Nelson Town Hall

Nelson Town Hall2020-12-17T18:26:13+00:00

The Nelson Town Hall is legendary for it’s cultural programs: concerts, dances, library forums, and more. But it’s also where Nelson has practiced its democracy for the last 175 years, with lively town meetings, and public hearings. It’s got a home feel to it, and many people feel an intimate connection to the building. It’s seen a few improvements (including a needed renovation in 2115),  and earlier, the replacement of an outhouse with real plumbing, and a furnace eliminating the need for a wood stove. But it seems to hold on to the same spirit. It’s a special place for all who live here, and many who visit.

Dancing Forever

Not too long ago a piano tuner submitted a bill for work done on the piano in the Nelson Town Hall. With his invoice he included the following comment: “Because of the age of this piano and long abandoned construction practices, it is impossible to give this piano a highly accurate tuning. It has numerous false beats, inharmonicity, and heavy wear. Surprisingly, the overall tone is superior and the action is still fast and responsive. I suspect the piano is favored by those who play on it.”

The Nelson Town Hall Front Door

In 2013, the Town of Nelson received a grant from the State of New Hampshire’s Division of Historical Resources Moose Plate Program “to repair the historic windows and front door of the Nelson Town Hall.” The door was taken apart and each piece was studied, dissected, stripped, repaired, primed and painted. Here are excerpts from an example of the scrutiny that each piece received.

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