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Explore Historic Monson Village

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:
http://www.forestsociety.org/ourproperties/guide/?block=108

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.

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  • Evelyn

    Great Meetup event, had a lot of fun and enjoyed meeting everyone.

    November 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed the walk so much that I plan to return.

    November 25, 2012

  • Carol S

    We had a perfect day to explore this special place. Thanks for joining me!

    November 24, 2012

  • Andrea

    Carol gave a great tour. The weather was perfect. It was nice to meet some new folks and meet up with some familiar ones!

    November 24, 2012

  • Mary L.

    Carol, you picked the best weather day yet! A wonderful get together with old and new friends.

    November 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun and informative. Carol os a great organzer and knows a lot about this village.

    November 23, 2012

  • Anne

    Awesome...great find Carol!

    November 23, 2012

  • Carol S

    Hi Jane and Tia,  This  is a great place! I'd be happy to schedule a second visit.  Let me know what weekend dates work for you and I'll try to schedule it.

    November 11, 2012

  • Jane B

    Sounds great but will be away.

    November 9, 2012

  • Tia

    This sounds awesome.. Wish I could go. Work retail and that's black Friday :(

    November 9, 2012

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