The charming village of Lyme, NH is a rural community located along the banks of the Connecticut River just north of Hanover, NH home to Dartmouth College. The 1761 charter came from Governor Benning Wentworth and the Town’s original settlers were from Palmer, Belchertown, and Brookfield, Massachusetts.
Today, Lyme’s children attend kindergarten through eighth grade in the town’s school, and then choose a secondary school from among those in neighboring towns with many families opting for nearby Hanover High School or St. Johnsbury Academy to the north.
Lyme has always appealed to those who appreciate the outdoors, and outdoor recreation is an important part of life here. The Appalachian Trail runs through the eastern part of town over Holt’s Ledge and Smarts Mountain. The Dartmouth Skiway occupies the slopes of Holts and Winslow, straddling the old Grafton Turnpike. Post Pond is popular in winter for ice skating and fishing. Public trails on town conservation land offer hiking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing and the Lyme Pinnacle Snowmobile Club’s energetic membership maintains miles of trails. Lyme’s youth and adults participate in a wide variety of sports.
Lyme is also blessed with a rich inventory of historic architecture, and its citizens with the instinct to respect and care for it. Before historic preservation caught on elsewhere, Lyme people were working together to restore the historic horse sheds behind the Congregational Church. The row of twenty-seven sheds standing today is the longest line of contiguous horse sheds in New England, and possibly in the United States.
History, charm, and just far enough removed from the bustle of big town life in nearby Hanover, Lyme offers those seeking a slightly more rural experience a wonderful option.