This long, narrow piece of land encompassing Crawford Notch bears the name of Colonel John Hart, who had fought in the French War. In 1772 the land was granted to Thomas Chadbourne of Portsmouth. Hart's Location was the site of the famous Willey's Slide, an avalanche that killed Samuel Willey and his entire family in 1826. Mount Willey is named in their honor, as is the village of Avalanche. The town is also the gravesite of Abel Crawford, for whom Crawford Notch is named. Every four years this tiny community gains national attention when, along with Dixville Notch, residents are first to cast votes in the presidential election.
Villages and Place Names: Notchland, Sawyers River, Willey House
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 12 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Still the state's smallest incorporated town, population change for Hart's Location totaled 27 over 50 years, from 11 in 1950 to 38 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was 286 percent between 1970 and 1980, however, the numeric change was just 20. The 2005 Census estimate for Hart's Location was 40 residents, ranking last among New Hampshire's 234 incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density, 2005: 2.1 persons per square mile of land area, the lowest population density among the cities and towns. Hart’s Location contains 19.2 square miles of land area and 0 square miles of inland water area.
2014 Tax Rate: $3.53
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