I lived in Newburyport for twenty years, and spent a good portion of my teenage years working on a farm in the north-end of town (Arrowhead). Having access to the farm was great because it abutted the 400′ish acre Maudslay State Park on like three sides, far at the back-end of the park – away from the main entrance and most of the foot traffic. This allowed my buddies and me to ride our bikes around the park almost every day, getting more and more familiar with the trail system from the inside out. In fact, I even used to drive hay rides in the park during the late 80′s and early 90′s.
I have a lot of history in the park, and a lot knowledge about the park itself. People have actually joked with me about giving tours around the park because I spit things out like “Hey, that’s the fairy garden,” or “If you look down here you will see the old well,” or “The Castle sat right on the hill here, you can see the steps over there,” and a bout hundred other interesting facts about the park. Well, at least interesting to me …
Anyways, I could rant about the park for hours.
Now I live in a town next to Newburyport and still try to wake up early when I can to walk in the park. I did that this morning for about an hour and grabbed a couple of pictures I wanted to post.
Standing on the dam
The waterfall at the dam
Walking along the pond, through the laurels
Looking through the laurels at the stone bridge by the pond
Walking over the stone bridge
The pond – downstream
The pond – upstream (by the beaver dam)
The back field – (near farm, and where old farmhouse was moved from)
The back field