Westwood. March 26, 2022

Day/Date:  SATURDAY -3/26/22
Towns visited:  Westwood
Had you ever been to any of this town before? Yes /No 
Drive to town:  15 miles    Time spent in town:  2 1/4 hours

What did we do in the town/area?  
We knew it would rain later in the day and wanted to get out of the house and explore a bit today, so we decided to head to a town reasonably close by to see what we could find. We headed to Westwood. We drove by the town hall and library and snapped our usual pics on our way into town. Then we headed to an area of the HALE RESERVATION, which is land owned by 
Hale Education (a non-profit committed to nature, education & recreation in communities in both Westwood and Dover). Parking for this area was easily accessed, right along the main strip of High St. 

We started on a trail walk in the Sen Ki (land of stone) reservation area. It was a shortish loop trail but fun to reach the high boulders at the top and, at times, walk along some very old stone walls. And although the ground was still covered with many leaves, we saw signs of spring in the buds and emerging plants.  

There’s a little strip of stores on High Street that we stopped into. On one end, it is the Westwood Post Office. On the opposite end is a little diner called The Toast Office. We had the unfortunate timing of having been there at 3:15pm- which is the very small window of time that the diner is closed n Saturdays (their hours are 7am-2:30p & 4p-8pm) so, unfortunately, we couldn’t go in for a visit (or snack). But we’d love to come back and check out this cute little place! 

Sandwiched in between these two places is the High Street Market. This place is a small local grocery store with a meat department and some prepared foods and a few aisles stocked with a mix of old staples and fun specialty foods and drinks. We loaded up with some snacks that included Cape Cod chips, chocolate-covered pretzels from a Chocolatier, Firoella’s pasta sauce (a company that has a restaurant in our hometown of Newton), and Jenny got some blueberry beer from a craft brewer in Rhode Island. We met Liz, the owner, and chatted with a nice man at the counter who told us that Liz had owned the place for the last 27 years and that it had been around since the 1950s. It definitely had an old-school vibe, but with a clear modern-day assortment of goodies for the local community.

From High St, we headed off to see Buckmaster Pond and park. (On our way there, we passed by a historical society site for an old school called the Fisher School from 1845. We stopped in and took a picture of this preserved building.) 

Buckmaster Pond is a kettle pond that is good for fishing and boating. When we arrived, several people were around the pond doing just that. There was also a nice green field with benches to sit and enjoy the beauty. In one spot, there was a memorial to “Eddie Thomson” with two benches, a brick-laid star, and a bronze statue of a dog named Sammie. It turns out that Eddie was a six-year-old boy who died in an unfortunate accident near the pond while crossing the street with his dad. Having just read the story about young Eddie, the sweet memorial just got more touching as Eddie really loved going to Buckmaster Pond with his dad and his dog Sammie, who was his best friend.

The weather began to turn, and the rain started falling, so after driving the long way out of this town, we headed home.

Indigenous/ Native land info for this region: Massachusett, Wompanoag, Pokanoket

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