This walk at the Forest Society’s Hay Forest Reservation will visit virtually unknown features of the former “Fells Farm” era during the tenure of Clarence L. Hay and Alice Appleton Hay. Hidden in the woods of the Forest Society’s Hay Forest Reservation are cement cisterns that once fed water to The Fells, early logging trails, and the ruins of a former maple sugarhouse. We’ll visit the cellar hole ruins of the Milton Clark and Nathan Baker farm—the final and most expensive—of seven farms purchased by Secretary John Milton Hay. We’ll visit the Sarah Bartlett cellar on the “Old Farm Road Trail” and the impoundment, filter house, and cistern house which still provide gravity-fed water to fountains in the formal gardens of The Fells.
This is a guided hike of about 2.5 miles that includes more rugged sections of off-trail exploration as well as easier walking along trails and woods roads. SPNHF and Fells members $10, non-members $15. Advance registration required. Bring water and a snack. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3. Meet at the Welcome Kiosk. Co-sponsored by the Society for the Protection of NH Forests and The Fells.