How are volunteers recruited?
To date, there has been no concerted effort to recruit a core volunteer group. The Land Stewards, with whom Linda McElroy collaborates, together with contacts within the Acton Educational community and the Boy Scouts, continue to provide volunteers as they are needed. Many volunteers have heard about the project from friends or colleagues, and there are numerous individuals who ‘just stopped by’ to watch and learn about a task underway, and then became involved.
Volunteer groups who have worked on a variety of different projects on the sites so far restored include not a few Eagle Scout candidates; community service youths; Land Stewards generally, and Laurie Ullmann and Nan Millett in particular; members of the Social Action Committee of Congregation Beth Elohim; ABRHS Senior Community Service Day participants; Allen Warner’s 8th graders; Bruce Carley, a local horticulturalist; local students attending a summer Archaeological Field School in 2008; site neighbors; frequent walkers; and members of the Acton Conservation Trust.
How you can help?
Anyone who would like to help with either a specific task or with work parties assembled to undertake routine maintenance, may call Doug Halley, Director of the Board of Health and de facto staffer for archaeological activities, at 978-929-6632. An interested person may volunteer for one specific event, be added to a list of core volunteers, or participate in a variety of ongoing work with needs for specific talents or expertise.
Presently, there is work for volunteers for general landscape maintenance at the four sites that have been, or are being, worked on: Stone Chamber, Wheeler Farm, Robbins Mill complex, and Plantain Stone Pile Cluster.
A specific need currently is for someone who can identify grants for which this project could qualify. Further funding is needed to bring the first phase of the TTT vision, described here, to a desired conclusion. The forms and application process itself can be completed by Town Hall staff.
Will the Trail be extended in the future?
The project’s definition and scope allows for extension of the Trail Through Time both into other areas of Acton, where structures of historical interest exist, and also into contiguous towns where similar archaeological and historical features are present.
Acton’s portion of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail will be constructed in 2014. When completed, it will provide a link between the Rt. 27 side of the TTT and East Acton Village, as well as Ice House Pond, the Morrison Farm, and the Robbins Memorial, all areas of historic significance.
The Town’s recently acquired Robbins Mill Conservation Land, contiguous to the Nashoba Brook and Spring Hill Conservation Lands, will permit direct entrance from the TTT into Carlisle’s conservation lands, where there are varied types of stone structures believed to be of Indian provenance.
Another connection that is being explored is to Littleton’s Sarah Doublet Forest, which overlooks Nagog Pond and is just beyond Acton’s border with Littleton. This connection would be most appropriate, as Sarah Doublet was the last survivor of the Nashoba Praying Village. She was also the last of her Tribe, and holder of the deed to that land. She spent her final days in Jones Tavern, located in South Acton.
Last Updated: 05/09/2014 12:41