Historic trolley tour makes connections around Devens
Lowell Sun Online, Posted: 07/28/2014 10:35:03 AM ED
By: M.E. Jones, Correspondent
DEVENS — Fine weather and healthy interest created good turnouts Saturday morning for a trio of events billed under the logo “Connecting Communities” and sponsored by Freedoms Way Heritage Area and the Montachusett Regional Trails Commission, in cooperation with the Fort Devens Museum and Friends of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge.
After an earlier trail walk through the Oxbow and a reception at the museum, Freedoms Way hosted a trolley tour titled “Historic Camp Devens” that led past sites linked to the original Camp Devens, established in 1917.
Narrated by Fort Devens Museum Executive Director Cara Fossey, other sites and buildings on the tour were from early Fort Devens days, including out buildings near Robbins Pond that dated to a WWII prisoner-of-war camp that housed 5,000 prisoners.