May is Preservation Month, and this year the theme is “War and Peace”. Friends of Upton State Forest will join with the Department of Conservation and Recreation for a program highlighting how the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp and families connected to Upton State Forest have played a role in both.
On Saturday, May 23 they will repeat last year’s popular Discover Hidden History Hike to the Bradish Cemetery and Leclaire Square. Bill Taylor will share new stories of early Upton settlers who built homes and lives during times of peace, and answered the call to serve during the War of the Revolution. The forest is dotted with cellar holes and other remnants of farms, barns and mills, and many of the people who lived in them are buried here.
They will also visit nearby Leclaire Square and learn about its connection to the horrific WWII Battle of Leyte Gulf. The sailor memorialized here lived on Westborough Road near the camp and would have been a youth, during the time CCC enrollees were building the park.
Prior to the hike, there will be an open house in the Civilian Conservation Corps Headquarters building from noon to 1:00 PM. There will be a display and a chance to see the recent preservation work done in 2014.
For the hike, meet at the Headquarters Building by 12:45 for registration. Anyone going on the hike must sign a liability waiver, with a parent signing for and accompanying anyone under 18. Some people are fearful of dogs, so please leave pets at home.
Please remember water, sunscreen, and insect repellant. Dress for the weather and the trail. We suggest light colored clothing so you can see ticks. This is a moderate three-hour hike with uneven footing and steep areas. It is single file in some places.
The CCC Camp is located at the intersection of Southborough and Westborough Roads in Upton. (GPS address is 205 Westboro Rd).
Questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-529-6369.
Here is a link for more information about other Preservation Month events at DCR parks. http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/events/presmonth2015.pdf