Monson, now part of what’s known as Milford and Hollis New Hampshire, is a 280 acre historic site and one of the most significant archeological sites in New England. The walking trails through this old town will transport you back in time as you walk the old roads where about 300 of New Hampshire first settlers called home.
Along your self-guided walking tour of Monson you will find many trails, old cellar holes, old wells, preserved fields, and the restored Joseph Gould homestead. There is a map along the trail just as you leave the parking area along Federal Hill Rd in Milford. You will notice chestnut trees that are being protected. You will also find wild roses, lilies, butterflies, birds, and the occasional deer.
You can bring your leashed dog for a walk in Monson, just be sure to bring what you need to clean up after your pet. On hot days be sure to bring something to provide them with water.
Monson was its own town in the 1737 but abandoned in 1770, possibly due to the costs associated with maintaining the town (this reason is debatable still today). If you happen to see the caretaker, Russ Dickerman who is there almost daily with his dog, be sure to say hi to him and get some more history of Monson. Russ is the great, great, great grandson of one of the settlers of Monson.
There are rumors of paranormal activity in Monson. While it may be a ghost town some think the residents from the 1700’s still walk the roads of Monson.
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Address: Historic Monson Village, East Monson Rd
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