Tilton Downtown Historic District
|Location||Roughly Main St. between Central and Bridge Sts., Tilton, New Hampshire|
|Area||3.4 acres (1.4 ha)|
|Architectural style||Mixed (more Than 2 Styles From Different Periods), Late Victorian|
|NRHP reference No.||83001128|
|Added to NRHP||July 7, 1983|
The Tilton Downtown Historic District encompasses a roughly one-block section of Main Street (United States Route 3) in the center of Tilton, New Hampshire. It extends from Central Street in the west to Bridge and School Streets in the east, including all of the buildings on the north side of this section, and a cluster of buildings on the south side near Bridge Street. The area has long been a commercial and industrial center for the town, although most of the buildings now date from the late 19th century onward, and include a fine array of Victorian architecture. The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
The area that is now Tilton was part of a colonial land grant made in 1748 and first settled in 1764 as part of Sanbornton. The first bridge in the area over the Winnipesaukee River was built near the site of Tilton's Bridge Street bridge in 1763, and the first sawmill and gristmill opened on the river in 1765-66. The area between the bridge and the mills became what is now Tilton's Main Street. A store was opened near the bridge in 1798, and it is home to Tilton's first church, the 1838 Greek and Gothic Revival Northfield-Tilton Congregational Church, which still stands and is the district's oldest building. The village's growing economic independence prompted its eventual separation from Sanbornton in 1869.
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