Newington is situated in New Hampshire's Seacoast Region, sixty miles northeast of Boston and sixty miles southwest of Portland. The town is bordered on three sides by the Piscataqua River and the Great Bay Estuary. The Town was founded in 1713 and is home to a well-planned mix of beautiful residential neighborhoods as well as bustling commercial and industrial districts.
Although Newington is widely noted for its vibrant commercial and industrial sectors, lesser known is the care with which the townspeople have preserved historic landmarks, architecture, and archeological sites. Newington's residential district features many historic homes, open fields, and sweeping vistas of Little Bay and Great Bay.
Newington's 110 acre Old Town Center Historic District features an eighteenth century parsonage, a nineteenth century Town Hall, the 1892 Langdon Library, the oldest Town Forest in the United States, the oldest New Hampshire meetinghouse (1712) in continuous use, and a row of horse sheds behind the meetinghouse that were once commonplace, but are now quite rare. The entire district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Despite the town's comparatively small land area, Newington has more publicly owned conservation land than any other municipality in southeastern New Hampshire. Protected tracts include the 120 acre Fox Point which juts far into Little Bay, and the spectacular 1,100 acre Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge which accounts for six miles of shoreline along the Great Bay Estuary.
Newington prides itself on being a small town with big city amenities. The Town shares ownership of the only deep-water port in the state and is served by the COAST bus system, the Pan Am Railroad, and the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease, which offers both passenger and commercial services. Newington's commercial district is at the center of New Hampshire's third largest retail market, with strategic proximity to the highway that connects the cities of Rochester, Dover, Somersworth, and Portsmouth. Easy access to Maine and Massachusetts is also assured by proximity to Interstate 95.