Atkinson, NH Town Information

Atkinson is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 6,751 at the 2010 census.
Atkinson has a rich history, dating back to the American Revolution. The community was incorporated 3 September 1767,and was named after Colonel Theodore Atkinson, a local landowner. Atkinson Academy, the second-oldest co-educational school in the country, was founded as a boys' school in 1787 by Reverend Stephen Peabody, General Nathaniel Peabody and Doctor William Cogswell; it began admitting girls in 1791. he school building burnt to the ground in 1802, and was rebuilt in 1803 at a cost of $2,500. That building remains a part of the Academy, with only four classrooms. Other historic buildings, such the Atkinson Historical Society and Library, Rockwell School (current police station), and many more, grace this southern New Hampshire town with their rich historical value and education of the history of the area. Relatives of former President John Quincy Adams live in Atkinson, along with famous politicians and businessmen. Atkinson's history can be read about in depth in the book Atkinson Then and Now, which can be purchased at the Atkinson Public Library on Academy Avenue.

Town information courtesy of Wikipedia