Hartland has two distinct influences, one rural and the other service oriented. A mixture of fulltime and seasonal citizens populate it. The part of town closest to Woodstock has very low population density and is a blend of old pastures and maintained woodlands that are typical of long held private land in New England. Near the Connecticut River and closer to the commerce centers of the Upper Valley, there are clusters of small businesses, motels, gas stations and other activities that serve the larger regional needs.
The town’s business is conducted in Hartland 3 Corners, as opposed to Hartland 4 Corners, where the Unitarian Church and the Skunk Hollow Tavern are located. The distinguished buildings found in both ‘Corners’ are monuments of the first school of architecture in the United States, which was established by Asher Benjamin.