The Native Americans of Hampton, N.H.

Below are links to stories and articles about the original inhabitants of the Hampton area.

The Indians of Winnacunnet
1959 Hampton Union article by James W. Tucker
Salt Marsh Indian Relics Are Protected
1978 newspaper article reporting on some local archaelogical digs.
Winnacunnet: An Historic Name for an Historic Town
The origin of the term 'Winnacunnet' came from the local Indians
The Indian House at Hampton Beach
"Owaissa, Owaissa"
An old Indian legend from Hampton Beach
Excerpts from Joseph Dow's History of Hampton
  • Indian Wars
  • Topography (brief discussion of the Indians who were here before the first white men arrived
  • Wigwam Row (where it is believed the local Indian village once lay)
Brackett's Lane Massacre, 1691
The Hunt's Island Site: A Prehistoric Vantage Point on Hampton Harbor, by Mark Greenly
(PDF file) Copyright 1999 Mark D. Greenly. All rights reserved. This article originally appeared in The New Hampshire Archeologist, Volume 39, Number 1, published by the New Hampshire Archeological Society. Copies of this or other issues may be obtained by contacting to Donald Foster, Phillips Exeter Academy, P.O. Box 2277, 20 Main Street, Exeter NH 03833-2460; tel: (603) 777-3452; email:
The pre-history of the Seacoast region