Take a fall road trip to Hollis
Which farm stands and attractions to visit this autumn
Photo by Cara Parker
Rippling fields of corn. A quaint village dotted with centuries-old buildings. Orchards filled with apple-laden trees. Located only minutes from bustling Nashua, Hollis is the picture perfect example of small town New England living. As summer wanes and autumn begins, visit Hollis to enjoy the first fruits of the fall harvest season.
Once part of West Dunstable, Massachusetts, Hollis’ official birthday is 1746, the year New Hampshire’s Royal Governor granted the town its official charter. At the time only a few scattered farms, the region’s fertile land helped the area grow quickly into a thriving rural community.
Driving west from Nashua along Route 130/Broad Street, traces of the town’s rich agricultural heritage are everywhere. Not far after entering Hollis is Lull Farm, voted last year’s “Best Farmstand” by New Hampshire Magazine. A perfect destination for fall fun, Lull Farm offers pick-your-own apples and pumpkins and is famous for its corn maze. Inside the farmstand, a cornucopia of fruits, vegetables, and delectable homemade goodies awaits. Kids will love the jars of old-fashioned penny candy!
Brookdale Farm, another can’t miss, pick-you-own farmstand, is just down the road. Both places make an excellent backdrop for unforgettable fall photos, so be sure to bring along your camera.
Continuing on Broad Street, you soon reach Monument Square. Soak up the sleepy, antique atmosphere of Hollis’ original town center, then visit the Always Ready Engine House Museum on Route 122/Main Street. Among its treasures, the 1859 structure houses a display of 19th century fire fighting equipment.
For outdoor recreation, head south on Route 122 to Beaver Brook Association (at Ridge Road). There, hike the extensive trail system or take part in one of Beaver Brook’s family-friendly nature programs. Drive north on Route 122 to reach always popular Silver Lake State Park. Swimming season is over, but families can still hike or picnic.
With so much to see and do, any golden September day is just right for a visit to Hollis. In search of special events? Beaver Brook’s annual Fall Festival is on Saturday, September 26, 2015.
And if you're really looking to pack in some fun, make a stop at the Nashua National Fish Hatchery located off of exit 6 of the F.E. Everett Turnpike. Free, guided tours are available and daily visiting hours are from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Did you know?
New Hampshire is home to more than 3,000 farms. Most produce milk or apples.