- Look for old cellar holes to open toward the south for
warmth and look for lilacs often planted at the doorways
as signals of old dwellings. Note that cellar holes may
be considerably smaller than the house that stood on them.
Cellars did not have ping-pong tables. Watch for root
cellars and old wells. Do not look at the top of a
hill but on the wind protected side of the hill for an
2. Native American Indian sites Proximity
to water, a hill for a lookout, and sandy or soft soil for digging
with blunt instruments are three criteria for the likelihood of
a NAI site.
3. Hops and Hophouses:
4. Taverns: See Historical Society for information
on this and summer people. e.g.
According to the HD National Register information: “Taverns were
located at what is now 20 Depot Rd.
19 Main Street
27 Main St. and the site of the present 22-24 Main St
There were taverns also outside of the Historic District especially
as Hollis was on the Boston Post Road.
5. Shops: Printing and Telephone,
053-006 , Hildreth Private Collection
and Places to Visit
7. Schools Hollis had one room grammar schools
until the Farley Building was constructed in 1902. Some
still exist and are used as homes. Some having had a variety
of uses are now only cellar holes. These are all documented
on the individual properties. Examples are:
036-032 , 053-006,
In the Scrapbook of Personages (People Section) a Bailey School
Reunion can be seen; the changes in the Farley Bldg. 1902 in architecture
can be seen in the Personal Collection Hildreth Section.
8. Depots Look for the link to Hollis Depot
map at the lower right of the Sites around Town map on Nashua
River where a map and old photograph and memories will be found.
For more on nearby depots go the Pepperell website listed under
links. Note that the roadbed for the Boston and Maine line
coming into the Hollis Depot has been made into a bike path and
will connect to downtown Boston. One can access it from
Groton Rd. just south of the Hollis line. Make a turn to
the west on Groton Rd. at a fork just south of the original site
of the Depot, which is now a propane company.
HD#74 and see hard copy at Town Hall on Patch’s Corner
11. Warehouses examples are on
12. Outhouses Very important, see Historical
Town Hall Government Meetings
15. Church Meeting House
16. Bridges A link to Runnells Bridge with
map and photos is at the lower right of the Sites Around Town
map, see also Federal Hill
and go to Pepperell Town site
17. Burial Grounds see places to visit
18. Waterways see map Nashua River Water
19. Hills Geology Drumlins, Eskers, Kettle
Holes see map
20. Soil Types see Woodmont and orchards
on map of Town also NRPC site Nashua Regional Planning Commission
21. Food - Animals and Fish see OHD and
Ag-Ed Days New Hampshire Farm Bureau
22. Walls -There is an art to constructing
a stone wall, which will last. See the library for books
on this. The first course of stones needs to be below ground
for stability and balance needs to be created between large and
small stones. Some walls are double with small stones as
fillers between the two walls. See the Heritage Commission’s
study of stone walls in Hollis. Note the regulations regarding
moving any stone or wall which is a lot line marker. People
take pride and pleasure in their walls; do not “borrow” stones,
which you may see along the road or on a walk.
23. Fences also have parameters to look well
with the building and to last. See the guide book put out
by the HDC.
24. Landscaping and Building Additions are
also discussed in the HDC Guidelines Booklet. An old garden can
be seen at Beaver Brook maintained by the Maple Hill Gardeners.
25. Roads and Trails See Trail Committee
and new book on Roads and their names and traditions by Becky
Crowther and Joan Tinklepaugh which may be added here in the future.