The 2017 Clara Cummings Walk


Sunday, May 21, 2017, 8:45am to 2:15pm


Appleton Farms and Grass Rides [857 Highland Street, South Hamilton MA 01982]

Please join us on Sunday, May 21st for the 2017 Clara Cummings Walk at Appleton Farms Grass Rides! Beginning from the Highland parking lot, we will stroll among the hardwood lined trails of the Grass Rides Loop, to the Long Causeway Brook to the pinnacle on Pigeon Hill; after taking in the spectacular panoramic views of the Great Pasture, we will continue down the Plains Trail.   There are four pinnacles located throughout the property which were salvaged from Harvard’s Gore Hall and bequeathed to the Appleton's for their long association with Harvard University. The variable terrains of Appleton Farms Grass Rides offers open fields, rock walls, wetlands, and a diversity of trees and downed logs to explore for fungi, lichens and bryophytes.

             The group will be charged with compiling a checklist of bryophytes, fungi and lichens on the site. The collecting protocol will be outlined at the beginning of the event.

Please be sure to bring water, lunch, sunscreen, and remember to take the appropriate precautions against ticks. Note that although dogs are permitted at Grass Rides, they are prohibited at Appleton Farms.

When: Sunday, May 21st, 2017 @ 8:45am

Where: Highland Street Parking Lot [857 Highland Street, South Hamilton MA 01982]

Directions (from the Trustees Website): From Route 128, take exit 20A and follow Route 1A North toward Hamilton for approximately 2.5 miles. Turn left onto Arbor Street (by First Church in Wenham and Wenham Town Hall). Continue on Arbor Street for approximately .6 miles. Arbor Street becomes Highland Street. Continue on Highland Street for approximately 3 miles. The Highland Street Appleton Farms Grass Rides parking lot is located .1 miles past Cutler Road on your right.

Parking: $5.00 per vehicle (Free for Trustee members)

Trail Map

For more information

Please RSVP to Martha Finta (978-546-9641) or Elizabeth Kneiper (, 781-801-2734)