May is National Preservation Month, and DCR’s parks are a great place to see preservation in action. DCR’s mission is firmly rooted in the legacy of Charles Eliot and Frederick Law Olmsted, who dedicated their lives to preserving special places for public enjoyment.
Begin your preservation journey at Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, where the restored 1921 portico is sharing the spotlight with the legendary boulder. Climb the steps across the street to Cole’s Hill, a National Historic Landmark filled with commemorative sculpture and spectacular harbor views. North of Boston, learn more about America’s first public beach though the weekly walk at Revere Beach (a National Historic Landmark) every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Round out your history tour with visits to Walden Pond in Concord, the Dorothy Quincy Homestead in Quincy, and Fort Warren in the Boston Harbor Islands.
This Saturday, May 15, there two history-related events:
In the central part of the state, Upton State Forest celebrates Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Day and the legacy of that New Deal-era work program. Upton State Forest has one of the only surviving CCC camps.
In the Berkshires, Bascom Lodge, operating at the summit of Mount Greylock under a lease through DCR’s Historic Curatorship Program, will celebrate its grand opening. Stop in for a bite to eat or an overnight stay. Leading to the summit, the historic parkways have been carefully rehabilitated to retain the rustic materials and craftsmanship of the CCC. The views will take your breath away.
Massachusetts state parks have a lot to offer this month. Get out there and see history!
2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: March posted on Apr 23
Girard’s Sugarhouse in Simsbury, CT. The sugarhouse was built in 1887 and produces around 250-300 gallons of syrup annually. Photo by Michael Girard March’s contest winner was Michael Girard who photographed his family’s sugarhouse in Health. Michael Girard has been a sugarmaker since 1961 when he …Continue Reading 2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: March
2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: February posted on Feb 25
February’s contest winner was Amanda Bettle, who photographed sheep at The Natural Resources Trust of Easton. This photo features Dog, a former 4-H show animal and sole male sheep among the nine ewes in the Natural Resources Trust of Easton (NRT) flock. It is the mission …Continue Reading 2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: February
2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: January posted on Jan 26
January’s contest winner was Renee Finnegan, who photographed a pensive Highland cow at Oak Meadows Farm & Garden in Rutland. Glenn and Mary Kauppila have been farming 100 acres of land in Rutland for approximately 15 years. With the help of their three adult children, they …Continue Reading 2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: January