Photographer's Note

The New Hampshire State House was constructed between 1815 and 1818, and the first session of the General Court began in 1819. As of 2006, the 1819 State House is the oldest state capitol in which the legislature meets in its original chambers.

Granite used to build the capitol came from the present day Swenson quarries; the cutting, shaping and facing of the stone was performed by inmates of the State Prison.

The cost of construction (in the early 1800s) for the building was $82,000. The capitol was designed and built to house the General Court, its committees, the Governor and Council, the Secretary of State, the State Treasurer, and the State Library.


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