Dover, New Hampshire - Overview and Essential Travel Information
Settled in 1623, Dover is the oldest permanent settlement in N.H. and the 7th oldest in the U.S.
The city of Dover has a long and colorful history spanning nearly four centuries. Its earliest days as a colonial seaport led to a successful shipbuilding industry in the 1700s, and it flourished in the 19th century as the nation's leading manufacturer of cotton goods. The development of a brick industry spanned decades of successful mill operations through the middle of the 20th century. Dover's renaissance as a thriving, competitive community continues today.
For a panoramic view of Dover and the surrounding area, visit the Garrison Hill Park and climb to the top of the Garrison Hill Tower.