort is now known as Fort Constitution.
  • The state sport of New Hampshire is skiing.
  • Marilla Ricker was the first woman to attempt to vote in New Hampshire (1870), as well as the first woman to attempt to run for governor (1920).
  • New Hampshire was the first of the original thirteen colonies to declare its independence from England. This happened six months before the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
  • In 1963 New Hampshire adopted the first legal lottery in the twentieth century U. S.
  • Dover, settled in 1623, is the oldest permanent settlement in New Hampshire.
  • The state of New Hampshire was named by Captain John Smith after the town of Hampshire, England.
  • The Abnaki, Malecite, Passamaquoddy and Pennacook were the Native Indians of New Hampshire.
  • There were Underground Railroad stations in Hanover, Canaan, Durham, Manchester, and several other locations in the state.
  • The first American to travel in space, Alan Barrett Sheppard was from Each Derry, New Hampshire.
  • New Hampshire has 4 nicknames: Granite State, Mother of Rivers, White Mountain State, and Switzerland of America.
  • The first free public library in the United States was established in Peterbobough in 1833.
  • The alarm clock was invented in 17 87 by Levi Hutchins in the city of Concord.
  • The first enlisted soldier to lose his life in the Civil War, Luther C. Ladd, was born is Alexandria, New Hampshire.
  • The first potato planted in the U. S. was plated in Londonderry Common Field in New Hampshire in 1719.
  • The first private citizen in space was Christa McAuliffe, a school teacher from Concord, New Hampshire. After her death in the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster in 1986, a planetarium was built in her honor in Concord.
  • The first free public library in the United States was established in 1833 in Peterborough.
  • The state motto of New Hampshire is "Live Free Or Die".
  • During the Civil War, New Hampshire was a strong supporter of the Northern cause and contributed many troops to the Union forces.

White Mountains, New Hampshire

White Mountains, New Hampshire

White Mountain Range Attractions

  • Attitash - The favorite ride at Attitash is the Mountain Coaster. This coaster is doutfitted for 1 to 2 riders and offers an exciting and scenic ride for all. It carries you 1,400 feet up Attitash before dropping 324 vertical feet of curves and dips on a 2,600 foot ride. Attitash is located in the White Mountain Range.
  • Conway Scenic Railroad - You have a choice of three different scenic routes on the Valley Train: Conway, Bartlett, or Crawford Notch. On each you have your choice of Coach or First Class. Which ever one you choose you will be delighted with the trip.
  • Flume Gorge - Everyone will enjoy this scenic two mile nature walk where you will be delighted to discover waterfalls, covered bridges, a scenic pool and gorgeous mountain views. You'll be able to take home some memories from the giftshop and enjoy a snack or lunch at the cafeteria.
  • Santa's Village - Kids of all ages will enjoy this Christmas theme park. The fun includes live shows, rides and visits with Santa and his reindeer. There is always a fabulous water feature so bring your swimsuit.
  • Canterbury Shaker Village - This National Historic Landmark and Museum contains 25 restored and 4 reconstructed Shaker buildings. It includes forests, ponds fields, and gardens. The village itself offers hiking trails, exhibits, tours, craft demonstrations and some of the best food you'll ever taste.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Susan Hazelton


Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on April 14, 2011:

James, that rule seems to be the one that most people have a problem with. I be breaking it too. Hope you have a great trip wandering around New England this summer.

James A Watkins from Chicago on April 14, 2011:

•It is against the law to tap your feet, nod your head, or keep time in any way with the music in a tavern, restaurant or cafew?

This one would find me in trouble. I can't help it, being a drummer and all.

I enjoyed learning more about New Hampshire. This summer, I hope to visit New England for the first time. It is the only part of the US that I have not set foot in. Thanks!

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Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on April 03, 2011:

quildon, your state does have a few of it's own crazy laws. Every state seems to have their share.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on April 03, 2011:

Granny, I know I had to have broken one or two myself. Thanks for visiting.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on April 03, 2011:

Om, I can't hear music without tapping my foot, so they'd have to cart me away. I'm not so sure about the cemetary picnic though.

Angela Joseph from Florida on April 02, 2011:

You set me wondering what crazy laws my state (Georgia) has. Maybe if I think hard enough I can come up with a few.

Granny's House from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time on April 02, 2011:

I enjoyed reading crazy laws and facts. I think I too have broke some of the laws. hehe

Om Paramapoonya on April 02, 2011:

I like picking up seaweed on a beach and tapping my feet with music in a restaurant. Having a picnic at a cemetary sounds like something I might do as well. Hmmm....what an outlaw I am.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on April 02, 2011:

Thanks thoughtforce. I enjoy the crazy laws myself. There seem to be at least one or two in every state that I would violate. It's a good thing they don't seem to enforce them.

Christina Lornemark from Sweden on April 02, 2011:

I am so amazed over those crazy laws and I would probably violate some of them if I visited New Hampshire! I have a habit of picking up seawood as well as tap my foot when I hear good music:)This was a very good way to present both history and fun facts about a place! I enjoyed it and rate it up! Tina

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on April 01, 2011:

Genna, never fear, every state has it's won crazy laws. You're certainly not alone.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on April 01, 2011:

dahoglund, some of them do make more sense. Ones such as "You cannot sell the clothes you are wearing to pay off a gambling debt."

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on April 01, 2011:

FCEtier, I don't know it could go either way. Either a higher crime rate because of all the guns or a lower crime rate because everyone has one. It would make a good story.

Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on April 01, 2011:

I agree Peggy. Christie McAuliffe deserves to be remembered.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on April 01, 2011:

I got such a laugh out of the Crazy Laws. I thought Massachusetts had some crazy ones...good to know that we're not alone. :) Great hub.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on April 01, 2011:

Sometimes I think the oddball laws make more sense than some of those we take seriously.

Chip from Cold Mountain on April 01, 2011:

I heard last week that there's a town in S.C. with a local ordinance that REQUIRES people to carry a gun. They supposedly have a zero crime rate. Haven't checked it on, but it sure makes a good story! LOL

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 31, 2011:

It is nice to know that a planetarium has been named in Christa McAuliffe's name in Concord, New Hampshire.

Again...those old laws on the books are a hoot! :-)

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