Life in Nelson

For a town out in the middle of nowhere with a population of around 7oo, Nelson is a pretty vibrant place. How many other rural towns can boast a world class string quartet, a reputation as the contra dance capital of the world (with a weekly dance in the town hall), a place for folk music concerts that draw audiences from even beyond the Monadnock Region, and a town band with around 40 members that travels all over during the summer playing lawn concerts and parades?

Nelson has a quarterly print newsletter called the Grapevine. You can also read it in online magazine format here. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for the print issues, please write to Elizabeth Williams.

Our Old Home Week celebration, in mid August, is full of fun activities, culminating in Old Home Day, which includes games for kids, a road race, bike race,  band concert, chicken barbecue, book sale, and more.


R.P. Hale

May Pole Event

Nelson, NH in the New York Times

2015 Celebrate Nelson

One of Nelson’s Old Mills: the Stephen Osborn Place written by Rick Church

Nelson Town Hall Front Door

2015 Preservation Merit Award

Igloo on the Nelson Green

Haying at Tolman Pond

Dancing Forever in the Nelson Town Hall

The Town Hall Gets Off the Ground

Take a Hike

Nelson History Is Alive in Many Ways

Nelson Folks Welcome in the Spring

Security Alert

School Vandalism (In the Olden Days)

An Early Nelson School

Selectmen’s Report September 16, 2012

Old Town Records Now Digitally Preserved

A Hike Up Rollstone Mountain