Dover full of great history!

Dover full of great history!

Unfortunately, many times I drive through downtown Dover and glaze past the historic landmarks that are all over this town.  Dover is the first original settlement in NH back in early 1600’s and is rich with history.  I always wondered how folks got across the Great Bay to the dover settlement.  Turns out, before the automobile and of course the General Sullivan bridge, there was a ferry service located in Newington just off of Bloody point rd.   If one wanted to cross the Piscataqua river to get to Dover they would go to this toll house.  Basically, they paid a fee for transfer across the river on ferry.  I’m unsure of where on the Dover Point side the ferry landed (my guess is Hilton Park).  Hilton Park is where the first settlers  took root.  They were fisherman from London who worked the abundant water ways.  Over time, Dover evolved into a textile town (i.e Dover mills) as seen when you drive through Dover.  Leveraging the water for hydro power, these mills were a fixture in downtown Dover and employed hundreds (perhaps thousands) of local folks during the industrial revolution.   Today, these mills are used for residential and commercial purposes.  If your interested in learning more consider contacting the Dover Chamber of Commerce because I believe they offer walking tours.