The Brigadoon Article

 Here’s a little piece of whimsy I dashed off quite a few years ago when some event or threat of development or decision of the then Town Fathers made me wish we could just Brigadoon the whole town.

Russ Thomas

The Brigadoon Article

To see if the town will vote to proclaim the Town of Nelson a voluntary and positive anachronism, and to authorize the Selectmen to petition the state and federal governments to acknowledge that this town wishes to be, if it must, an island of calm and quiet in the very midst of what is called “inevitable growth”. By anachronism is meant: a place of woods, fields and wildlife; a non-commercial village with houses scattered through the hills in random fashion; a place which time passes by; a town in which one may do as one wishes with one’s own property if it is not harmful to neighbors or posterity; a town which may not bustle but nonetheless will thrive; a place to come home to. The town may, in its wisdom through the years, enact pertinent legislation to strengthen this article.


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The Brigadoon Article

To see if the town will vote to proclaim the Town of Nelson a voluntary and positive anachronism, and to authorize the Selectmen to . . .

Our First Day in Nelson

In 1977, Sam and I saw an ad in the Harvard Crimson (thank you Karen Tolman) for a camp for rent in Nelson, near a place called Tolman Pond. We had some friends in Peterborough and Hancock, so we decided to rent the cabin to get out of Cambridge in the summer.

By |2021-08-16T20:44:09-04:00August 12, 2021|Nelson Small Talk, Small Talk|4 Comments


  1. Sandy ferguson l August 19, 2021 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Hi Great info. please provide more Sf

  2. Candyce L Fulford August 19, 2021 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    How odd! I have found myself likening our little town to the fabled town of Brigadoon recently. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to pass such an Article? However, let’s adopt the Article leaving out the 100 year’s sleep part, OK?

  3. Julie Snow September 22, 2021 at 7:30 am - Reply

    Russ, Such a lovely piece….so Nelson, so you!

  4. Beth October 6, 2021 at 9:25 am - Reply

    While this is one of the reason I love this place so, lately I’ve been seeing the reality of a beautifully aging population struggling to find ways to bring young people in to keep the town alive. I guess we have to support young people and families in creative ways for them to be able to move here. Thanks for your article, Russ.

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