Epping residents have an understandable sense of pride in their community’s venerable history, schools, arts center and community-mindedness. No wonder the town’s unofficial slogan is “Epping-Center of the Universe,” as occasionally seen on bumper stickers.
From the time Epping was established in 1741, it served as a hub for local travel. Its two original settlements were to the north and west of its current town center. Many of the town’s lovely Victorian-era homes still stand along Route 27, the original east-west roadway through the town. Other major crossroads include Route 125, running north and south; the scenic Lamprey River flowing east-west through the center of town; and the Boston and Maine Railroad, with tracks going east, west and south.
These crossroads served Epping well during its brick manufacturing past-in its heyday; nine brickyards used local clay to make high-quality, water-struck bricks. Recent expansion and widening of State Highway 101 has attracted new business to sites at the intersection with Route 125.
Each year between April and October, more than 300,000 visitors travel to Epping for a day at two of the town’s businesses. Star Speedway’s NASCAR stock car oval operates Saturdays, while New England Dragway, the only 1/4-mile track in all of New England, runs races Wednesday and Friday nights and all day on the weekends. Occasional special community events are held at the tracks, including Scout bike-a-thons and local fund-raising carnivals.
From a cultural standpoint, Epping attracts thousands of visitors each year to the nationally recognized Leddy Center for the Performing Arts. For over 25 years, this thriving amateur production company showcases quality musical theater and concerts throughout the year. The Leddy Center also hosts a professional faculty of 16 and an enrollment of nearly 200 students of all ages for acting, dance and instrumental lessons. Epping is home to another amateur theater group, “Upstairs, Downstairs,” which produces several plays a year at the town hall.
In addition to the arts programs in town, Epping residents benefit from programs run by the Epping Youth Athletic Association, as well as town recreation and conservation committees. The town skating pond has a small warming house and is a popular spot for lessons in the winter.
Epping has a strong sense of history. Plumer and Prescott Roads honor two of the three governors who came from Epping. The three are William Plumer, Benjamin Prescott and David Lawrence Morrill. The Watson Academy building, a former high school, was rescued by local historians whose efforts helped place the preserved building on the Register of Historic Places. Their work also restored the town’s 80 burial grounds and cemeteries and is a model for state preservationists.
The business structure in town is widely varied, including small agricultural enterprises offering pick-your-own fruits and vegetables; wagon and sleigh rides; unique breads and crackers, made and sold in town; and landscape supplies. This unique mix is what old families and newcomers alike seem to appreciate most about Epping.
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Board of Selectmen (5) and Town Administrator
157 Main Street
Epping, NH 03042
Property Tax Rate
$24.27 per $1,000 (2014)
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Sewer and water are provided in the village. Private trash collection and voluntary drop-off recycling.
Epping Recreation Department
17 Academy Street
Epping, NH 03042
NH Electric Co-Op