Walpole is a village of particular beauty and quiet charm. It was granted in 1736 as No. 3, chartered in 1762 and was named in honor of Sir Robert Walpole, Earl of Orford. It contains many architecturally significant old houses, including several associated with Col. Benjamin Bellows, the town’s founder, and members of his family.
The first bridge across the Connecticut River, something of an engineering achievement, was built here in 1785 and is regarded as one of the United State’s most famous early spans. Agriculture, especially specialized branches, and poultry have helped Walpole to prosper. Summer band concerts on the spacious common have become a cultural tradition of this town.
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