Hollis is a small New England town located in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, directly west of Nashua and on the border of New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The town contains 31.8 square miles of land and 0.6 square miles of water and lies entirely with the Merrimack River watershed.
Flowing through the southeast corner of Hollis is the Nashua River. The river flows out of Pepperell, Massachusetts and into Nashua, New Hampshire.
Chartered in 1746, the town was originally named "Holles" after the Duke of Newcastle, Thomas Pelham Holles. Hollis houses several strawberry farms, apple orchards, corn, dairy and poultry farms. Due to its location, Hollis has been quickly transitioning from mixed-use farmland to a home for commuters who live in New Hampshire but work in Massachusetts.
A number of New England town traditions and celebrations take place in Hollis. One is the annual Strawberry Festival, celebrating the town’s successful strawberry harvest. The festival draws hundreds of tourists who enjoy numerous strawberry desserts. The town also holds an annual Apple Festival in the fall, where many apple desserts are enjoyed. Of the most popular traditions is Old Home Day, a traditional New England fair which is held in September.
The Hollis Historic district is evidence of the town’s commitment to historic preservation. Over 100 buildings are identified as historically significant. These include the "Always Ready Engine House" and many Georgian and Federal style homes.
The First Settlers;
Captain Peter Powers (1707–1757), his wife Anna Keyes (1708–1798), and their two children Peter (1729–1800) and Stephen (b. 1729) were the first settlers of Hollis in 1731. In 1732, the Powers birthed the first child in Hollis, a daughter, also named Anna. According to Spaulding's history, Powers "became a noted backwoodsman and colonial land surveyor," and eventually accrued approximately 1,500 acres (610 ha) in the north part of Hollis. Powers was also a militia officer in the French and Indian Wars and was commissioned captain by Governor Wentworth.
The younger Peter was the first college graduate from Hollis, matriculating from Harvard in 1754. He served as pastor of churches throughout New England and died at the age of 71 in Deer Island, Maine.[7
Hollis Homes and Real estate: According to the 2000 U.S. Census Bureau, Hollis was home to 7,015 people. The town included 2,440 households, and 2,025 families. In 2007, it was estimated that the population in Hollis was 7,738. Hollis real estate was comprised of 2,842 total homes. This included 2,506 single family houses and 251 multi-family homes.
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