Hell Hollow

So I had been waiting for an entire year for Oct. 31st to roll around again. I spent last Halloween in Florida with my dad. You might be wondering what does Halloween have to do with touring New Hampshire. Well, there is a place in New Hampshire called Hell Hollow and it seemed to me that Halloween would be the perfect time to go there.

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Hell Hollow is located in Plainfield. So, yesterday my girlfriend, Martha (of Therapeutic Misadventures) and I headed out to find Hell Hollow. How hard could it be to find? It is on the map! I choose the find intersection feature of my GPS and put in Hell Hollow Road and Kenyon Road. According to the GPS it was going to take us and hour and a half to get there….hmmmm…seems like a long time to both of us. We decided that we knew better than the all knowing GPS….hahaha. That will teach us, it took us two hours instead. Martha had done some extensive internet research to try and find out more about Hell Hollow. How did it get its name? What the ‘hell’ is a hollow anyhow? She was unable to find anymore information about it than I had, basically just that it was a place on the map. I did find out that a hollow is “A valley like area between two mountains or hills, often with a corresponding stream of waterway running down. There may be pastures or long open spaces between hills” according to www.answers.yahoo.com OK so why Hell Hollow? We were hoping that when we got there we’d find some sort of plaque or sign giving us our much anticipated answers. Nope! Not even a street sign for Hell Hollow Road. Martha suspects that the sign was probably frequently stolen so the town gave up replacing it. So, while I’m not sure we ever really found Hell Hollow, despite being on Hell Hollow Road, we did find plenty of Halloween themed scenery to photograph on the way…

 

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I don't think we were in Kansas

I don’t think we were in Kansas

 

Nearly every house we drove by had at least one pumpkin person. Our favorite by far was…

I love the attention to detail, right down to the bandana

I love the attention to detail, right down to the bandana

 

Across the street, we found an officer reminding you that once the Jack-O-Lantern Garage fixed your car, you should still obey the speed limit…

 

Pretty cool radar gun

Pretty cool radar gun

 

I think the placement of the bucket is a little odd, don't you?

I think the placement of the bucket is a little odd, don’t you?

 

Martha and the fisherman, notice that it is looking at me

Martha and the fisherman, notice that it is looking at me

 

Or was he looking at Martha? I guess he really is just a two faced fisherman. Great job catching Nemo!

Or was he looking at Martha? I guess he really is just a two faced fisherman. Great job catching Nemo!

 

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Really....a gold toilet?

Really….a gold toilet?

 

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Perhaps taking a hike is the only way to actually find Hell Hollow!

Perhaps taking a hike is the only way to actually find Hell Hollow!

 

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Love this one too!

Love this one too!

 

I'm still laughing about this one. Love the expression on the deer head!

I’m still laughing about this one. Love the expression on the deer head!

 

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Here we had the entire pumpkin family, complete with pets

Here we had the entire pumpkin family, complete with pets

 

Dad, this one is for you!

Dad, this one is for you!

 

So, all in all, touring Hell Hollow was kind of a bust but getting there was a blast.

 

Happy Halloween!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11 Comments on “Hell Hollow”

  1. mariekeates October 31, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    I’ve had my own share of getting lost and sat nav mishaps so have every sympathy for you. Maybe Hell Hollow was just a Halloween trick 🙂

    • Touring NH November 1, 2013 at 10:47 am #

      Over the last year, I’ve learned that GPS, Google Maps and MapQuest often can be misleading. I don’t think they should include “Private Roads” and Class VI roads should be labeled as such. I’m sure that Hell Hollow is a real place, I can find it on a map and several references to it online. I just couldn’t find the actual place

  2. New Hampshire Garden Solutions October 31, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    According to Wikipedia Hell Hollow is part of Plainfield. I’ve never heard of it but I like their pumpkin people. I thought that last one looked a little like Cher.

    • Touring NH November 1, 2013 at 10:43 am #

      That’s about all we were able to find out about it as well. We even stopped and asked someone. They could tell us where the road was, but not why its name was Hell Hollow. I just got back from FL on Monday, so the last one cracked me up.

  3. Audrey G. Jacobi October 31, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

    How fun these scarecrows are. I’m so sick of the store bought ones on a stick.

    • Touring NH November 1, 2013 at 10:40 am #

      I agree. these took some great imagination and not one oversized inflatable pumpkin was found!

  4. jsa603 November 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    The Hell part came about because the chair factory or home business always hired the rowdiest people who raised a lot of hell. A present day Hell Hollow resident.

    • Touring NH November 9, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

      Thank you!! I couldn’t find anything about the name. Does that mean there are a lot of rowdy people in Hell Hollow? 🙂

      • jsa603 November 10, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

        Hm I’ll have to go see. But if you drove up the road you can see all the houses on it. So my guess is no

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