Set in one of the highest altitude villages in NH, Dublin has long been a center for intellectual and artistic endeavor. The first public library was founded in Dublin in 1822.
After the Civil War, Dublin became a summer resort catering to industrialists from NY, Boston and St. Louis. The great natural beauty of Dublin, was celebrated by such luminaries as Thoreau and Emerson, who both made pilgrimages to Dublin and wrote of its magical quality. Dublin had the mystical Mount Monadnock as a backdrop and its lake, reflected the mountain's iconic profile. Many wealthy summer residents, prominent in government and business, lived in grand, elegantly designed summer homes hidden discreetly around the lake.
Like other American summer resorts, Dublin began as an artists' and writers' colony. Unlike the others, however, Dublin retained the loyalty of its art colony, among whom were the painters Abbott H. Thayer, Rockwell Kent, Richard Meryman, Alexander James, George deForest Brush and Joseph Lindon Smith. Amy Lowell, the cigar-smoking imagist poet, had a house on Beech Hill, Mark Twain spent several summers here and William and Henry James were summer residents.
The Dublin campus builds on this heritage and takes advantage of the long views of the Monadnock Mountain ranges. Our 400 acres encompass a lighted Alpine ski hill, Nordic ski complex with over 7.5 kilometers of fully homologated racing trails, miles of additional mountain biking and running trails, two of the most beautiful athletic fields in New England and easy walking access to pristine Dublin Lake and the wildness of Mt. Monadnock. Our crew program is a five minute ride to Thorndike Pond.
Our built landscape includes over 20 buildings including:
- The Fountain Arts Building with state of the art sound and light equipment, includes an outdoor performance space for spring concerts.
- Gillespie Hall, home to the Putnam Gallery, Spencer Student Center, and the Christopher R. Horgan Art Studio with dedicated space for advanced art portfolio students, high-tech computer lab for digital photography and filmmaking.
- Whitney Gymnasium and health center with seasonal turf field
- The Outdoor Center with ski building shop
- The Perkin Observatory
- Adirondack style boathouse (sailing) on Dublin Lake.
- Christopher Horgan Tennis Center
- Steele Family Boathouse (crew) on Thorndike Pond.
- Robotics labs and maker space
- Music and recording studio
- Academic support center
- Writers' Cottage