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Date:
October 19, 2019
Time:
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location:
The “Back to Tranquility Grove” walk begins with a ceremony at 10 a.m. at New North Church, 1 Lincoln St. Doors open at 9:40 a.m.
Address:
Hingham, MA 02043
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Hingham Land Conservation Trust Fall Walk - Back to Tranquility Grove

Saturday, October 19, 2019

The 2019 Fall Walk of the Hingham Land Conservation Trust celebrates renewed access to Burns Memorial Park, a Town-owned wilderness park.The October 19th program and walk are FREE TO THE PUBLIC

For its 2019 Fall Walk, the Hingham Land Conservation Trust (HLCT) will commemorate one of the town’s lesser-known historical highlights: the 1844 “Great Abolitionist Picnic” at Tranquility Grove, which at that time was owned by members of the Thaxter family. Today, a portion of the original Tranquility Grove is known as Burns Memorial Park, a 26.6-acre public park owned by the town through the Hingham Conservation Commission. In recent months, the park been restored with new entrance steps, clearing, and trail-blazing that make it accessible once more.

The “Back to Tranquility Grove” walk begins with a ceremony at 10 a.m. at New North Church, 1 Lincoln St. Doors open at 9:40 a.m.

Afterwards, members of the League of Women Voters of Hingham, carrying oak branches as was done by a group of women for the 1844 procession from Fountain Square to Tranquility Grove, will lead participants from New North Church to Burns Memorial Park.

Upon arriving at the park, guest speakers will offer brief comments about the site and read excerpted remarks from famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass - a speaker at the Tranquility Grove event.

The walk concludes downtown, with cider and lemonade served at the Hingham Community Center, 70 South St.

The event is FREE TO THE PUBLIC and will be held RAIN or SHINE.