New Hampshire’s North Country is known for its incredible outdoor experiences. But many people are surprised to learn the area is also home to a vibrant arts and culture scene with high-quality theater productions, fascinating museums and interesting artisan gift shops.
The hub of the region’s arts and culture community is the Tillotson Center in Colebrook. The center features a large art gallery that exhibits 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 regularly hosts live stage productions, movies, concerts, guest speakers and more.
Another popular attraction is the Poore Family Homestead in Stewartstown. Considered by many people to be New Hampshire’s most important historic landmark, the homestead and museum portray what life was like in the area from 1830 to 1980. The homestead’s house, barns and other buildings are all in authentic condition and reflect their original use and era.
For visitors interested in agriculture, the EcoVillage Institute – also referred to as La Cite Ecologique – is a sustainable farming community with a creative learning center. It has an organic farm with beautiful gardens, greenhouses, and they offer seminars and workshops on sustainable farming practices.
The region is also home to several artisan shops, such as Fiddleheads, which offers high-quality, handcrafted items by regional artists, and the North Country Marketplace, which features locally-made crafts such as baskets, woodwork and handmade hats.
If you have an interest in art and history, you’ll certainly find the North Country’s robust cultural scene to be enjoyable and inspiring.