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Wakefield, New Hampshire is a town in Carroll County. In 1779, seventy-nine 100-acre parcels were conveyed to investors from Somersworth, Kittery, and Dover. The grant was contingent upon 40 families settling within five years of the end of the French and Indian War. The settlers were found, and by 1767, the first grist and sawmills were built. In 1774, Colonial Governor John Wentworth incorporated the town.  By 1789, there were seven mills. Six stagecoach lines met in the town, so hotels and taverns were very lucrative businesses until the railroad came through Sanbornville, the town just south of Wakefield, in 1871.