TILLOTSON CENTER Community Heritage, Visual & Performing Arts
The building was acquired by the CDDA in 2006 with the intention of restoring the building into a useful asset for the area. Once work got under way, it was discovered that the fabric of the building would need considerable replacement and reconstruction to allow it to satisfy the stringent safety requirements of a building that would be open to the public. Undaunted, the CDDA formed the Tillotson Center committee under the chairmanship of Rick Tillotson to take on this mammoth task and in 2011, because of the scope of the project, the committee formed it's own 501(c)(3) non-profit charity. The CDDA then transferred ownership of the building to them so that work could continue.
Now a vibrant arts and cultural center, more than a century ago the Tillotson Center was known as “the Balsams Barn.” The original building housed the horses and carriages that carried guests from the Colebrook train station to Dixville Notch and what is now The Balsams resort. During the 1920s it served as a meeting hall and community center for the Colebrook Grange, and by the mid-‘60s it became the repository of historical artifacts collected by a local family.
Today, the Tillotson Center, designed by distinguished architect John Kaufmann, presents a full roster of activities, year-round, with concerts and other performances staged in its 171-seat theater, rotating shows by local and regional artists in the art gallery, and a Historical Society annex with displays that gives visitors a glimpse into the past.