We all pass things and places on a regular basis with no thought to the idea that others who are out of the area might find them interesting. To that end, here are a few places I often pass by when going on or coming from a ride.
One common sight is the old stone church that sits on a point jutting out into the Wachusetts resevoir. The church was built in 1891 just east of the confluence of the Quinapoxed and Stillwater rivers, which formed a branch of the Nashua River. From 1896 to 1905 the Nashua river was dammed, the area around the church flooded and the church was abandoned. It was rebuilt in 1977 after a partial collapse of the roof and walls.
Up the road (Rt. 140) in East Princeton, is this old church, which is now a private residence. The lady of the house was out in her garden and I asked permission to take a picture. She had very little information on the history of the church other than it was for poor mill workers.
A little farther up the road is a historic landmark called "Redemption Rock". In February of 1676, several hundred Indians attacked Lancaster, MA and captured Mary White Rowlandson, who was the wife of a Lancaster minister. John Hoar of Concord negotiated Mary’s release at this large granite ledge, shown below.
The attack was part of a larger event known as "King Phillip's War". This war was an important event in the history of the country as it gave colonists a sense of identity separate from the Crown and Parliament of England.