Nelson Celebrated its Sestercentennial  (250 years)  in 2017

Here are some of the activities that were included as part of the celebration.

The population of the town at this time was roughly 750 people.

The Sestercentenial Begins!

Starting in May

This exhibit at the Historical Society of Cheshire County honors one of Nelson’s great artists, who was also an accomplished fiddler.

Our friend and neighbor Alan Rumrill,  executive director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County, shares his knowledge and insights on the history of our town.

Official Sestercentennial Day!
Activities going on all day long.


Nelson Old Home Week


Come listen to many of Nelson’s musicians in the Town Hall.

Visit Apple Hill and hear a fabulous concert!

The egg toss is always a smash hit.

Activities all day long.

A Centuries Old Tradition!

The Celebration Continues

September ~ October

What the Town Hall is Famous For

New Hampshire’s Master Folksinger

Creative Commemorations

New Hampshire artist RP Hale made 100 copies of the first edition of this print which were signed and sold during the Sestercentenial.

Celebration Medallions

These medallions (now sold out) depicting the Old Brick Schoolhouse in Nelson Village (now our town offices) were produced to commemorate our 250th town anniversary. They were made in four colors (blue, green, amber and amethyst) from recycled glass using centuries old techniques – giving each piece an odd character not found in machine work. They were made by Chris Salmon of Old Hancock Glassworks. Chris uses an old technique of carving a graphite die for pressing a relief image into molten glass at his workshop in Antrim. He learned the technique while blowing glass for a factory in Germany in 1973. Over the years, he has adapted new machinery to help him render the relief carving with more detail. Chris’ experience in the now-rare art of working in relief helped to bring Karen Tolman’s two-dimensional drawing into three-dimensional glass.