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Stickney Hill walk

Sunday, Dec 16, 2018 at 12:00pm

Stickney Hill Park
Pleasant Street

Come for a hike at this 15.9-acre property in Rockville. Meet at the eastern end of Pleasant Street (at the dead end). Park along the street. Land Trust board member and property steward Rob Lewis will lead the walk. The event is free, and will be held rain or shine, but extreme weather cancels. Moderately paced with a steep hill and bumpy ground. About a mile total, with some pauses to learn about the history, flora, and geology of the area. With volunteer work, trails are now in place with blazes to guide hikers. The locator map at right shows the oddly shaped property. Local historian Jon Roe said the area was inherited by businessman John Stickney in the mid-nineteenth century. Stickney owned the mill for which nearby Paper Mill Pond is named and built a house on an adjacent hill overlooking the Amerbelle complex. His daughter, Caroline Alathea Stickney Creevey, 1843-1920, wrote several popular books on botany, as well as "A Daughter of the Puritans," an autobiography, available online through Google books, about her childhood in the area of Stickney Hill.

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