Sunday, November 18, 2012

Maple Swamp Maps

Maple Swamp Map Complete!

Hip, Hip Hooray!  The GPS mapping of the roads, trails and main features within the Maple Swamp is now complete.  Many thanks to the two volunteers who accomplished this feat:  SCT member Samuel White and SCT trustee Jack Vaccaro.

Last fall, Sam hiked all the trails, collected and sent the GPS data to Jack, who in turn created the map.  The map and landmarks legend are available for download on our website and Facebook page.  Just click on the two links below.  Happy Hiking!

Photos from Take A Hike at Shawme Pond

A brief stop at the newly renovated Sandwich Town Hall

Shawme Pond

A briefing at the Jones & Heald Tack factory site

Union Braiding Road

Packing house and office area of the Jones & Heald Tack Factory

Wolf Trap Neck

Two SCT members walking the Cook Farm Conservation Lands

Dedication plaque for the Cook Farm Dam

Cook Farm dam site

Unknown remnants

Abandoned farm machinery

Abandoned farm machinery

Abandoned farm machinery

Abandoned farm machinery

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Take a Hike - Lower Shawme Pond Loop

By John Nye Cullity

The Sandwich Conservation Trust will host its monthly guided walk this coming Sunday, November 11th, at 2 PM, and we are pleased to offer something new – the Lower Shawme Pond Loop.  We will begin at the Wing School parking lot, and take the sidewalk down Water Street (Rt. 130) to the Town Hall.  We will turn and head up Grove Street to Union Braiding Road, and follow the path over the new Upper Shawme Pond Dam, and back to the Wing School through the Cook Farm Conservation Lands.

This new walk has been made possible by the passage of three CPA sponsored articles at town meetings in 2003, 2006, and 2010.  The first was for purchase of 40 acres bordering Upper and Lower Shawme Pond, including the ca. 1812 dam, the deteriorating condition of which had been cause for concern for many years.  Second, $400,000 of CPA funds voted for use in replacing the dam, supplementing a state grant of $500,000.  Third, $12,000 was voted to construct a footbridge over the dam.

This walk allows us to take in a lot of Sandwich geography and history, looping right through the old central village, over the mill stream, uphill to Upper Shawme, a beautiful spring-fed mill pond, and back through a pleasant, mature forest.  At the dam we will see the remains of the mill site, where the first factory on Cape Cod was built- the Wing Cotton Mill, later the Sandwich Tack Company, still later, the Union Braiding Company.  

Please note that for safety and practical reasons, we are limiting this hike to 25 participants, who must register with me (508) 888-7629, or Joe Queenan (508) 833-0861.  There is no charge for the walk.  If our quota fills up before you can register, perhaps you can join us in the spring, when we will repeat the walk.

The Sandwich Department of Natural Resources would like the public to be aware of three things – that there is no parking available on Union Braiding Road, Wing School is best; that there is a gate at the dam footbridge which should be closed after use; and for canoe/kayak enthusiasts, there is a well-designed portage next to the dam, do not transfer your craft elsewhere.

This is a fairly long walk – allow an hour and a half.  Remember to register as noted above, first come first served.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Photos from Take a Hike at Sagmore Hill

Fall color.

Cliff leading the way.

Panama gun mount base. The weapon which sat atop it, could be rotated 360 degrees, firing 120 pound projectiles at a rate of 4/minutes with a range of ~20 miles to protect the east coast of the Cape Cod Canal.

Looking toward Phillips Rd.

A former tunnel entrance which connected plotting rooms and ammunition storage rooms to the observation and battery command station on top of Sagamore Hill during World War II.

Eagle Scout project.