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10-28-20 Site Walk - Outcropping

Hurlbut Woods Trail Opening

Lower County Road between 317 and the Roxbury Transfer Station.

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The Roxbury Land Trust (RLT) is opening a new trail and parking lot for the Hurlbut Woods Preserve on Sunday, April 28th at 1:00 pm.  A moderate 1-mile hike is planned with seasonal views of Roxbury and a nearby vernal pool.

Howard and Cathleen Bronson of Maple Bank Farm gifted the 14 acres in December of 2020 in honor of Cathleen Bronson’s family. The Hurlbut family has farmed and stewarded the land continuously in Roxbury since 1730. Cathleen Bronson’s parents, Lewis and Ethel Hurlbut, and her aunt and uncle, Elinor and Alden Hurlbut, started a roadside stand in 1963 to sell poultry and fruit from the farm. The stand, which became known as Maple Bank Farm, was enlarged through the years by the Bronsons as it became a Roxbury landmark and destination offering fruit, vegetables, and plants, with sheep and cattle grazing nearby. The farm stand is now being managed by Kirby Peters.

According to Cathleen Bronson, in the past, trees from this woodlot were made into lumber to build farm buildings; split into rails for fencing; and used to heat homes. The Hurlbut children enjoyed watching the wildlife and exploring the forested trails.

“It is with great joy that the Hurlbuts: Lewis, Ethel, Gaylord, Garry, Henry, David, Linda, Carolyn, and Tom as well as Howard and I, donate this land to the Roxbury Land Trust for all to enjoy,” said Cathleen Bronson.

Attendees should meet at the parking lot located off Lower County Road between Route 317 and the Roxbury Transfer Station and are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Binoculars, insect repellent, and cameras are encouraged for a more immersive experience.