The City of Franklin is a community steeped in the historic roots of New Hampshire. The City’s strong civic-mindedness, and its dedication to community service, is founded in the Family Homestead and farm of Daniel Webster, one of New Hampshire’s and America’s great statesmen. Located at the convergence of the Pemigewasset and Winnipesaukee Rivers, and at the headwaters of the Merrimack River, the City had its economic beginnings in the manufacturing operations that relied upon the rivers for power. These same rivers, along with Webster Lake,
help frame the natural landscape that is appreciated by residents and visitors alike. The historic nature of the City’s downtown was cemented [bricked actually] by the location of the mills, the construction of Memorial [City] Hall, the Public Library [funded by Andrew Carnegie], and the creation of Odell Park, which provides recreational opportunities for all citizens.
The City is not constrained by its history though; the elected officials and city staff are all looking towards the future. The Mayor and City Council always have in mind the long term interests of the City. The City Manager and all employees are not afraid to work cooperatively in looking for creative solutions to a variety of issues. Projects such as the 2011-2012 Water Treatment Facility, the Downtown Transportation Improvement Project, and the environmental investigations of some older properties so that they can be revitalized are but three examples of efforts to move the City forward in a positive fashion.
All of these efforts are supported and encouraged by the work of a dedicated core of volunteers who are actively involved in organizations such as Choose Franklin, the Franklin Business and Industrial Development Corporation and the Odell Park Centennial Committee. Residents, both old and new, are not shy about rolling up their sleeves and working to help the City and its people in many different ways.
Working to encourage and expand our commercial base, protecting the water quality of Webster Lake, and providing recreational opportunities for our children are all important components of a community. Franklin’s motto is “The Three Rivers City”, which recognizes that two important waterways join forces here to become an even more vibrant river. The same can be said of Franklin and its residents, business owners, and other concerned allies. The City of Franklin is much more than the simple description of “being centrally located in New Hampshire and 28 miles from Concord and 38 miles from Manchester”. The City is a dedicated group of residents and officials who work together with a common goal of making the City the best it can be. Welcome to our website and our City! If you
ever decide to join us in our efforts the door is always open.