Amherst (New Hampshire)

Amherst is a town in the Merrimack Valley of New Hampshire.


Amherst came about due to land given to soldiers in 1728 who had participated in King Philip's War. This was first named "Narragansett Number 3" in 1733 and then later changed to "Souhegan Number 3." Settlers there formed a Congregational church and hired their first minister In 1741. The town was named for Lord General Jeffrey Amherst, he initiated the practice of giving smallpox blankets to Native Americans and commanded British forces in North America during the French and Indian War. Today, Amherst houses a population of a little over 10,000 people in an area of 35 square miles.

Get in

Amherst is in Hillsborough County, about 10 miles west of downtown Nashua and only about 25 minutes drive from downtown Manchester.

By plane

Manchester Airport- One Airport Road Manchester, NH 03103 603) 624-6556

By car

Regal Limousine Service-3 Howe Dr, Suite 1 - Amherst NH 03031

Velocity Travel- Amherst, NH (603) 672-5550

Fox Brook Farm- Amherst, NH (603) 672-716



This common has played an important role in the community for activity for the past 200 years. Today, Amherst's community functions including the Fourth of July, Antiques on the Green, Easter egg hunts, the Farmers Market, the Tree Lighting, and the summer band concerts just to name a few.



Town Hall- 2 Main Street Ph: 603 673-6041 Fax: 603 673-6794

Police- 175 Amherst Street Ph: 603 673-4900

Fire Department- 177 Amherst Street Ph: 603 673-1545

Emergency Medical- 175 Amherst Street Ph: 603 673-7030

Public Works- 22 Dodge Road Ph: 603 673-2317

In an Emergency dial 911



New Hampshire College (about 17 miles; Manchester, NH; Full-time enrollment: 3,251)

University of Massachusetts-LOWELL (about 20 miles; Lowell, MA; enrollment: 8,373)

Fitchburg State College (about 22 miles; Fitchburg, MA; enrollment: 3,660)

Mount Wachusett Community College (about 28 miles; Gardner, MA; enrollment: 2,023)

Northern Essex Community College (about 28 miles; Haverhill, MA; enrollment: 3,388)

Merrimack College (about 28 miles; North Andover, MA; enrollment: 2,384)

Middlesex Community College (about 30 miles; Bedford, MA; enrollment: 4,501)

Go next

Routes through Amherst

Peterborough Milford  W  E  Bedford Manchester
Ends at Milford  W  E  Merrimack Nashua

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