Located just a handful of miles from the steady flow of I-95 traffic, Kensington maintains a peaceful, country atmosphere of farms, historic buildings, comfortable homes and small businesses on roads named Stumpfield, Trundlebed and Wild Pasture. When residents leave the main roads to head for home, they pass by miles of untouched woodlands, pastures, hills and wetlands. However slow and steady the growth of Kensington has been, the signs of progress are everywhere, and new faces appear at every Town Meeting.
Unlike some of the communities in this region, Kensington didn’t develop along a riverfront or near a major area of commerce. A map of the town shows two main thoroughfares crisscrossing town, Route 107 (east-west) and Route 150 (north-south), with an even distribution of secondary roads and a tiny town center along Route 150. In that town center is the Congregational Church and the town cemetery, with gravestones dating as far back as 1735.
A number of agricultural enterprises, from market farms to dairies, make their home in Kensington. One small homestead even turns out maple syrup every spring.
Kensington’s commercial enterprises are scattered along the town’s main roads and are mostly home-operated small businesses, including a driving school, daycare operators, an attorney, as well as a number of services such as plumbing and heating, landscaping and septic service.
The town’s handsome, historic homes are a source of pride for local residents. The library maintains records tracing the history of many of these homes as well as genealogical records of old time Kensington families. The town’s active conservation commission works to preserve open areas for future generations, while recreation facilities at the town park on Trundlebed Lane continue to be improved and maintained by dedicated volunteers.
Children from Kensington Elementary School can take advantage of a small summer recreation program at the town park. Throughout the year, a volunteer director oversees other recreational activities which include aerobics at the town hall, girls’ softball and a couple of winter ski trips to nearby mountains. The Kensington Athletic Association sponsors the town’s little league baseball programs.
Locals like to get out and enjoy their town in a variety of way. You might catch residents riding horses along back roads or landing small airplanes on private backyard airstrips. History buffs often meander through the cemetery to study the cluster of gravestones from the 1700s, when sickness claimed many of the town’s early inhabitants. And most everyone enjoys the church’s occasional Saturday ham and bean supper where folks gather just for the excuse of getting together and sharing each other’s company.
For further information, go to www.town.kensington.nh.us.
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