Dedham Town Forest Part 3

WARNING! If you go into the Town Forest, do a very thorough TICK CHECK when you come out. I found one of the little buggers clinging to my stomach the day after my adventure. I went to the doctor and I’m taking all the precautions one should to prevent Lyme disease, but what an annoying ending to an otherwise enjoyable day.
So here are some of the interesting features of the Town Forest:

Stone Walls
Plenty of meandering stone walls, indicating that this land was once farmed, perhaps as far back as the 1700’s. More research into who once owned the land to come.

An Access Road

This gravel access road runs from the northbound lanes of 128 to the southbound lanes. It is gated, but the gates were open, so I suppose some foolhardy motorist could actually pull in here from the fast lane of 128.

Large Rock formations

These rock formations explain why the area is referred to on old maps as “Ye Rockes.” It also explains why 128 had to be routed around the area, creating this large forested island in the middle of the highway.

A weird stage/altar/picnic table/foundation thing

Your guess is as good as mine. Any theories?

The remains of an exercise trail
In 1977, fellow DHS senior John MacDonald set up an exercise course in the forest for his Eagle Scout project. Several of the signs can still be found nailed to trees; a little rusty, some with bullet holes, others bent to interesting angles.

Despite its unusual location, I think the Dedham Town Forest is a great place for people to hike and explore. Perhaps another prospective Eagle Scout could take it on as a project- establishing trails, promoting its existence, and, if possible, wiping out the tick population!

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4 Comments on “Dedham Town Forest Part 3”

  1. Dave (in MA) Says:

    I wonder if the “weird stage/altar/picnic table/foundation thing” could be an old well head?

  2. Jim Maher Says:

    I guess the Danger-Mine Field sign is gone.

  3. Thomas Patrick Riley,Jr. Says:

    My guess…..is that the rectangle-stucture marks some sort of burial site;most likely a beloved pet(horse?) or a golfer from Dedham Country and Polo Club across the way who didn’t pay his Green’s Fees or Polo Fees before playing golf or practicing polo on his horse.


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