Connecting Communities Along our Trails in Devens

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Registration is now open for the “Connecting Communities-Along Our Trails tour in Devens” on Saturday, July 26 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Montachusett Regional Trail Coalition & Freedom’s Way is hosting the event, which will focus on the beauty and history of Devens.

9:00 – 10:30 am: Tank Trail Walk

Friends of Oxbow NWR, Still River Road – Second parking lot after RR tracks, Still River, MA.  Walk the tank trail along the Nashua River.  Enjoy the habitats, sights and sounds as Rona Balco, President of

Friends of the Oxbow, reveals who built the turnpike and why, and where it went.  Discover the history of the Oxbow and the Nashua and Native American and early settler activities while enjoying the beautiful landscape.

10:00 – 11:00 am: Fort Devens Museum Reception

Fort Devens Museum, 94 Jackson Road, Suite 305, Devens, MA.  Visit the Museum and meet the people behind the Friends of the Oxbow; Freedoms Way Heritage Association, and the Fort Devens Museum.  Enjoy refreshments as you discover the unique stories and collections.

11:00 – noon: A Camp Devens Trolley Tour

Join this trip around old Fort Devens where remnants of past military use dot the landscape.  This hour long trolley tour will take visitors along a route that circles through the former Fort Devens base.  Learn about the history going back to 1917 when Camp Devens was built to train soldiers for overseas World War I; the peak of activity at Fort Devens during the 1940s; and the closure and re-use of the land and facilities. Some of the stops will include the Fort Devens Cemetery, Vicksburg Square, and Robbins Pond.

Space is limited.  Please register early.

To register for the trail walk or trolley ride, or to read more via: freedomsway.org

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