Initially incorporated in 1727 as a part of the nearby town of Gilmanton, Belmont was separated by an act of the Legislature in 1859 and adopted the name, Belmont, in 1869 (Charter Info). It was home to William Badger who served as NH Governor for two consecutive terms beginning in 1834.
The current population is 7,300 (2016 OEP Est), although the seasonal influx of temporary residents during both the summer and winter recreational seasons greatly increases that number. Belmont contains 30.2 square miles of land area and 1.8 square miles of inland water area. NHES Community Profile
Nineteen miles of State highways and sixty-five miles of Town highways provide excellent transportation routes throughout the community. Three Town highways have also been designated as Scenic Roads and municipal water and sewer serve the population centers; sewer also extends along most of the lakefront area.
Like much of New Hampshire, Belmont's history centers on the flowage of the Tioga River and the mills that clustered along its banks. The Town Seal indicates the importance that this industry played in Belmont's past.
Belmont is administered by a three-member Board of Selectmen with a Town Administrator. In 2017, the Town had a $9.8 million budget and an unadjusted valuation of $735 million, 14% of which was based on commercial and industrial properties.
The 20-member Police Department is located at 16 Fuller Street. Fire and medical emergency services are provided from one central station by the 33-member Belmont Fire Department. The Fire Station, at 14 Gilmanton Road, built primarily through volunteer efforts is staffed 24/7.
Highway and Municipal Utility and Buildings maintenance and services are provided by an 11-member Public Works Department. The Public Works facility is located at 149 Hurricane Road and includes a completely enclosed road-salt storage building for the long-term protection of our community aquifer. The Belmont Town Offices, at 143 Main Street, Belmont Corner Meeting House at 16 Sargent and Belmont Mill at 14 Mill Street house the remaining service and administrative offices of the Town.
The Belmont Mill, an 1833 brick structure originally constructed by the Gilmanton Village Manufacturing Company was restored and rededicated through community efforts in 1998 and currently additionally houses several community service facilities. In 2011, the Belmont Village landmark was cited by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance as one of the state's 25 Milestone Preservation Projects over the last quarter century, and Mill project subsequently received a preservation award from the Victorian Society in America/New England chapter, marking only the fourth New Hampshire endeavor honored by this national and international nonprofit organization.
Citizens also enjoy the use of The Leslie E. Roberts Beach & Recreation Area, Sargent Park, the Town Forest and other Conservation parcels, and the Belmont RideShare facilities.
Tax free shopping opportunities abound with local and area shops and malls. The Belknap Mall in Belmont provides excellent shopping every day. NH I-93, Exit 20 in Tilton has developed into a premiere shopping destination with the Tanger Mall and many other adjacent stores.
Health care needs of residents and visitors are served by Belknap Family Health Center located in the Belmont Mill, LRGH Belmont Healthcare on Corporate Drive, Clear Choice Urgent Care facility in the Belknap Mall and the Lakes Region General Hospital with additional offices in Laconia, Tilton and Franklin.
The Laconia, Concord and Manchester Airports provide quick, direct access to and from the entire Lakes Region.
Be sure to visit our Community Projects pages as well as our Open Space, Recreation & Protected Places and Community Events pages to learn more about activities occurring within the community.
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What is the tallest building in Belmont?
The tallest building reported in Belmont is the Belmont Mill.
How big is Belmont?
Belmont contains 30.2 square miles of land area and 1.8 square miles of inland water area.
How many roads are there in Belmont?
There are 131 Class V Town maintained public roads and 10 Class VI Town unmaintained public roads in Belmont, both totaling 65 miles in length; 3 of which have been designated as Scenic Roads.
There are 4 State highways in Belmont totaling 19 miles in length.
There are 134 private roads in Belmont, nine of which have been designated as Emergency Lanes.
How many lakes are there in Belmont?
Belmont has waterfront on Lake Winnisquam, Silver Lake and Sargent Lake.