About Stratham

STRATHAM is a small, somewhat undeveloped town of about 7,100 people located just north of Exeter. Stratham is primarily a bedroom community for commuters working in Portsmouth but not wanting to live in the busy city. Much of Stratham is rolling farmlands no longer in agricultural use. These farms are slowly being developed into residential neighborhoods in this steadily growing community.


Stratham is a quiet town with few main routes but many back roads. Stratham has its share of businesses including Timberland, DeMoulas, Shaw's and Staples but undoubtedly the most well-known aspect of this little town is the annual Stratham Fair, usually held during the last weekend of July. A classic New England style fair, the Stratham Fair boasts live musical acts, 4-H events (such as cattle shows, tractor pulls, an auction, dog shows and forestry demonstrations), baking competitions, clown acts, puppet shows and vendors by the score. There are also amusement park rides, pony rides, face painting and countless other activities to be enjoyed by the children. A mammoth success every year (even in the rain), the Stratham Fair has been entertaining fairgoers for forty years and looks to continue that tradition indefinitely.


Stratham is a part of School Administrative Unit #21. Resident children in grades one through five attend the Stratham Memorial School. Stratham students in grades six through eight are educated at the Cooperative Middle School in Exeter, and students in grades nine through twelve attend Exeter High School as part of the Exeter Cooperative.

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