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.


A New Minister

Frank’s Kitchen

Trails in Nelson

Off the Beaten Path: Beyond Silver Lake

Foster’s Dismissal

Forum ReUnion

On The Ski Hill at Tolman Pond

Founding the Church

Nelson Community Forum Report

The Town Pound

First Meetinghouse

The Nelson Community Forum Follow-up

Agricultural Commission Update

Party Lines


The Hotel Nelson Revisited

Packersfield Becomes Nelson

The New Salt Barn

Fight over Incorporation:

A Great Old Home Day