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Rye is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 5,298 at the 2010 census.HistoryThe first settlement in New Hampshire, originally named Pannaway Plantation, was established in 1623 at Odiorne's Point by a group of fishermen led by David Thompson. An early settler in Rye was William Berry. Prior to its incorporation in 1726 as a parish of New Castle, Rye was called Sandy Beach and included land in New Castle, Portsmouth, Greenland and Hampton.GeographyAccording to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.7sqmi, of which 12.6sqmi is land and 24.1sqmi is water, comprising 65.65% of the town. The town is located on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean and includes four of the nine islands known as the Isles of Shoals, which lie approximately 10mi out from the mainland. The highest point in Rye is the summit of Breakfast Hill, at 151ft above sea level, on the town's border with Greenland.The unincorporated community of Rye Beach is in the southern part of the town. Rye Beach has its own U.S. post office, as well as its own zoning enforcement and planning regulations.Our United States trip planning tool allows you to schedule your trip to Rye, learn about its attractions, and find out about where else to go during your holiday.
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