October 18th, 2015
|Goldsmith Woodlands ||History Hike!|
This hike, which is free and open to the public, is on Sunday, October 18th at 1pm at the Goldsmith Woodlands on Route 28 in Andover. Jane Cairns from the Andover Historical Society will discuss both the natural beauty and unique geology of this property and will share colorful stories tied to the reservation.
This hike consists of relatively level walking and will take about 2 hours. Parking for several cars is available in the reservation parking lot, with additional on-street parking available across Route 28 on Gould Road.
Here's a sneak preview of what you'll see and hear about on the October 18th Goldsmith Woodlands hike:
The woods above Foster's Pond have a long history, starting with the Native Americans who first fished these waters and trapped birds and beavers. The pond was probably named for Andrew Foster, one of Andover's early English settlers, whose wife Ann was one of the 41 town residents accused of witchcraft during the hysteria of 1692.
The area became a fashionable summer resort area in the late 19th century, where families build cottages to enjoy fresh country air and water sports. Bessie Goldsmith, the dedicated conservationist who donated this property, is an "Andover Story" in her own right. Accounts of her eccentric behavior in the early part of the 20th century, mostly in defense of the woodlands and its blueberry crop, are legendary in town, but she was as comfortable at her typewriter or presiding over a tea table as she was striding through town wearing a police badge and trousers. Besides her environmental legacy, she was one of the town's most important chroniclers and local historians.
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