100th birthday celebration planned for Wheeler House in Hollis
Friday, May 30, 2014
HOLLIS – To commemorate the 100th birthday of the Wheeler House on Main Street, the Hollis Historical Society will host a series of monthly displays and events from 1-4 p.m. on the first and third Sundays from June through October.
Beginning June 1, the society will exhibit a scrimshaw powder horn made in 1754 by William Blodgett, of Dunstable, at the Fort at No. 4 in Charlestown while serving in the French and Indian War. Capt. William Read, of Hollis, also used the powder horn while serving in the Revolutionary War. The Society also has a photo of another Blodgett powder horn made in 1760.
Items will be added to the exhibit each month.
Also beginning June 1, the Always Ready Engine House on Main Street will feature “Barns And Farms Of Hollis.” The Hollis Veterans Wall, the mid-19th-century horse-drawn hearse, and the antique Always Ready Fire Engine and equipment will be on display June through October.
On June 1, there will be refreshments and hands-on experiences for children. The garden behind the Wheeler House that was restored in 1993 will be open.
The Ice House by the garden also will be open for viewing. It’s historically significant, but in much need of repair to stabilize it and is now a main fundraising concern.