Tour of the Gould-Emerson-Worcester House in Hollis set for Sept. 12

The Gould- Emerson-Worcester House at 28 Main St. in Hollis will hold a tour from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, in an event sponsored by the Hol­lis Historical Society.

This historic home is a "Lived in Museum." The brick-end Federal peri­od dwelling was built from 1806-08 by Ambrose Gould, with a framework construct­ed of massive hand-hewn rafters and fastened together with wooden pegs.

The house was originally the home of the first Hol­lis post office, plus a store, as well as living quarters. A license for keeping a tavern was issued to Gould in 1806. He was the postmaster from 1818-30.

The post office was on the north end of the first floor, with tri-weekly mail delivered by stagecoach that ran between Groton, Mass., and Amherst. Goods for the store/tavern were brought from Boston by an ox team.

Edward Emerson kept the store from the 1830s un­til 1860, and was postmaster from 1845-54. In 1875, the house was purchased by the Worcester brothers, of Hol­lis, and today is owned by a sixth-generation descendant.

The Gould-Emerson House is steeped in histo­ry and filled with histori­cal artifacts pertaining to Hollis. Listen to beauti­ful flute duets as you tour the more than 10 rooms filled with antiques, Revolu­tionary War items, equestri­an antiques and collectibles.

After the tour, wander into the backyard, check out the fairy gardens and then enjoy wine, cider and hors d’oeurves served under a tent.

Tickets are $20 in ad­vance or $25 at the door. Tickets are tax-deductible because they ben­efit the Hollis Historical So­ciety.

Tickets are available at the Wheeler House on Main Street, which is open from 1-4 p.m. Mon­days and Wednesdays, and at the Always Ready Engine House and Wheeler House Museum, which are open from 1-4 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of the month.

Tickets also are available by calling 465-2884 or 882- 4087.