Governor Wentworth, New Hampshire's first Royal Governor, named this town in honor of his friend John Henniker, a London merchant and member of the British Parliament, and residents delight in their town's status as "the only Henniker in the world." Once a mill town that produced bicycle rims and other light-industrial items, Henniker reinvented itself after its factories were damaged, first by spring floods in 1936 and again by the hurricane and flood of 1938. New England College was established the following decade, adding life to this town of about 4,000. One of the area's covered bridges is on the campus.
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