Autumn in the North Cemetery.

Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?

These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.

Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...

...seems to be working so far

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Army Corps Of Engineers Improve An Already Wonderful View

The Westville Recreation Area that straddles the Quinebaug River from Sturbridge to Southbridge is a local treasure.  The river, and the trails alongside, and around the river, offer  wonderful excuses to wander, and enjoy.  There is a large open grassy area beside the water that is perfect for pick up games of touch football, softball, dog walking, and kite flying. Until recently, that grassy area had stopped far from the rivers bank, and the view of the river was blocked by large, overgrown brush.  Now, that has all changed.  The brush has been totally, and completely removed, and the rivers edge has returned to much how it was 100 years ago; it's beautiful.

This is one of our favorite walking places that we try to hike a couple of times each month, but the past six months, or so, we have been a bit busy, and had not seen the current  changes along the river.

A view of Shuttleville from around 1900 to 1910.

The view of the Quinebaug River today.  The area in the center of the
of the photo to the green grass was once tall brush blocking the
view of the river.

The LItchfield Shuttle Works on the Southbridge side of the river
looking toward what still is a grassy area in Sturbridge.  The
remnants of the factory can still be seen along the river.

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