History and Heritage

Bank of New Hampshire is the largest independent bank headquartered in New Hampshire and has grown to 24 offices state wide with more than $1.4 billion in assets since its inception in 1831.

Bank of New Hampshire is a mutual organization, it doesn't answer to stock holders and focuses on the success of its customers, communities and employees. Throughout its long history, the bank continues to be a strong, stable financial organization.

“We are proud to be New Hampshire’s oldest and largest locally owned bank; success means more than what we see on our balance sheet. It’s what we see on the faces of those we serve every day. That’s been our mission for nearly two centuries and it continues to be our mission to this day,” said Mark Primeau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of New Hampshire.

Bank of New Hampshire has played an integral part in New Hampshire's growth and has shown a strong commitment to the communities where their employees serve, live and work. The bank has a long history of providing financial support to non-profit agencies around the state including the Laconia Public Library, Lakes Region Childcare, the Bedford Public Library, the Children's Museum of Portsmouth, Concord VNA, American Red Cross, Avis Goodwin Community Health Center, New Hampshire Food Bank, New Hampshire Humane Society and many, many others. The bank strongly promotes volunteerism and last year bank employees volunteered more than 7,000 hours.

Bank of New Hampshire has prospered through the Civil War, the Great Depression, two World Wars and eight Red Sox World Series Championships. Here is a time line of milestones the bank has reached in its long history in New Hampshire:

  • 1831 - Franklin Pierce signs the charter creating Meredith Bridge Savings Bank
  • 1832 - Receives its first deposit in the amount of $10.50
  • 1869 - Name changes from Meredith Bridge Savings Bank to Laconia Savings Bank
  • 1891 - Assets exceed $1 million dollars
  • 1925 - A new vault is constructed, complete with safe deposit boxes
  • 1953 - The interior of the bank undergoes a major renovation
  • 1969 - ATMs are introduced
  • 1971 - A new main office is constructed on Pleasant Street in Laconia
  • 1994 - First acquisition resulting in two additional offices
  • 1996 - First generation website is launched and the Wealth Management division is established
  • 1999 - Nine new offices acquired from Fleet Bank
  • 2000 - Online Banking service introduced
  • 2005 - Historic French-Atwood barn in Bedford is restored and opened as 16th office
  • 2006 - Footprint expands to the seacoast region by opening a new office in Dover
  • 2008 - Mobile Banking introduced and acquisition of two new office locations; Antrim and Hillsborough
  • 2009 - State Street office in Concord relocates to a newly restored, historic North Main Street building
  • 2011 - Celebrates 180 year anniversary, named the New Hampshire Financial Business of the Year by NH Magazine and assets exceed $1 billion dollars
  • 2012 - Two new offices open in Manchester and Rochester in newly constructed buildings and the name changes from Laconia Savings Bank to Bank of New Hampshire to better reflect who we have become
  • 2013 - Keene LPO established, Plymouth office is renovated and BeMobile Deposit apps for tablets and smartphones are introduced 
  • 2016 - Acquired offices in Plymouth and Campton to bring us to 23 offices
  • 2016 - Opened our 24th office on the seacoast in Portsmouth