W hen we decided to see whether there were 603 reasons that New Hampshire is a special place, we knew who to ask first — the 1,000-plus people who “like” the Derry News on Facebook.
We were not disappointed.
In fact, we had to cut it off at 603, but the responses kept coming.
There’s no shortage of pride and passion for the Granite State — from natives, transplants, even those who have left physically, but still keep New Hampshire close to their hearts.
Many people spoke of the state’s physical attributes and beauty, from the shores of Canobie Lake to the scenery along the Kancamagus Highway, especially in the fall.
Some waxed eloquently and some very specifically.
“The color of the big oak tree in front of Robert Frost Farm in early October,” Ann Madden wrote. “It is the most breathtaking tree I have ever seen.”
Apples and local orchards were popular, too.
They’re magical for Lorralyn Juergens all year long.
“I have to say the apple orchards from the winter to the fall. Winter offers cross-country skiing through the orchards, spring offers walking through the multitude of blossoms, summer offers the view of growing apples and picnics at available picnic tables,” she wrote. “Fall, of course, offers harvest season picking a delicious apple right off the tree. This is my kind of heaven and is why I moved to Londonderry all those years ago.”
People mattered to our readers, too, from the well known, including Alan B. Shepard Jr. and Robert Frost, to the ordinary residents who make the state what it is.
Here’s what Rachel Bradley Logan wrote, which reflects comments by many others.
“I really love New Hampshire because of the warm and welcoming people I have met,” she wrote. “When we moved here four years ago from Florida, in January right after the huge ice storm, we were so pleased to have such wonderful neighbors, teachers, and community that helped us acclimate and feel at home.”