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Freedom

With its eastern boundary running along the Maine border and abutting Ossipee Lake. Freedom is a little town surrounding a small village well off the beaten path. Its name reflects its history: in 1831, the village of North Effingham voted to secede from Effingham, and in 1832, the new town celebrated its independence by changing its name to Freedom.

Sample the town's history by visiting the historical society that maintains a charming museum, or by driving the back roads with its many historic houses. Each year near Christmas, a group in town hosts a historic house tour, where private individuals will open their beautifully decorated houses to visitors. Residents in town also have a Ring in the Holidays craft fair that is held at various locations throughout town. The town has been the setting for a couple of stories, including the children's fantasy book called The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth, first published in 1956 but reissued years later.

Residents of present-day and from the past travel back to town every year for Freedom Old Home Week that takes place in August. This year the events run from August 1 to 10. The event was created to encourage people to come back to their roots to enjoy many different social events through the week. Freedom is one of only five towns throughout the state that still celebrates a full Old Home Week. Activities are varied and include a myriad of events that bring current and former residents and their families together. For complete schedule, visit www.freedomoldhomeweek.org.

Residents and visitors alike enjoy the Trout Pond Town Forest. This 2,600-acre parcel, located north of Ossipee Lake Road, was purchased with public and private donations to save it from development. With the pond located at its heart, it is an ideal place to enjoy such low-impact activities such as hiking, biking, and bird-watching in the spring and summer, and skiing and snowmobiling in the winter.

In its continuing efforts to protect open space and to maintain responsible growth, the town's planning board has updated the master plan and has made recycling mandatory for anyone using the town's transfer station.

In the summer, the population of Freedom more than doubles when children from all over the country settle into the numerous summer camps located on the shores of Ossipee Lake for a summer filled with hiking, boating and swimming.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

 

Police Department
539-8268
Fire Department
539-4261
Town Clerk
539-8269
Tax Collector
539-5572
Selectmen
539-6323
Transfer Station
539-6364
Freedom Elementary School
539-2077
Kennett Middle School
447-6364
Kennett High School
356-4343
Library
539-5176
Zoning Officer
539-6323
Building Inspector
539-6323

 

Police Department
539-8268

Fire Department
539-4261

Town Clerk
539-8269

Tax Collector
539-5572

Selectmen
539-6323

Transfer Station
539-6364

Freedom Elementary School
539-2077

Kennett Middle School
447-6364

Kennett High School
356-4343

Library
539-5176

Zoning Officer
539-6323

Building Inspector
539-6323

Website : www.FreedomOldHomeWeek.org

Town of Freedom
Board of Selectmen
33 Old Portland Road, PO Box 227
Freedom, NH 03836

Local Weather for West Ossipee, NH 

Today  (03/25/2017)
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