Special Report

100 American Towns Founded Before the American Revolution

11. Portsmouth, New Hampshire
> Founded: 1630
> Population: 21,458

Portsmouth was a sanctuary for those fleeing religious persecution in Massachusetts.

Source: Lee Cannon / Flickr

12. Lewes, Delaware
> Founded: 1631
> Population: 2,955

Located on Delaware Bay, Lewes was first settled by the Dutch.

13. Windsor, Connecticut
> Founded: 1633
> Population: 29,044

Windsor was Connecticut’s first English settlement.

14. Wethersfield, Connecticut
> Founded: 1634
> Population: 26,396

One of Connecticut’s oldest towns settled by the English, Wethersfield was another town where witch trials were held in the 17th century.

15. Concord, Massachusetts
> Founded: 1635
> Population: 17,668

One of the places where the Revolutionary War began, Concord was settled by English colonists.

Source: Sean Pavone / Getty Images

16. Hartford, Connecticut
> Founded: 1636
> Population: 124,320

Puritans led by Rev. Thomas Hooker created a settlement on the Connecticut River.

Source: DenisTangneyJr / Getty Images

17. Providence, Rhode Island
> Founded: 1636
> Population: 178,851

Roger Williams, banished from Massachusetts Bay Colony for radical views, bought land from Native Americans and founded Providence.

Source: KenWiedemann / Getty Images

18. Scituate, Massachusetts
> Founded: 1636
> Population: 5,471

Scituate was settled by people from the county of Kent in England. The name “Scituate” is derived from the Native American word Satuit, meaning “cold brook.”

Source: DenisTangneyJr / Getty Images

19. New Haven, Connecticut
> Founded: 1638
> Population: 130,405

Founded by Puritans, New Haven was one of America’s first planned towns.

Source: DenisTangneyJr / Getty Images

20. Exeter, New Hampshire
> Founded: 1638
> Population: 9,022

Exeter founder Reverend John Wheelwright was an exile from Puritan Massachusetts. He bought land for the settlement from Native Americans.

Sponsored: Find a Qualified Financial Advisor

Finding a qualified financial advisor doesn’t have to be hard. SmartAsset’s free tool matches you with up to 3 fiduciary financial advisors in your area in 5 minutes. Each advisor has been vetted by SmartAsset and is held to a fiduciary standard to act in your best interests. If you’re ready to be matched with local advisors that can help you achieve your financial goals, get started now.