To the Editor:

The Nettleton Hollow Association, now in its 40th year, just held its annual family picnic and meeting at the Pearsall house, overlooking scenic and historic Nettleton Hollow, the earliest settled colonial area in Washington.

Each year, the NHA picnic is held at a different home.

The NHA not only encompasses Nettleton Hollow Road, which starts at Route 47 in Woodbury and runs north to Route 109 in Washington, but all the roads that run into the hollow from ridge line to ridge line.

And Nettleton Hollow was part of an early stage coach route, complete with an inn at the corner of Nettleton Hollow and Romford roads. And before that, Nettleton Hollow was a foot path for Native Americans.

Nettleton Hollow, which was once known as Pig Hollow, has some of the earliest colonial homes in Washington, including the ones in the historic district of Sunny Ridge.

There's Hollister House Garden, now owned by the Garden Conservatory; and such legendary private gardens as Red Mill Farm, with its reconstructed 18th century saw mill; Sprain Brook Farm; and Brush Hill Gardens, also a 19th-century octagonal house; Waldingfield Farm; the John Dorr Nature Center of New York's Horace Mann School; Steep Rock's West Mountain Preserve; the Kunhardt Trust property; Hillside Farm, the Sprain Brook in the northern reaches of the Pomperaug watershed; Davidson Hill, at 830 feet, and even Washington's waste and recycling center.

But most of all Nettleton Hollow, since the time of the Native Americans, is a diverse association of individuals and many multigenerational families who love and respect Nettleton Hollow, and each other as well.

Joseph A. Mustich

Washington