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Dover: A Historic Community on the NH Seacoast

Home to TWO former Olympians, Dover is very proud to be the homes of both Jenny Thompson and Cathy Schiro-O'Brien. Jenny Thompson is the most decorated American Olympian of all time — she holds 12 medals, 8 of which are gold! Cathy Schiro-O'Brien was a marathon runner in the 1992 Summer Olympics. She has been a cross-country coach at Dover Middle School for a number of years.

Dover, NH is located at the southern tip of Strafford County, right between the Cocheco and Bellamy Rivers, and is part of the general Seacoast NH areas. Dover is about 12 miles north of Portsmouth via Route 16, The Spaulding Turnpike.


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Take a Tour of Dover, NH

Stone marker for Historic Site Cochecho Falls in Dover, NH.

Dover, NH was settled in 1623, and at that time, it was one of the first three communities established in NH. Originally called Hilton's Point, after the person who led the group of Englishmen who landed at Dover Point, it was later named Dover after Dover, England. The population back in the very first census poll was 1,998 residents in 1790. Today, the population is around 28,000 or so.

As longtime Portsmouth residents and local Realtors, we love showing our clients around the NH Seacoast. Call us, text us, or visit us and we'll be happy to introduce you to the Dover area!

Five GREAT Reasons to Find Your Home in Dover:

The brick exterior of the Dover Cotton Factory as viewed from across the Cocheco River dam.

Dover Breathes New Life Into Its Historic Sites

Originally built around 1815 as the Dover Cotton Factory, the 380,000-square foot facility was refurbished and now operates as first-class office space for tenants like Dell, Bank of America, MBNA, and several other Fortune 500 companies. The water in the foreground is a mill pond formed by damming the Cochecho River which flows through downtown Dover. Water power was very common many years ago to power all sorts of industry. Dover had a sawmill and a large-scale corn mill in operation in the mid 1600s.

A Kindergarten classroom wall with the words "Dream" above displays of student artwork.

Great Schools Are Close to Home

Dover is home to Dover High School and Dover Middle School, which are part of the Dover School District. The Dover High School teams are known as the "The Green Wave." Three elementary schools service Dover's younger school children: Garrison Elementary School, Horne Street Elementary School, and Woodman Park Elementary School.

Downtown Dover with lots of quaint shops and sidewalk cafes.

Downtown Dover is Beautiful and Thriving

Dover has a beautiful rejuvenated downtown area — lots of beautiful old brick buildings that were redone and now house lots of interesting little shops and restaurants.  As with many cities and towns across the country, Dover was a town that was losing businesses in their downtown district years ago, and they took great steps to keep, and bring more, businesses downtown. Today, downtown Dover is alive and thriving due to these steps taken years ago. You can find a handful of homes for sale in downtown Dover here. 

Screenshot of a map with Dover, NH in the center.

Dover's Location is Just Perfect!

Dover is in a great location — one hour north of Boston, 10 minutes north of Portsmouth, about 35 minutes away from Concord (our state capitol), about 45 minutes to Manchester-Boston Airport, and about 45 minutes south of Portland, Maine. Being on the Cocheco and Bellamy Rivers, both of which empty into the Piscataqua River that runs through Portsmouth and separates New Hampshire and Maine, Dover is an easy boat ride to reach the wide blue Atlantic Ocean — just minutes away!

Dover Square, a central commons with a statue surrounded by grass and streets.

There's Something for Every Resident in Dover

Dover is a WONDERFUL place to live and call home — very community-oriented, with lots of great events held downtown and scattered around town all year long. Their Summer Concerts Series in the summer is wonderful. With all the rivers that run through and around Dover, there are plenty of water activities for you — kayak, canoe, boating, and cruises. Soak up some of the local history — with Dover being the oldest continuous settlement in NH and the 7th oldest in the country, there's loads of history here, including tours of historic homes and 3 historic walking tours of the town. There is something for everyone for sure! 

Talk To The Local Experts

Local residents can't get enough of Dover, NH, from its history to its community events to its outdoor destinations. We know you'll love it here.

If you're considering buying or selling a home in Dover, contact us. As longtime residents and experienced Realtors, we have a wealth of resources about everything from Dover real estate activity to unique local attractions. Let's talk about your goals.

Call or text us at 603-436-1221.

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