BCT’s first Nature Trail and Trail Guide dedicated, July 12, 2012

Click here to print out the short version of the interpretative trail guide; this one is best for taking out on the trail (some printed copies may be available at the trailhead kiosk.)

This expanded version of the trail guide is better for viewing on-line and has more photographs.

Finally, here’s a full history of the neighborhood, including its patron sea captain Solomon Freeman and the Thorndikes’ Pinecroft farm.

Just in time for the first Brewster Conservation Day on July 14, 2012, the Brewster Conservation Trust, led by President Peter Johnson, dedicated the new trail, BCT’s first nature trail/walking loop on BCT property.  With the help of about 30 invited guests, including town officials and members of the Nickerson/Eddy/Jones  family, the ribbon was cut and the trail was tromped.  The trail starts at the Community Gardens on Lower Road and winds for more than a quarter-mile through the meadow and into the woods and back, crisscrossing dikes over the old Thorndike Bog, now grown into a beautiful maple/tupelo swamp.

The trail is dedicated the Ruth N. and Mary-Louise Eddy, the Eddy Sisters, who donated most of the land over which the trail winds, and who loved across the street on Lower Road for much of their lives.  For a newspaper account of the dedication click here.

We thank the volunteer “hot shots” George Thurber, Hal Minis, Jack Nixon, Bob Lindgren, George Platt and Brent Bowers for their time and effort, cutting the trail and installing the new footbridge over the ditch.  And to BCT volunteers Don Arthur, Steve Petruska, Pat Bertschy, Beth Finch, and Peter Herrmann for making and installing the trail posts. 

Watch a short video of the bridge installation, trail-cutting, and happy community gardeners…

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