Most of us have many sides to our personality. You may have a side of you that loves being in the wilderness, experiencing the kind of outdoor adventures like hunting, hiking, ATVing and fishing that New Hampshire’s North Country is legendary for. But you may also have another side of you that appreciates arts and culture – watching theater productions, exploring an interesting museum, perusing art work. Thankfully, the North Country has that, too.
Visit, and you can experience the region’s vibrant arts and culture community. At the heart of the North Country’s arts and culture scene is the Tillotson Center in Colebrook. The center features a large art gallery exhibiting work by local artists, including photography, paintings, ceramics and wood carvings. The center also has a museum devoted to the region’s history and a 171-seat theater that hosts live stage productions, movies, concerts, guest speakers and more.
A great resource is the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts, located in Columbia, NH. They promote musical, cultural and performing arts in the region. The group works to bring world-class entertainment to the region’s venues, with acts ranging from classical and bluegrass to Celtic, folk, jazz and world music
In Stewartstown, visitors can explore the Poore Family Homestead, which is considered by many people to be New Hampshire’s most important historic landmark. The homestead and museum portray life in northern New Hampshire from 1830 to 1980. The homestead’s house, barns and outbuildings are all in authentic condition and reflect their original use and era.
If you’re interested in agriculture, be sure to visit the EcoVillage Institute (also called La Cite Ecologique). This sustainable farming community is located in Colebrook, and features a creative learning center, an organic farm with gardens, greenhouses and more. They also offer seminars and workshops on sustainable farming.
The North Country has many artisan and local specialty shops throughout the region. Among the best are The Old Appletree, April’s Maple, Debanville’s General Store and Cafe, Green Acres Country Store, Treats and Treasures, and Fiddleheads, which has high-quality handcrafted items by local artists. Fiddleheads is also home to the Connecticut River Artisans Gallery.
The whole family will love experiencing the North Country’s lively arts and culture scene!