In the 1800s New Englanders traveling from Boston to New Hampshire and points north would find themselves on a beautiful journey through the quaint rolling hills of Atkinson, New Hampshire. Even then, leaving the hustle and bustle of the big city was a welcomed treat.
In Atkinson, many a traveler by stagecoach stopped and stayed at John Merrill's Inn and Tavern. Merrill's Tavern was named after the original Merrill home on Prospect Circle in Atkinson, New Hampshire. James Merrill was the first resident of Atkinson to be granted a permit to operate as a Taverner. The Merrill home was situated on the old road to Londonderry, and was a convenient resting place for weary travelers typically passing by on a Stagecoach (and hence the name Stagecoach Grille). The spirit of hospitality continues on the property today as The Atkinson Resort & Country Club.
The Lewis Group of Companies is derived from a family business started in 1958, by Ralph & Lillian Lewis, along with their son Peter Lewis. Since that time, the Lewis family has been literally "Building Neighborhoods since 1958." Lewis Builders, Inc. has diversified over the years with affiliated companies being launched as the needs of the parent company grew. From Lewis Builders, Inc., companies such as East Coast Lumber & Building Supply Company, Inc., ECL Rentals, Inc., Lewis Builders Development, Inc., Lewis Equipment Company, Inc. and the Hampstead Area Water Company, Inc. were created.
In the 1990's, one of the most ambitious undertakings in land development originated with the construction of the Atkinson Resort & Country Club. Currently, the land surrounding the golf course is being designed for a residential and commercial planned unit development that will be in keeping with the Lewis standard of excellence.