With its town motto of Preserving Our Past, Preparing Our Future, Raymond seems well on its way to an economic resurgence in the 21st century. This rural town of just over 10,000 experienced economic prosperity in the mid-nineteenth century, and it seems to be in the midst of another period of growth and rejuvenation.
Town historian say Raymond began as a sleepy farm town which was transformed into a busy manufacturing center by the arrival of the railroad in the mid-1800s. Not surprisingly, the local historical society’s museum encompasses the old railroad depot building and a 1932 caboose, as well as Gile School #6, a one-room schoolhouse used up until 1916.
Raymond is located at the confluence of five New Hampshire highways, including Route 101, which has two exit/entrance ramps directly into town. This major transportation corridor connects Raymond to the rest of New England and Canada, with fast and easy access to Interstates 95, 93, and 89, all within a 20 mile radius of town. It is experiencing rapid industrial growth, thus boosting its economic outlook.
The three public schools and town recreation facilities share a symbiotic relationship, serving both the town’s educational and recreational needs. Through dedicated volunteer efforts, the magnitude of the town’s recreation facilities far exceed the resources of the town, including several lighted fields and a sports/skateboard park.
The Community Action Program operates Raymond’s food bank, distributes holiday gifts and food baskets, and steps in where needed in cases of emergency.
Among many options, recreation seekers can relax on the town beach, adjacent to the elementary school, or take Red Cross-certified swim lessons. On the edge of town, Pawtuckaway Lake and its campground facilities attract thousands of visitors every summer.
Raymond is a stable, caring community that continues to attract an infusion of new families. All around town, there’s evidence of the energy and creativity of Raymond administration and citizens working together to nurture the vibrancy of this town.
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