Rick Church has contributed extensively to the research and illumination of Nelson’s past. Many of his articles originally appeared on townofnelson.com, the website maintained by the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library.
Nelson’s population had peaked by the time Nehemiah Flint bought his farm in 1827. The sheep craze had resulted in 85 -90% of the land being cleared. It was the height of the family farm producing surpluses sold into other states. But farmers were beginning to move west for more fertile, stone-free soils.