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Family Friendly /All Ages Late Fall Foliage Walk/Hike

  • 27 Nov 2010
  • 10:30 AM
  • Noanet Woods, Dover MA
RSVP to: Jackie,
Distance/Time to complete (est.): appr 3-5 miles; 2-4 hrs
Level of difficulty: easy/ moderate, some hills (elevation max 387 ft)
Requirements: layers, hiking boots, water, lunch/snack, rain gear; Rain cancels; No pets.
About Noanet Woods:
We will walk/hike along scenic Caryl trail including Noanet Peak (387 ft.) with a view of Boston's skyline above the forest canopy. The Reservation is named after a chief of the Natick Indians, who camped, fished, and hunted along Noanet Brook. During settlement, Noanet Woodlands was cleared for timber, firewood, and a few small homesteads. In the early nineteenth century, Samuel Fisher, Jr. used Noanet Brook to operate a sawmill, producing boards, planks, and joists for the construction of buildings in burgeoning Dedham. Fisher's business boomed throughout the 1820s and 1830s. Later, the Dover Union Iron Company built a large rolling and slitting mill that made barrel hoops, wheel rims, nail plates, and nail rods from forged iron. Today the mill's twenty-four-foot-high dam and twenty-foot-deep wheel pit are preserved, but visitors will have to imagine the
towering thirty-six-foot overshot wheel that powered the mill.

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