Durham is a town in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States. Durham is home to the University Of New Hampshire. Situated beside Great Bay at the mouth of the Oyster River, Durham was originally called Oyster River Plantation. It was settled in 1635 as a part of Dover. The town is named after Durham, Northumberland, England, from whence came two of its earliest settlers, William and Henry Hilton. They were two of four sons. Their father had lent Charles of England money and he knew he would never get it back, so he offered to forgive the debt if Charles granted two of his sons land in the New World. They arrived from England in a well-provisioned ship called the Providence.
Sites of interest
Durham Historic Association & Museum