About the Lancaster Area
Thank you for your interest in joining our community and serving the residents of the Lancaster area. Lancaster is the county seat of Coös County and the gateway to the Great North Woods region of New Hampshire. To the north is Northumberland (Groveton) and Stark, to the east is Kilkenny, to the south is Jefferson, Dalton and Whitefield and to the west, across the Connecticut River, are Guildhall and Lunenburg Vermont. Lancaster’s villages include, Coös Junction, Grange Village, Lost Nation and South Lancaster.
Many water-powered mills have come and gone, including saw-mills, potato starch mills, one of the largest gristmills in the state and carriage factories. Through the years Lancaster has remained a residential and tourist town with only a few small industries. Population has changed very little with 3,113 in 1950 and 3,507 in the 2010 Census. The top employers throughout the Lancaster Area are White Mountains Regional School District, Weeks Medical Center, The Mountain View Grand, Country Village Health Care and Morrison Nursing Home.
One of the town’s most notable residents was John W. Weeks, who was responsible for the passage of the Weeks Act allowing for the establishment of national forests, including the White Mountain National Forest. His home is now part of Weeks State Park. He also gave the town Weeks Memorial Library and his son helped establish Weeks Medical Center. Another notable resident was Colonel Francis L. Town who left Lancaster the Colonel Town Community Fund, which maintains a recreation area, Community Camp and many sports programs.
Lancaster’s public school system includes the Lancaster Elementary School and The White Mountains Regional High School. The Coös County Democrat is the local newspaper. The local radio station is WXXS-102.3 FM.
For more information please visit www.lancasternh.org
Towns in the Lancaster Area include, Stratford, Northumberland (with the village of Groveton), Stark, Kilkenny, Lancaster, Jefferson, Carroll (with the villages of Twin Mountain and Bretton Woods), Whitefield and Dalton.
Lancaster has a vibrant farmers market on Saturday mornings from 9am to noon in the summer.
There are many lakes and ponds for swimming, boating and fishing.
The Weathervane Theatre is an excellent summer theater producing a range of live shows every summer.
Local volunteers recently set up a community garden in Lancaster.
Lancaster has an old fashioned ski tow in operation on Mount Prospect. It is run by volunteers on weekend afternoons in winter.
The north country provides many opportunities for musicians of all levels and genres to play.
The local golf course in Jefferson boasts beautiful views of the White Mountains.
The historic Mount Washington Hotel sits at the base of Mount Washington.
Lancaster: Lancaster is home to many parks and breathtaking views. Visit Weeks State Park, where Mount Prospect and the Weeks Estate are located. In the spring, summer and fall enjoy a scenic drive up the auto road, take a tour of the historic John W. Weeks Estate and Museum, attend nature programs and other special events, try a letter box or geo-cache hunt or hike/bike/run the park trails. In the winter time you can Nordic or downhill ski (rope tow), snowmobile, hike or snowshoe.
Lancaster is also home to Christie’s Maple Farm and Fuller’s Sugarhouse. Visit the Northern Nights Drive-In, open throughout the summer.
Jefferson: Jefferson is home to Santa’s Village and Six Gun City amusement parks. Both are open throughout the summer. Santa’s Village is also open throughout the Christmas Season to bring holiday cheer to the area. Go to the Waumbek Country Club for Golfing or the Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel for sled dog tours.
Carroll: Carroll is home to Bretton Woods Ski Area, with downhill and Nordic Skiing. Nature lovers and thrill seekers will also enjoy the exciting year-round Bretton Woods Canopy Tour comprised of zip lines, sky bridges, hiking and rappelling, ending with the “Williwaw” dual racing zip line which is also offered as a single thrill ride. In the spring, summer and fall, visitors can also enjoy indoor and outdoor climbing, scenic lift rides, mountain biking and golfing. You can also experience New England’s highest peak, Mount Washington, on the world’s first mountain climbing cog railway.
Stark: Stark is home to the Devil’s Hopyard; a lush, mossy and mysterious narrow gorge. Aside from the steep cliffs and its “another time and place” feeling, the coolest feature is the invisible cascade and rushing water under the rocks, which you can hear and feel drumming beneath your feet…but you can’t see!
Whitefield: Throughout the summertime Whitefield is home the Weathervane Theatre, unique in its alternating repertory of professional productions and weekly children’s theatre, the Weathervane brings Broadway to the mountains. You can also visit Forrest Lake State Park for swimming and canoeing and the Mountain View Grand Golf Course, Spa and Gym.
Northumberland: In the village of Groveton visit riverside speedway for short track racing. Moose Country Guide Service is also located in Groveton. They offer guided hunting, fishing and nature photography trips, as well as guided moose-viewing tours.
Lancaster Area Clinical Sites
Polish Princess Bakery
73 Main St, Lancaster
The Waterwheel Breakfast House
Route 2 Jefferson
186 Lancaster Rd. Whitefield
Our Place Bagels
Lancaster and Whitefield
North Country Family Restaurant
12 Main St. Groveton
Sullivan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
26 Main St, Lancaster
Main St Lancaster
Catalano’s Main St. Pizzeria
110 Rt. 302 Twin Mountain
199 Main St. Lancaster
Lancaster Farmer’s Market
Saturdays 9-12 Centennial Park
Memorial Day into September
12 State St. Groveton
Old Corner Store
764 Presidential Hwy (Rt. 2) Jefferson
21 Jefferson Rd. Whitefield
21 Riverside Drive Twin Mountain
177 Main. St. Lancaster
Simon the Tanner
55 Main St. Lancaster
Free WiFi/Computer Access
Weeks Memorial Library: 128 Main Street Lancaster. Wifi/computer access.
Great North Woods Welcome Center: 25 Park Street Lancaster. Wifi and computer access.
Whitefield Public Library: 8 Lancaster Rd Whitefield. Wifi/computer access.
Groveton Public Library: 31 State Street Groveton. Computer access.
Lancaster McDonalds: 258 Main Street Lancaster. Free Wifi access.
Cabot Inn: 200 Portland St. Lancaster. Free WiFi access.
Coös Motor Inn: 209 Main St. Lancaster. Free WiFi access.
Lancaster Motor Inn: 112 Main St. Lancaster. Free WiFi access.
Catalano’s Main Street Pizzeria: 110 Rt. 302 East, Twin Mountain. Free Wifi.
Cell Phone Coverage
Lancaster: A good majority of Lancaster has 3G service.
Northumberland/Groveton: Cell coverage in Groveton is very limited, but a new tower is planned.
Whitefield: 3G service.
Jefferson: Limited service.
Carroll/Twin Mountain: Limited service.
Dalton: Limited service.