100 Towns Founded Before the American Revolution

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91. Grafton, Vermont
> Founded: 1754
> Population: 679

The town was founded in 1754 and was originally called Thomlinson, after English business agent John Thomlinson. The name was later changed to Grafton.

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92. Hanover, New Hampshire
> Founded: 1761
> Population: 8,482

Colonists from Connecticut were granted a charter to create Hanover, a town that would become the home of Dartmouth College.

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93. Shepherdstown, West Virginia
> Founded: 1762
> Population: 1,734

Colonial settlers migrating into Shenandoah Valley founded Shepherdstown.

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94. Romney, West Virginia
> Founded: 1762
> Population: 2,301

Founded by colonial settlers, Romney claims to be West Virginia’s oldest town.

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95. Allentown, Pennsylvania
> Founded: 1762
> Population: 121,442

William Allen, chief justice of colonial Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court, founded Allentown, which he originally named Northamptontown.

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96. Charlotte, North Carolina
> Founded: 1768
> Population: 885,708

Colonists from England named the town after King George III’s wife, Charlotte, who was born in what is now Germany.

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97. San Diego, California
> Founded: 1769
> Population: 1,423,851

San Diego was founded by Spanish missionaries. It was the first settlement by Europeans in what would become California.

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98. Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
> Founded: 1770s
> Population: 5,572

Prairie du Chien was founded by French missionaries, explorers, and fur traders.

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99. Ellicott, Maryland
> Founded: 1772
> Population: 70,780

Brothers Joseph, Andrew, and John Ellicott, who were Quakers, founded Ellicott’s Mills after buying property west of Baltimore.

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100. Harrodsburg, Kentucky
> Founded: 1774
> Population: 8,409

Harrodsburg, founded by James Harrod, claims to be the oldest permanent English settlement west of the Allegheny Mountains.

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