Join us as we explore Old Monson Village, an early colonial settlement that existed from[masked] and covered over 17,000 acres. The center of town, main roads, and several foundation holes remain on this 269-acre Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests property. Monson was the first European inland settlement in New Hampshire and is considered one of the most archaelogicaly significant sites in New England. Its ruins have remained for the most part undisturbed for over 200 years.
Recently, the land was protected from development largely through the efforts of Russ and Geri Dickerman who purchased the Hollis parcel and began the process of restoring it. They worked with other locals and the SPNHF to purchase adjacent property and preserve and maintain the remote nature of this historic site.
In addition to being a historic gem this property is also wonderful for wildlife. On a recent visit I saw many birds including several Blue Birds and a Hermit Thrush. Plus, I've read that Monson is also popular with ghost hunters!
The entrance is on Adams Road in Milford which is off of Federal Hill Road. It is right on the Hollis/Milford line and there in no sign. There is limited parking available along Federal Hill Road and at the Adams Road entrance. Use of 483 Federal Hill Road on the GPS will get you close. Please car pool if possible.
To learn more about this property, get directions, or print out a trail map visit:
We'll walk between 2 and 3 miles on easy trails and plan to spend a couple of hours exploring.
Please remember that it is hunting season so it's good practice to wear a bit of orange when you are out in the woods.