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Peterborough

New antique store named after historic Dodge Farm

Owner’s roots in town run deep; first $500 to go to Crotched Mountain Rehab

  • Hillary Holian, Dodge Farm Antiques<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • Hillary Holian, Dodge Farm Antiques<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • Hillary Holian, Dodge Farm Antiques<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • Hillary Holian, Dodge Farm Antiques<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • Dodge Farm Antiques merchandise<br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • Dodge Farm Antiques merchandise<br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • Dodge Farm Antiques merchandise<br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • Dodge Farm Antiques merchandise<br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

PETERBOROUGH — Hillary Holian moved to Peterborough in 2007, but as she puts it, “I’ve been walking around Peterborough since I was a child.”

Holian’s grandmother was a teacher in town and her grandfather had grown up on Dodge Farm in the 1920s and ’30s. The farm, which the Dodge family started in 1783, had been a popular lodge for city dwellers seeking an escape from the heat, crowds and fast pace of Boston during the 1800s.

Holian, a member of the eighth generation of Dodges, spent summers and holidays with her grandparents as a child, and she says she has always dreamed of working in downtown Peterborough.

Now she’ll be doing that, as proprietor of a new retail store, Dodge Farm Antiques, which will open its door at 7 School St. on April 15. The space, most recently the home of Menagerie Boutique, has been expanded and renovated to make room for a diverse collection of rustic Americana furniture and accessories, stained glass, architectural items, and fine china and unusual items that Holian has collected.

“This is just the right space at the right time,” Holian said last week, as she surveyed the back of the store, where a dividing wall had been knocked down and new lighting installed. “This has really been a fun project.”

Holian said she has been surrounded by antiques all her life. She worked in the industry in Texas, Louisiana, California and New York City, before she and her husband Matthew moved to Peterborough permanently from New York City in order to be closer to family.

Holian loves the excitement of collecting.

“People ask me where I get my items and the answer in simple: Here, there and everywhere,” she said. “You just have to have an open eye and be ready to travel for unique pieces.”

Holian says her motto is “Go green — buy antiques.”

Many older items are actually better choices than modern alternatives, in her opinion.

“They will likely last longer and you will help the environment by not creating unnecessary waste,” she said. “Some items may have been meant for one purpose when made, but they can serve an alternative purpose today.”

The first $500 in sales at the store will be donated to the Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center, in memory of Holian’s grandparents, Ken and Esther Warren.

Holian said she has quite an inventory of antiques of all types being stored off-site, so she’ll be able to change the merchandise on display in the store on a regular basis.

“There will be a constant flow of new, but old, items coming in,” she said.

She also has a website, DodgeFarmAntiques.com, and pages on both Facebook page and Twitter.

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or danderson@ledgertranscript.com. He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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