Hassanamesit Woods is a time capsule permeated with evidence of the past. Property boundaries of 18th and 19th-century owners—Indians and Anglo settlers—remain. Stone walls outline former fields and pastures. Grafton’s industrial growth left its mark with railroad cuts and abandoned roads. Traces of peach and apple orchards from the early 20th century are still visible. The power line corridor, once a raw scar but now a valuable shrubland habitat for birds, reveals the energy needs of late 20th-century suburban growth.
The seven History pages linked below trace significant historic events that took place in Hassanamesit, including its long ownership by Hassanamisco Indians of the Nipmuc Nation, the land’s vital role in the agrarian history of Grafton, and its 20th century transformation. The Cultural Resources Inventory identifies present-day features of the property that are evidence of its long and varied use.