Events & Reunions

Tufts Environmental Alumni: Fall Hike

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Tufts Environmental Alumni

When: Sunday, October 01, 2017, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (iCal)


Did you ever wonder what came before the big brick mill towns of Waltham, Lawrence, and Lowell? Join the Tufts Environmental Alumni on a hike in the Virginia Wood section of Middlesex Fells to learn about one of the earliest mill communities in the U.S. We will walk along Spot Pond Brook, a tributary of Spot Pond, and see remnants—foundations, millruns, ponds, and waterfalls—of the lost village of Haywardville dating back to 1707.

The hike will be led by Douglas Heath and Alison Simcox, EG98, who recently co-authored a book The Lost Mill Village of Middesex Fells. Their new book will be available for sale after the hike. Doug and Alison are also the authors of three other books on local history: Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart Reservation, and Middlesex Fells.

Lunch will follow the hike. Hope to see you there!


Meeting location: Pond Street and Woodland Road intersection in Stoneham, MA

Please note: The parking lot is about 200 feet south of the intersection of Pond Street and Woodland Road in Stoneham, MA. It is only accessible by driving northbound on Woodland Road. It is next to a white wood-framed house on the right as you drive north on Woodland Road just before reaching the Pond Street/Woodland Road intersection. Park near the information kiosk in the back of the parking lot. Directions from Rt. 28 (Main Street) in Stoneham. Drive east on South Street which merges into Pond Street. Go past the Stone Zoo. Bear right at the intersection of Pond Street and Woodland Road. Continue along Woodland Road about 1,000 feet until you reach the large pumping station on the right. Make a left U-turn onto the northbound lane of Woodland Road. Turn right into the parking lot just before the white house on the right. If you've reached the Pond Street/Woodland Road intersection, you've gone too far.


Please register online by Wednesday, September 27.


This is a free event, but please remember to RSVP so we know how much food to get.


Questions? Please contact Amanda Tramont in the Office of Alumni Relations at