Bow History

The Town of Bow was chartered in 1727. Some say the Town derived its name from its location at the bow in the Merrimack River, just south of Concord, New Hampshire's state capital. Wherever the origin of the name, many beautiful reminders of the town's beginnings remain.

Early Settlers

For most early settlers, farming was a way of life. The many stone walls which line Bow's streets, yesterday's survey markers for 100-acre plots of land, continue to remind us of our agricultural past. But industry has long been a mainstay of life in Bow, with local waterways providing the necessary horsepower to fuel several excellent mill sites. The Sawmill and Gristmill formed the hub of the section of Town referred to as Bow Mills, one of the first settlements in Bow. 


Regardless of their occupations, Bow has never lacked for people of vision throughout its history. Sergeant John Ordway, a native of Bow was an member of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Christian Science Church, was born and raised in Bow.

Historic Bow Bog Meeting House, Built in 1835 and restored in 2011 (photo by Eric Anderson)

Bow Bog Meeting House 2 - by Eric Anderson (5)