Epsom, as of August, 2008:
Sleepy town with some old-fashioned charm (Old Home Days, local talent show, that kind of thing). The nearest full-scale grocery store is a 15 minute drive from town. There are some small convenience stores in the center of town, and a great pharmacy. The roads to and from town are mixed. Some are beautifully rural. The main road from Concord (Route 4) is spotted with junkie businesses and buildings. So your arrival at your home might not be the one you wish for. The town is governed by elected Selectmen, and there's been a patchy history of how well they've done. There's also a zoning board which can make zoning decisions that make no sense. The people are friendly and tend to keep to themselves for the most part. There are nicer towns in central New Hampshire, but Epsom isn't bad for the money.