Friends of the Farlow
Activities & Events

Spring 2014

2014 Clara Cummings Walk on Sunday, May 18th

The Ward Reservation, a Trustees of Reservation property, comprises 700 acres of white pine stands, oak hickory forest, wetlands and hay fields on and around three hills, Shrub, Boston and Holt. Holt Hill, a drumlin, is the highest hill point in Essex County at 420 ft. and offers panoramic views of the Boston skyline and the Merrimack Valley. On June 17, 1775, the townspeople were able to see the burning of Charlestown from the top of Holt Hill.

There are 10 miles of trails on the Ward Reservation, including a section of the Bay Circuit Trail, a 200-mile trail that connects the North Shore to the South Shore around Boston. We will be accompanied on the walk by Property Manager Adam Rollfs and John Kimball, 3rd generation member of the family who donated the land to the Trustees or Reservations, will give us an introduction to the site as we start out. Then a walk across a 700 ft. boardwalk will lead us to Pine Hole Pond, surrounded by a rare quaking bog with orchids and insect-eating pitcher plants. Copies of the interpretive guide to the geology and plants in this rare habitat will be provided. A photographic guide to 10 common lichen species and a trail map will also be distributed. From Pine Hole Pond the walk will continue on trails that lead to the "Solstice Stones" on Holt Hill.

Please bring a hand lens and your picnic lunch. If you use a walking stick, please bring one. Note: the trails can be wet in spots and it is tick season.

Photo © Archives of the Farlow Library of Cryptogamic Botany.

  • Meeting Time: 9:30 a.m.
  • Meeting Place: The Parking Lot on Prospect Rd.
Directions to the Parking Lot:
From I-93 Exit 41, take Rt. 125 North 5 mi. Turn right onto Prospect Rd. and follow for 0.3 mi. to entrance and parking (15 cars) on right.

From Rt. I-495 Exit 42, take Rt. 114 East 1.7 mi. Turn right onto Rt. 125 South and follow for 1.6 mi. Turn left onto Prospect Rd. and follow for 0.3 mi. to entrance and parking (15 cars) on right.



G. E. Tocci 17 April 2014