Margaret Carroll is a fixture in Millville, and renowned throughout the Blackstone River Valley for her grasp of historical detail, and passion to preserve the past for the future. At the recent ribbon cutting, officially (after a year!) opening up the Bikeway, Margaret, who attended the ceremony, noted that she walked the trail back when it was first being talked about, some thirty years ago. She had worked hard to help make the trail a reality. She said she wished she could travel on the trail again now that it is finished, but figured it would never happen. Continue reading
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As I prepared these local trails book, I took photos along the way, not all of which fit into the book. I’m sharing them here in hopes that people will get excited about these beautiful, local places and get out for hikes to see these places for themselves. Above is a view of the Charles River as it approaches North Maple Street in Bellingham, MA. Below is the Blackstone River as it flows through the Blackstone Gorge in Blackstone, MA.
Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and has completed two guides to Easy Walking trails in Massachusetts, “Easy Walks in Massachusetts 2nd edition,” and “More Easy Walks in Massachusetts.” A native Floridian, she came north for college and snow! New England Regional Chair for the Association of Personal Historians, she is a Certified Legacy Planner with LegacyStories.org, and is the producer of numerous veterans interviews for the Bellingham/Mendon Veteran’s History Project. http://www.marjorieturner.com
By Marjorie Turner Hollman (courtesy of Bellingham Bulletin)
The Upper Charles River bike path originates in downtown Milford. Close to three miles at present, the paved trail is part of a planned non-motorized system that will eventually stretch from Milford to Framingham. Construction on the section connecting the trail to the headwater of the Charles, Echo Lake, in Hopkinton, has been completed, with parking north of 495 on Rt. 85 just over the line in Hopkinton. Continue reading
By Marjorie Turner Hollman (Courtesy of Bellingham Bulletin)
The Southern New England Trunkline Trail (SNETT) has its beginnings in Franklin, MA, on Grove Street, and continues through Bellingham, Blackstone, Millville, and on into Douglas and beyond. A nearly 60-mile-long proposed trail system, it would also have connections to the presently 14-mile-long Blackstone Canal Bikeway heading south into Rhode Island from Woonsocket, with plans for connecting trails north to Worcester. Continue reading