History of Arts in the Upper Valley

The Upper Valley has strong artistic roots. More than a hundred years ago the Cornish Art Colony was founded and flourished through the years of World War I. And while Cornish NH was the center of activities for the Colony, the Colony was spread out over Windsor, VT and Plaineifld, NH as well. Drawn by the views in the area over 100 artists, sculptors, writers, designers, and more lived there during this time. 

Augustus Saint-Gaudens was a central and founding figure of the colony. After his death in 1907 the colony ultimately faded away. But a taste of the collection of artisans remains and it is survived by the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, NH. There you can see Saint-Gaudens house and gardens and over 100 of his and others’ works. 

For more information about the Cornish Colony visit these sites: