The North End Neighborhood lies along the northern edge of Manchester. Formerly known for its State Fairs and used as a Regimental Camp during the Civil War, the North End is steeped in history. The North End neighborhood is bordered to the north and west by the Merrimack River, the Hooksett town line to the east, and Hooksett Road to the southeast.
The North End was home to the Eaton House, which stood on the corner of Salmon and Chestnut Streets, and whose cellar still contains a famous well that supplied water to Civil War soldiers. Following the Civil War, many of Manchester’s wealthy families moved from Downtown homes to mansions on the edges of the City. North Elm Street became home to many of the City’s most prominent families, including Ezekiel Straw and Governor Frederick Smyth. The palatial Gothic, Queen Anne, and Italianate Style Homes were monuments to the prominence of Manchester’s industry and its successful inhabitants. Today, many businesses can be found in the dense southern end of this historically affluent neighborhood, with a more suburban feel in the north.
SOURCE: Manchester Historic Association