Ashland is a town in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. Ashland New Hampshire is located near the geographical center of the state, Ashland is home to Scribner-Fellows State Forest.
Ashland was once the southwestern corner of Holderness, chartered in 1751. The Squam River, with falls that drop about 112 feet (34 m) before meeting the Pemigewasset River. The falls provided water power for mills, and in 1770-1771, a sawmill and gristmill were built. The Squam Lake Woolen Mill was established in 1840. Goods manufactured at local factories included hosiery, gloves, sporting equipment, wood products and paper.The last textile mill, the L.W. Packard Company, would close in 2002, and Ashland is today a residential and resort community.
The Boston, Concord & Montreal Railroad entered in 1849, carrying freight but also tourists bound for hotels on the Squam Lakes, to which they traveled by steamer up the Squam River. Ashland is drained by the Squam River and Owl Brook. Little Squam Lake is on the eastern boundary. The highest point in Ashland is Hicks Hill, at 1,386 feet (422 m) above sea level. Ashland lies fully within the Merrimack River watershed.