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The town of Sandwich, New Hampshire is part of Carroll County. It includes the villages of North Sandwich and Center Sandwich. It was chartered in 1763 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth and was larger than most grants due to its inaccessibility. It was named after John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, the inventor of the sandwich. Settlers first arrived in Sandwich in 1767, and they established the settlement as agricultural. Soon, they had established churches, schools, and mills as well as businesses including blacksmiths, wheelwrights, and carpenters. By 1790, the population had ballooned to 905. Toward the end of the 19th century, many of the settlers had left the difficult life of Sandwich for the cities west of the town, and the town became a place for tourists, summer residents, and artists. In 1920, the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen established Sandwich Home Industries, offering handmade products such as jewelry, baskets, fiber arts, potter, and prints. The business is still going strong today.

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