Acworth is a picturesque hilltop community, boasting a church dating back to 1821 featuring a magnificent bell tower, which houses an 1828 Revere-firm bell, graceful Palladian windows and other Federal elements.




Acworth Town History


The town was first chartered under the name Burnet in 1752 after William Burnet, colonial Governor of Massachusetts and New Hampshire in 1728. However, no settlements occurred under the original charter, so the town was re-granted in 1766 with the name Acworth, in honor of Sir Jacob Acworth, a British Admiral who had Portsmouth shipping interests.

From the New Hampshire Gazetteer published in 1817, ACWORTH - a post-township of Cheshire county, bounded on the N. by Unity, E. by Lempster, S. by Alstead and Marlow, W. by Charleston and Langdon, containing 24,846 acres. It was incorporated in 1776, and has 1523 inhabitants. Cold-pond, extending about a mile on the line of Unity, from 60 to 100 rods in width, and Mitchell’s pond, 120 rods long and 80 wide, are its only ponds of note.

Cold river takes its rise and name from one of the above mentioned pools in the N.E. corner of this town. Acworth has two religious societies; 1 meeting-house for the congregational order, 1 grain mill, 5 saw-mills, 2 mills for dressing cloth, 2 carding machines, and 1 trading store. Rev. Thomas Archibald was settled in the ministry here in 1789. Rev. Phinehas Cook is the present minister of the gospel. The  Charleston turnpike road passes through here.  Acworth is 73 miles N.W. by W. from Portsmouth. 


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Acworth, Municipal Listing from Webster:  
Historic USGS Topographical Maps of New England and NY
University of NH Library, Government Documents Department.