Dorset, pop. 2,038, is located in Bennington County along Highway 30, six miles north of Manchester. It also lies near Emerald Lake State Park and the Warner Highway.
On August 20, 1761, Benning Wentworth, governor of the Province of New Hampshire, created by royal grant the township of "Dorsett" out of old growth forest. Under the grant's terms, two annual fairs could be scheduled and a market could be set up when there were "50 families resident and settled thereon."
Dorset is situated in a high valley of marble. The first marble quarry in the U.S. was opened in South Dorset in 1785. Other quarries in the area are among the country's oldest. Formerly a major segment of Dorset's economy, they are now a draw for swimmers.
The Dorset Playhouse is host to the Dorset Players and the Dorset Theater Festival. Sportsmen enjoy fishing on the nearby Battenkill River.
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03/05 Coming to The area
Taste of the Valley Plymouth NH March21 Experience all of your favorite local flavors. Several restaurants from the region will be there hoping to win your vote in the "Best in Show" competition.
Green Mountain Film Festival Montpelier VT March22-31 Culture reigns at the Green Mountain Film Festival, featuring powerful programming on a wide range of subjects, interesting and often unexpected guests, and a convivial atmosphere.
7th Annual Great International Spring Beer Festival Providence RI April20 Your Beer Festival Admission Ticket will allow you UNLIMITED SAMPLING of more than 250 brewers, live music, food and MUCH MORE at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
New England Folk Festival Mansfield MA April19-21 A fabulous blend of dance, music, crafts, and food from many lands.
Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival Vernon CT April27 The festival, started in 1909 by the CT Sheep Breeders Association, as a program ""to promote the keeping of sheep in Connecticut"", has evolved and expanded into a premier sheep and fiber festival by providing exhibits, demonstrations and over 60 vendors from the sheep, wool and fiber arena.
Spring Plant Sale Westford NH April27 The Middlesex Conservation District will be holding its annual Spring Plant Sale at the 4H Fairgrounds.