Did you know New Hampshire is home to the first women's strike, the first alarm clock, and the first to adopt a legal lottery?

Here are some of the other surprising facts about New Hampshire that you'll find on 50states.com:

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    Of the thirteen original colonies, New Hampshire was the first to declare its independence from Mother England -- a full six months before the Declaration of Independence was signed.

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    New Hampshire adopted the first legal lottery in the twentieth century United States in 1963.

  • 3

    On December 30, 1828, about 400 mill girls walked out of the Dover Cotton Factory enacting the first women's strike in the United States. The Dover mill girls were forced to give in when the mill owners immediately began advertising for replacement workers.

  • 4

    Levi Hutchins of Concord invented the first alarm clock in 1787.

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    Dover was settled in 1623. It is the oldest permanent settlement in New Hampshire.

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    America's Stonehenge is a 4000 year old megalithic (stone constructed) site located on Mystery Hill in Salem and presently serves as a leisurely, educational tour for the whole family.

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    New Hampshire has 10 counties, 13 municipalities, 221 towns and 22 unincorporated places.

  • 8

    Sarah Josepha Hale author and journalist who wrote the poem "Mary Had a Little Lamb" in 1830 is from Newport, New Hampshire

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    The first capital city of New Hampshire was in Exeter.

  • 10

    It takes approximately 40 gallons of sap to make approximately 1 gallon of maple syrup.

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    New Castle is the smallest town in New Hampshire. It covers .8 square miles, or 512 acres. The town is composed of one large island and several smaller islands, and serves as a scenic residential and recreational community.