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Fells of Old

Water Rights and Waypoints

Water Rights and Waypoints
By Phaea Crede Say you find yourself one day soon on a pleasant stroll through the Middlesex Fells by the Spot Pond dam. Among the swaying trees and skittering chipmunks, you notice a dilapidated rock…
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Fells Fall Splendor

Fells Fall Splendor
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,…
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Frederick Law Olmsted and the Middlesex Fells Reservation

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."
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Wright’s Tower

Wright’s Tower
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.
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Two Visionaries

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.
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History of the Fells

History of the Fells
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.
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