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Linda Hathaway knows Stow.
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The town clerk for 21 years lives on Pilot Grove Farm, a 1782 Stow farm that’s been in her family for nine generations.
“It’s very much a farm community,” Hathaway said. “There’s a lot of history. There’s historic homes. We have a lot of conservation land. The people are friendly.”
Hathaway’s farm, which sells pork, beef, and lamb, is currently closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic. Ahead, Hathaway offers tips for what to do and where to go in Stow.
Apples at Shelburne Farm in Stow. Kathy Sferra
Pick your own apples
Stow’s farms are brimming with visitors each fall, Hathaway said.
“Fall is the best time to visit Stow since all the apple orchards and farm stands are open,” Hathaway said. “There are many places to see the fall foliage along the rural roads of Stow.”
The town has four orchards: Carver Hill Orchard, Derby Ridge Farm, Honey Pot Hill Orchards, and Shelburne Farm. And they all offer a different vibe, Hathaway said.
Honey Pot Hill Orchards was recently named the best orchard in Massachusetts by Boston.com readers. The farm offers a petting zoo, maze, farm store with cider doughnuts, hard cider tasting tent, live music, hay rides, and, of course, plenty of apple trees for picking.
Visit the American Heritage Museum
Hathaway called the American Heritage Museum, a military history museum housed inside a 65,000 + square foot building on the grounds of the Collings Foundation, a hidden gem in the town.
“It has a large collection of World War II tanks,” Hathaway said. “They have antique planes, antique cars. There’s some really neat things there. They have different things going on on different weekends.”
The museum features “a staggering variety of rare relics” and more than 15 tanks and artifacts that are the only ones on …….