Introduction to Derry, New Hampshire
Originally settled by Scottish-Irish families in 1719, the town of Derry was named after the city of Derry in Northern Ireland. Derry was officially incorporated as a town in 1827. The first potatoes planted in the U.S. were planted in Derry. It was also a prominent linen and leather-making center until other textile industries were established in the south. It is also home to one of America’s oldest public schools, Pinkerton Academy, which was established in 1814.
Derry and nearby Attractions
- Robert Frost Farm State Historic Site
- Leach Library
- Children's Metamorphosis Museum
- Derry Historical Society & Museum
Things To Do In Derry
The Robert Frost Homestead is the former home of poet Robert Frost and is a National Historic Landmark. The Derry Historical Society and Museum showcases a rare collection of memorabilia and artifacts, which provide knowledge about the city’s social and cultural history. Outdoor recreational attractions include the Ballard State Forest and the Rockingham Recreational Trail, which offer opportunities for a number of recreational activities.
Airport transportation is available from Manchester Airport.
Derry Higher Education
New Hampshire College, the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Merrimack College and Northern Essex Community College provide higher education in the area.