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TOWNSEND — The Townsend Historical Society will sponsor “A Village Hooped in Steel: A Walking Tour of Fessenden Hill” on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, starting at the New Hampshire end of Fessenden Hill Road. Join us to explore one of Townsend’s forgotten neighborhoods.

Architectural historian Ryan Hayward, of The Preservation Collaborative Inc. of Medford, will lead a 90-minute excursion through the northern portion of Fessenden Hill Road. Guests will be in for a treat, enjoying a leisurely, in-depth tour of the remnants of life and work along the road. It offers a rare opportunity to learn about the stories less heard — of the people who once called this place home and how Townsend State Forest came into being.

All welcome! The cost is $12/adult for nonmembers, and THS members are free! Dress casually with comfortable shoes for walking along a fairly level dirt road. Space is limited, so please plan to come early! GPS directions are: 40 West Hill Road in Brookline; park on the cul-de-sac. Guests should meet at the Fessenden Hill Road gate.

For information, contact the Townsend Historical Society at 978-597-2106, or go online to

This program is sponsored in part by a grant from the Townsend Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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