Upton State Forest: A History

 

There are approximately 2830 acres of Upton State Forest scattered throughout Upton and extending into the towns of Grafton, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Mendon, Northbridge and Westborough. The largest contiguous parcel, headquarters area and parking lot for the major trails are located near the intersection of Westborough and Southborough Roads in Upton. The GPS address is 205 Westboro Rd. Do not use Upton State Forest in your directional device since this may send you to Northbridge. For the purposes of this web site, the focus will be on the Headquarters area of Upton State Forest in North Upton. We are interested in hearing from people who have knowledge of historic resources in other sections of Upton State Forest.

Several distinct periods define the history of the lands that comprise Upton State Forest.  These periods are layered upon each other, creating opportunities for multiple interpretations of some sites. The intention of this website is to give a brief overview. For more information, you may see below and contact the following organizations.

Friends of Upton State Forest
PO Box 258
Upton, MA 01568-0258
friends@friendsofuptonstateforest.org

 

Upton Historical Society
PO Box 171
Upton, MA 01568-0171
508-529-6600
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mauhs/

 

Upton Historical Commission
PO Box 222
Upton, MA 01568
508-529-6600
http://www.upton.ma.us/Pages/UptonMA_BComm/historical/index

 

Massachusetts Civilian Conservation Corps Archives
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Mount Greylock State Reservation
PO Box 138
Lanesboro, MA
413-499-4262
Mount.Greylock@state.ma.us
Put CCC in the subject line.
http://www.mass.gov/dcr/ccc/CCCArchives.htm

 

Click on one of the following FUSF periods for more information:

 

The Friends of Upton State Forest have created two informative brochures about the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Upton and their activites at Upton State Forest. Click on the links to download the brochures (PDF).

The CCC in Upton

The CCC and Upton State Forest