Wintertime photos supplied courtesy of Donald McElreavy
Welcome to Temple, NH
Temple is a small rural community located in the beautiful Monadnock Region of southern New Hampshire. The town was first settled by Joshua Todd in 1758 and became incorporated as a town in 1768. Its current population is estimated at 1,366 according to the 2010 census.
It is a mountainous region that includes several peaks as part of the Wapack range. Temple Mountain was once a thriving ski area and has now become a State Reservation, preserved for future generations to enjoy. Pack Monadnock and North Pack mountains also define the northernmost area of town.
History abounds here, including the site of the old Temple Glass Works which was founded in 1780. It is also home to the Temple Town Band, established in 1799 and claiming to be “America’s First Town Band”. The town center still features an iconic common with benches and trees, surrounded by old homes and historic buildings plus the ancient Village Cemetery.
Temple still offers a friendly, small town lifestyle just off the beaten path, and residents can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities in all four seasons. Temple is also home to a growing number of farms and small businesses.