Faraway Hill is a small town located just a few miles north of Manchester, New Hampshire. It was founded by John Halloran (1750-1823), who began his career as a personal aid to Josiah Bartlett (1729-1795), a physician, statesman and New Hampshire’s delegate to the Continental Congress. 

The town was established in 1799 as a comfortable community for the employees of Halloran’s new textile mill along the Merrimack River. He wanted his people to be upwind of the mill so he chose a hill farthest away while still being with travel distance by horse and carriage (hence the name “Faraway Hill”). 

When technology made it possible to have a mill located further from a water source, a small mill was constructed in Faraway Hill that included offices for Halloran Textiles (later renamed Halloran Enterprises). 

Faraway Hill has a town square and somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 residents. It has a mayor and town council. It also initially has an elected sheriff (a holdover from colonial days) that is replaced mid-way through the trilogy by a more contemporary police department. A statue of John Halloran dominates the square which also features a fountain. 

In recent years, Faraway Hill has become a popular destination for tourists as well as a bedroom community for people who work in Manchester. It has a number of charming businesses around the square including some bed & breakfasts.