Monday, March 12, 2007

State 9 to Springfield cont.

Between Sturbridge and Brimfield, US 20 crosses rolling farm country, on both sides of the road fields slope gradually to the base of distant hills.
(L. stagecoach in Brimfield...)

At 30.7 m. is the junction with a road in East Brimfield. Right on this dirt road is Little Alum Pond, 1.3 m. (picnic grove, refreshment stand, boating, bathing and fishing)...

At 34 m. is Brimfield, (pop. 892, sett. about 1706). The village, with its white Colonial church overlooking the village Green, and street lined with closely planted elms, is on the old stagecoach route. Its few industries did not survive the introduction of mass production.
Left from Brimfield, State 19 follows Wales Brook, skirting the southern part of the Brimfield State Forest, with the summits of Mt. Pisgah and Mt. Hitchcock visible to the west.
Wales, 4.4 m., (pop. 382, sett. about 1726), is surrounded by woodlands, market gardens and dairy farms... Dominating the village is an old-fashioned New England hotel with a wide porch extending across its breadth, on which a row of inviting chairs offers a vantage point for observing the leisurely goings and comings of the townsfolk...
Right from Brimfield on Warren Rd. at 2 m. is the junction with a mountain road; left on this road (25 cents toll) is Steerage Rock, a huge boulder used as a landmark by Indians and travellers on the Bay Path during the colonization of the Connecticut Valley. It was said to be a favorite camping place for King Phillip; from here he could watch the villages in the valley below.

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