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The small town of Nelson, in Cheshire County, New Hampshire, includes the unincorporated village of Munsonville. The town was granted by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth in 1752, and originally named Monadnock Number 6. The area was first settled in 1767 by Breed Batchelder and Dr. Nathaniel Breed, and incorporated by Governor John Wentworth in 1774 as Packersfield, for Thomas Packer, sheriff at Portsmouth and a major proprietor. In 1814, the town’s name was changed to Nelson, for Horatio Nelson, British admiral and naval hero. Nelson grew up on the rise of land separating the watersheds of the Connecticut and Merrimack rivers, and its rocky terrain was a deterrent to settlement. Today, Nelson has no stores, and mostly just cottage industry, but it has attracted writers, artists, musicians, and craftsmen.



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