Dorchester, New Hampshire

About halfway up the state and set squarely between Routes 93, 89 and Vermont’s Route 91, lies the tiny town of Dorchester, New Hampshire, with a population of barely 350 people.  While Dorchester may reside between these three interstate highways, it is not within ten miles of any one of them and the few residents within are easily able to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the quiet New Hampshire countryside.

Dorchester was first chartered in 1761 and was incorporated that same year.  Since the original grantees did not live up to the terms put forth in the charter, the area was granted once more in 1766.  Failing to meet the terms yet again, the territory was again re-granted in 1772, after which the residents finally completed the required tasks.  The name of Dorchester held throughout the first eleven tumultuous years and remains today.  Dorchester was so-named for an ancestor of then-Governor Benning Wentworth who had once held the title of Marquis of Dorchester.

Dorchester was never a large town.  Pinning their hopes on hunting, fishing and farming, residents of Dorchester eked out a living in this manner for nearly two hundred years – quite a feat considering their distance from the more populated NH towns of Portsmouth, Dover, Concord or Manchester.  The smaller Route 118 runs past Dorchester, but until the advent of the auto, Dorchester was easily a two-day journey from the seacoast by horse.

Today, Dorchester is just a sleepy little village tucked in the rolling hills and mountains of central New Hampshire.  Dorchester has very little industry or retail business in town with no plans for any in the foreseeable future.  A bedroom community for folks working in Canaan or Plymouth, NH or even White River Junction, Vermont, Dorchester is the ideal town to return to after a hard day’s work – quiet, uncluttered and rife with natural beauty.

Dorchester students are a part of the SAU 62 Mascoma Valley Regional School District and have no true school of their own in town.  Younger students attend the Canaan Elementary School (in Canaan) while older students are educated at both the Indian River School and the Mascoma Valley Regional High School, both also located in Canaan.

It’s easy to get away from it all when you live in Dorchester since the town itself is quite “away from it all” to begin with.  There aren’t many homes for sale in Dorchester, but when there are, it’s important to have someone who knows the NH real estate market like Jim Miller Bean Group.  Jim knows New Hampshire inside and out and he wants to be your conduit to home ownership in the Granite State.  Give him a call at (603) 801-3987.  If you’re looking to buy a home in New Hampshire, Jim Miller is your man.

Canaan Elementary School (k-4)
(603) 523-4312

Indian River School (5-8)
(603) 632-4357

Mascoma Valley Regional High School (9-12)
(603) 632-4308

Current Dorchester New Hampshire Real Estate MLS Listings for Single Family Homes

11 Properties Found. Page 1 of 1

With Spectacular Long Range Mountain Views Capt...

Photo of Listing #4761295

$749,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 25.31 Acres
  • 4,110 ft²


121 Clough Rd, Dorchester, New Hampshire

MLS® #4761295

With Spectacular Long Range Mountain Views Captured From Nearly Every Room, This Impeccably Maintained 4 Bedroom, 4 Bath Retreat Will Delight You In Every Way Possible. The New England Farmhouse Ambiance Is Captured With Detailed Hardware Fixtures, 7 Rumfor...

This Lovely Turn-key Home Includes 3 Bedrooms, ...

Photo of Listing #4757639

$349,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 11.61 Acres
  • 2,943 ft²


96 Cross Rd, Dorchester, New Hampshire

MLS® #4757639

This Lovely Turn-key Home Includes 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, And Finished Basement. You'll Appreciate The Attached Heated Two Car Garage, Separate Detached Three Car Garage, And Large Shed A With Wood Stove For All Your Toys And Extra Storage Needs. The 20x10...

Well Maintained Three-bedroom, Two-bathroom Hom...

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #4750616

$214,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2.3 Acres
  • 1,248 ft²


731 River Rd, Dorchester, New Hampshire

MLS® #4750616

Well Maintained Three-bedroom, Two-bathroom Home Situated On The South Branch Of The Baker River. This Home Offers A Fully Applianced Kitchen With A Separate Dining Room And A Living Room With Hardwood Floors. Enjoy The Sound Of The Flowing Water From Your ...

53 Acre Lot Located In The Quiet Town Of Dorche...

Photo of Listing #4705064

$199,000 Active

  • 53.16 Acres


Nh Route 118 Es Rte, Dorchester, New Hampshire

MLS® #4705064

53 Acre Lot Located In The Quiet Town Of Dorchester On Rt 118 It's Just 20 Minutes To Psucollege And 35 Minutes To Dhmc Hospital In Hanover. Property Is High And Dry 1600' Above Sea Level That Offers Excellent Wind Or Solar Opportunity. Very Private Setting...

On A Hilltop In The Quiet Town Of Dorchester, N...

Photo of Listing #4663569

$179,900 Active

  • 125 Acres


118 Rte, Dorchester, New Hampshire

MLS® #4663569

On A Hilltop In The Quiet Town Of Dorchester, Nh Lies 125 Acres Of Undeveloped, Sloping, Wooded Land. 2636 Feet Of Road Frontage, Coupled With Close Proximity To 50 Miles (and Growing!) Of Professionally Developed Mountain Biking And Cross Country Skiing...

Outdoorsmans Property, This Camp Style Property...

Photo of Listing #4768589

$89,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 9.5 Acres
  • 800 ft²


1715 Nh Route 118 Hwy, Dorchester, New Hampshire

MLS® #4768589

Outdoorsmans Property, This Camp Style Property Features Great Location For All That Country Living Or Vacation Property Has To Offer. Hiking ,biking Fishing,hunting To Name A Few. In Need Of Some Tlc Someone With Vision Could Make This A Great Spot For ...

Apple Pie & Apple Crisp From Your Own Apple Orc...

Photo of Listing #4758910

$84,900 Active

  • 4.93 Acres


2407 Nh Rt 118, Dorchester, New Hampshire

MLS® #4758910

Apple Pie & Apple Crisp From Your Own Apple Orchard. This Is A Beautiful Property Which Puts You At Ease As Soon As You Drive On. Leave Your Worries Behind, Relax And Enjoy The "fruits" Of Someone Else's Labors. There Are Aprox A Couple Dozen Healthy Looki...

Views, Views! Roughed In Driveway Takes You To ...

REDUCED 8% Photo of Listing #4005404

$54,900 Active

  • 8.33 Acres


9b Bickford Woods Rd, Dorchester, New Hampshire

MLS® #4005404

Views, Views! Roughed In Driveway Takes You To Gorgeous Sweeping Mountain Views On This 8.33 Acres Property. (additional 10 Acres Available On Abutting Lot - See Mls# 4774152) Located On Town Maintained Paved Road. Surveyed, Test Pit & Soils, Topo. 15 Minut...

Dorchester - Two Lots Of Record With Gently Slo...

Photo of Listing #4741211

$54,871 Active

  • 13.4 Acres


435 River Rd, Dorchester, New Hampshire

MLS® #4741211

Dorchester - Two Lots Of Record With Gently Sloping, Driveway Access To A Cleared Site Already In Place. Selective Timber Harvest Has Created An Open And Park-like Setting. Old Camper On A Nice Site On A Ridge. This Location Is Near South Baker Pond And ...


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Listing information last updated on October 14th, 2019 at 7:21am EDT.