NORTHBOROUGH – Some key clues discovered alongside the 1.1-mile Outdated Farm Highway, inbuilt 2005-2007, reveal the world’s historical past earlier than it grew to become a leisure climbing path.
From the early 1700s, the 100 acres or so east of the place the avenue is now was farmland. Most lately it was a dairy farm known as Stirrup Brook Farm, which operated from the Nineteen Thirties to 1956. At the moment, milk manufacturing stopped, however the household had heifers till 1976.
A stone wall cuts by means of the woods a couple of toes from the intersection of Most important Avenue. The place brambles and low brush develop, it was as soon as open pasture the place about 18 cows spent their days grazing.
Alan Besson, who grew up on Stirrup Brook Farm (owned by the Heitzma household), remembers working residence from college to fish Stirrup Brook earlier than farming.
The rock wall marked the boundary of the Heitzma property, but it surely did not cease Besançon and his associates from sliding down a big hill that jutted out to the west. The cedars that grew there made wonderful fence posts, and each few years town mowed the fields into a shocking hillside.
When the farm offered its dairy enterprise in 1956, the sphere was briefly leased by Bigelow Nursery, and the nursery planted bushes alongside the Boston Greenway. You’ll be able to see one of many authentic farmhouses, constructed within the early 1700s and nonetheless in non-public possession, as you emerge from the woods and take a pointy proper alongside the sphere.
Returning to the forest, after a brief hill climb, a proper flip takes you to an outdated farm street, now a continuation of the Boroughs Loop Path, a 33-mile regional path. Then, a left flip brings you to extra options that remind you of the land’s farming historical past. A load of hay left there by Besançon’s half-brother Donald Heitzma within the Eighties. And — amongst different automobiles — sits a 1953 Oldsmobile 88 that Donald additionally parked as its remaining resting place in 1960 when its transmission failed.
From there, the four-acre rear subject is the ultimate ingredient that brings the property again to its farming roots. The fertile soil is used for present crop manufacturing, and lately has been leased by Berberian’s Farm, which has grown squash, maize and peppers.