Dublin, one of the highest towns in the state (elevation 1,439 feet), is on the dividing line between the Connecticut and Merrimack river watersheds. It was granted in 1749, settled in 1752 by Scotch-Irish families, and chartered in 1771.

The people here were aware early of their town’s special scenic beauty, dominated by Mount Monadnock and Dublin Lake. Summer tourists started arriving in the 1840s; many members of New England’s literary, intellectual and artistic society came to Dublin. In the late 19th century, an outstanding art colony gathered around Abbott H. Thayer, George de Forest Brush, Joseph Lindon Smith and others