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Hassanamesit Woods, Grafton

#60 of 60 in Trails in Massachusetts
Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Hassanamesit Woods is a time capsule permeated with evidence of the past. Property boundaries of 18th and 19th-century owners—Indians and Anglo settlers—remain. Stone walls outline former fields and pastures. Grafton’s industrial growth left its mark with railroad cuts and abandoned roads. Traces of peach and apple orchards from the early 20th century are still visible. The power line corridor, once a raw scar but now a valuable shrubland habitat for birds, reveals the energy needs of late 20th-century suburban growth.

Hassanamesit had a long ownership by Hassanamisco Indians of the Nipmuc Nation and became a "Praying Indian Town" as designated by the colonial government in 1654. The land had a vital role in the agrarian history of Grafton.

On July 21, 2004 the town of Grafton assumed full ownership and in 2006 Grafton received the state’s highest preservation award for the Hassanamesit Woods project. The award citation commended Grafton for its outstanding work in the areas of archeology, education and outreach, and landscape preservation. (Text adapted from the website)
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  • My son is seven and this is the perfect place to go for a hike and also just a short drive from where we live so it gives us the opportunity to walk in the woods more often than we would be able to...  more »
  • Visited recently when there was enough snow on the ground to go for a good snowshoe hike. Excellent terrain that allows you to get a good cardio workout. Add in the interesting Native American...  more »
  • This is referring to the trail and not the committee, this place is very cool. Took a hike on a unusually mild December morning. Some good woodland atmosphere, along with quite a few signs of wildlife. I would definitely recommend it. This area also has some very fascinating history, I encourage folks to look into it
  • A little buggy but with 40% humidity and 75 degrees F it is almost perfect.
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