Merrimack Valley

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Merrimack Valley has something for everyone. Encompassing the major cities of Concord, Manchester, and Nashua, the region has some of the state’s best shopping districts, finest restaurants, and most impressive museums.

Regular liberty community meet-ups are hosted throughout the region. While the more urban events in Manchester and Nashua draw the largest crowds, there is a strong Free Stater presence in rural areas as well; perhaps most notably in the town of Weare, which holds a liberty community meet-up every other Thursday.

One of the benefits of living in the Merrimack Valley is the ease of access to both city and country. This means that city families are just a quick drive from field trips to farms or hikes in the woods, while those in the country are, likewise, only a short distance from museums, and art and science centers.

Merrimack Valley Blog Posts

Ken and Jennifer

Ken’s Family Leaves the Arizona Desert for New Hampshire

I’ve always had libertarian leanings, but never saw much hope for any major changes, even in Arizona. Then in 2016, I picked up The Economist magazine and happened upon an article entitled ‘Live Free, or Try.’

Robert and Carol

Robert and Carol Choose New Hampshire over Wisconsin

Robert and his family dropped everything to move to New Hampshire, where they are enjoying the beauty, the people, and the feeling of freedom. Robert writes: We saw something in New Hampshire. There is no way I’d ever turn back. It is where we were meant to be.


Alu Leaves New York City for Liberty

I was reminded about the Free State Project while finishing up my research for the freest state and preparing to move to Wyoming. Once my memory was refreshed, I spent some time on the Free State Project’s website, and I re-watched the video I had seen years ago, 101 Reasons Liberty Lives in NH. This tipped the scale from WY to NH…

Jeremy and Ashley of the Merrimack Valley

Jeremy & Ashley ‘Vote for Liberty’ by Moving to New Hampshire

Sometime in 2011, I began listening to Jack Spirko’s The Survival Podcast. As it happened, Jack found the Free State Project for me. Soon after I began listening to his broadcasts, he began to advertise the FSP at the beginning of his shows. I was intrigued…

Cats belonging to Brittany and Jeremy

Brittany and Jeremy Create Sanctuary in the Free State

We were only in South Carolina for a few months before we first saw the 101 Reasons: Liberty Lives in New Hampshire documentary. We were both very intrigued, but we really thought Charleston was our new home…


Hans Leaves Connecticut for freedom in New Hampshire

I was active on the FSP forum for a few months and visited Manchester to explore New Hampshire for myself. While visiting, I met a few Free Staters who easily sold me on moving to enjoy the freedoms here…

Manchester, NH

Manchester, the Queen City

The first time I visited Manchester, the largest city in New Hampshire (pop. 110,000), was back in 2006 when hubby and I came up from NYC to attend our first PorcFest, which you should do too! It was a Sunday, it was dreary out, and Elm Street, the main downtown drag,...

Tour the Merrimack Valley

Merrimack Valley - Manchester, NH

This tour will send you on a scenic exploration of the Merrimack Valley you won’t forget!! Pick up some ice cream, shop in a main street bookstore, walk over a bridge, and enjoy the riverfront view of old mill buildings.

Merrimack Valley Facts

Major Towns: Manchester, Nashua, Concord
Great For: Activism, central location, extroverts, homeschooling, professionals, singles, starting out in NH, walk-ability
Not For: Isolation, low taxes, mountains, off-grid living

Contact a Porcupine!  mail

MarikaSince moving with her family in 2015, Marika has taken a lead role in welcoming visitors and new movers to New Hampshire. She knows this area well and is happy to help you plan your visit!

Bradley and MargotBradley and Margot Keyes have lived in New Hampshire since 2005, homeschooling their four girls, teaching firearms, assisting Porcupine Real Estate, and experimenting with Bitcoin. They love this area and look forward to answering your questions.