Nelson, New Hampshire

When it comes to small towns within the Granite State, they don’t come much smaller than Nelson, New Hampshire.  With a population of less than 700 people, Nelson ranks as one the smallest incorporated towns in the state.  Small in size, but big on charm and hospitality, Nelson residents love their little hamlet and wouldn’t have it any other way.  One big, happy family, Nelson will welcome you into the fold as soon as you sign the closing papers on your new home.

Originally, the area to eventually become Nelson was designated “Monadnock #6”, sixth in a line of towns designed to protect Colonial New Hampshire against attacks from Native Americans in the region.  Renamed Packersfield in 1774, after Thomas Packer, High Sheriff of Portsmouth, the name was not well-received.  After a failed petition to change the name to Sullivan in 1777, a part of the town was combined with a part from Gilsum and another part from Keene to create the separate town of Sullivan in 1786.  The name of Packerfield stayed until it was finally renamed Nelson in 1814, after Lord Horatio Nelson, an English war hero who died in the British war against Napoleon.

Nelson was one of the towns fortunate enough to be located near several rivers and streams, so in addition to agriculture, the town was able to develop a manufacturing industry.  The town’s village, also called Munsonville, held many manufacturing operations including the LJ Colony Chair Company, which produced upwards of 30,000 chairs each year.  At one point, the village had over 1000 homes and ten school districts.

Since the passing of this heyday, Nelson’s population has dropped dramatically and the town has become more of a seasonal retreat.  The perfect spot to relax your vacation away, many visitors wind up buying a home in Nelson and staying forever.  The sights, the sounds and the people are what make Nelson such an attractive community of which to become a part.  And the town’s location makes it a quick and easy drive to nearby Keene, a college-town that can provide just about anything Nelson residents would need.

Nelson is a part of SAU #29 and educates resident students from kindergarten through the sixth grade.  All other Nelson students attend the Keene Middle School and the Keene High School, both in, of course, Keene.  Due to Nelson’s minute student body, there are no plans to construct additional schools in town.

If getting away from it all is your main goal in buying a new home, Nelson, NH, just may be the perfect fit.  Quiet streets with little traffic, friendly people who know your name and the comforting country atmosphere makes Nelson as near to perfect as you’re likely to find.  If you feel the same, you should call Jim Miller Bean Group at (603) 801-3987.  Jim knows Nelson and all the other wonderful communities within the Granite State.  Come join the family and make your next move a move to New Hampshire.

Nelson School (k-5)
(603) 847-3408

Keene Middle School (6-8)
(603) 357-9020

Keene High School (9-12)
(603) 352-0640

Current Nelson New Hampshire Real Estate MLS Listings for Single Family Homes

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Welcome To Schoolhouse Farm, Home To A Beautifu...

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$1,350,000 Active

  • 7 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 202.37 Acres
  • 5,538 ft²


510 Lead Mine Rd, Nelson, New Hampshire

MLS® #4762005

Welcome To Schoolhouse Farm, Home To A Beautifully Restored And Updated 1790 Farmhouse With A 24 X 24 Barn With 3 Bay Garage Off The Back. There Is A Hobby Chicken Coop With Electric And Water Available. A Spectacular Property That Offers Stunning, Well Est...

Beautiful Granite Lake! Adorable Cottage With A...

Photo of Listing #4762685

$259,000 Active

  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 0.09 Acres
  • 971 ft²


541 Granite Lake Rd, Nelson, New Hampshire

MLS® #4762685

Beautiful Granite Lake! Adorable Cottage With Amazing Views Of The Whole Lake! 30 Feet Of Direct Frontage On The Lake Gives Access To One Of New Hampshire's Most Desirable Water Bodies. The Cozy Cottage Is Set Up Perfectly To Enjoy Lakeside Living. The Well...

Here's The Land You've Been Waiting For! Great ...

REDUCED 11% Photo of Listing #4715355

$155,000 Active

  • 23.5 Acres


455 Old Stoddard Rd, Nelson, New Hampshire

MLS® #4715355

Here's The Land You've Been Waiting For! Great Views On Buildable Land. 23.5 Acres, South Facing, Four-room, Three Season Post & Beam Cabin. Lots Of Timber With 3 Acres Cleared. Garden Area. Current Use. Abuts Harris Center Property. Active Spring. Town-mai...

Perched Above Granite Lake These 22 +/- Acres O...

Photo of Listing #4749575

$135,000 Active

  • 22 Acres


Granite Lake Rd, Nelson, New Hampshire

MLS® #4749575

Perched Above Granite Lake These 22 +/- Acres Offer Privacy And Easy Access To Route 9 And Granite Lake. Driveway Is Roughed In. The Property Is Across From Granite Lake And Does Not Have Lake Frontage. Lake Access Is From The Public Ramp

Do You Remember A Time When You Could Buy A Hou...

Photo of Listing #4757214

$127,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.33 Acres
  • 1,280 ft²


234 Murdough Hill Rd, Nelson, New Hampshire

MLS® #4757214

Do You Remember A Time When You Could Buy A House From The Sears Catalog For Under $3000? Neither Do I, But Here Is Such A House! This Little Cutie Is In A Nice Neighborhood Just A Short Walk From The Public Landing On Granite Lake. While It Does Need W...


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