The property has a long history, including having once been farmland, owned by the Jesuits, and part of the same property which is now the Phoenix Academy on the other side of Stony Street.
Slices of granite lie scattered near the centerpiece of the park – a large glacier erratic, also known as the “Giant Boulder”. Single track trails pass through many small quarries and remnants of quarry operations can be seen along a woods road. Rumor has it, that if you climb to the top of the “Giant Boulder” you can find the names of some of the quarry workers etched into the stone.
Scattered around the woods are a number of pieces of rusting machinery, no doubt the remains of equipment used for quarrying.
There is evidence of quarrying everywhere, but the most spectacular is the “Giant Boulder” mentioned above. Even though I didn’t see the boulder during this walk, I’ve included a picture (see picture below) from a previous visit in April, 2014. The picture doesn’t really do it justice. It’s huge and judging from the large boulders around it a lot has already been cut off. This is a view of one face of the boulder. It stretches back behind for quite some distance.
All pictures but the last one taken with a Sony RX100 M1. The last picture (of the giant boulder) was taken with a Sony RX100 M3.