Sunday, March 24, 2013

Historic Walking Tours of Maynard

With the nice weather hopefully holding for a while, this is a great opportunity to try one of the Historical Commission's "Walking Tours of Maynard." The tours were compiled by Peg Brown, one of our town's local history experts and features sites all over Maynard and its unique past. 

I just did most of the New Village and Maynard's Hill tour last week. I thought it was interesting to note that the first ever Maynard Public Library was actually located on the site where Jarmo's Auto Repair is on Acton St. It was housed in part of the Acton St. School that was torn down in 1902 and the present building was erected. I hope to do more as the spring weather melts away all this snow!

There are five tours available and map brochures can be picked up at the Reference Desk here at the library. They can also be downloaded via the Historical Commission's website here. Here is the list of tours along with their length in distance and estimated time to complete:
  1. Main Street and The Mill (2 miles, 1:15)
  2. Assabet Village (2 miles, 1:45)
  3. New Village and Maynard’s Hill (1.9 miles, 1:30)
  4. Great Road (West: 2 miles, 1:30; East: 2.25 miles, 2:15)
  5. Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge (varies)
These tours are designed to be printed on 8.5 x 14 inch paper (legal size).  They can be printed on regular 8.5 x 11 paper but may be hard to read.

Happy walking!

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