By Rebecca Redelmeier If an old geodetic observatory exists in the forest, but no one is able to find it, does it even exist at all? This is the question that two Boston-area hikers, Brian…
October has been particularly beautiful this year in the Fells! We hope you have been able to take it in. The naturalist Wilson Flagg, one of the co-founders in 1880 of the Middlesex Fells Association,…
Referring to the topography of the Middlesex Fells, Olmsted wrote it was advisable to "take it as it stands, develop to the utmost its natural characteristics, and make a true retreat not only from town but from suburban conditions" and that "every inducement should be offered visitors to ramble and wander about." continue reading
Wright's Tower was constructed in 1937 under the direction of the Works Progress Administration. In 2008, following restoration of the tower by DCR, a plaque commemorating the visionary who was responsible for the creation of the Fells was attached to the tower.
The first important publication in regard to the conversion of the Five Mile Wood into a public domain was an article of nine pages, written by Mr. Wilson Flagg and published January, 1856. continue reading
Generations of visitors have enjoyed experiencing the nature of the Fells since its creation in 1894, but the history of how such a diverse natural oasis was preserved is little known.