FOW Presents “The History of the Village of Woodville and Lake Whitehall”
When: Sunday, May 17th from 2 PM to 4 PM
Where: Hopkinton Historical Society, 168 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton, MA
As part of Hopkinton’s 300th Anniversary Celebration, a glimpse into the History of the Village of Woodville and Lake Whitehall will be presented by the Friends of Whitehall. Did you know that English settlers on their way from Cambridge to Connecticut as early as 1636 slept on the third night of their trip on the western shore of Lake Whitehall? Did you know that by 1800 a carding machine was built in Woodville, and that in 1811 the Hopkinton Cotton Manufacturing Company was formed at the lower dam? It was the second cotton weaving mill in the country. Did you know that Dexter and Elbridge Rice built all of the brick houses on Wood St? Join us to learn about Woodville’s people, houses, industries and more about the fascinating village and lake.
FOW Receives 2015 Shared Stewardship Award!
The Friends of Whitehall recently received the Shared Stewardship Award from the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) for “extraordinary contribution to furthering stewardship of the state parks system.” To read the full letter from the DCR awards committee, please click here.
Next FOW Board Meeting: The next board meeting of the Friends of Whitehall will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Woodville Baptist Church, 249 Wood Street, Hopkinton.
Monthly board meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month unless posted otherwise. Meetings begin at 7:00 PM at the Woodville Baptist Church, 249 Wood Street (Rte. 135), Woodville, Massachusetts.
Annual Appeal Letter from our president
Click here to read the annual appeal letter from our president, Steve Warren
Friends of Whitehall and DCR construct two new trail bridges!
On November 12, 2014 Friends of Whitehall (FOW) , along with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) constructed two new trail bridges along the Winter Street trail of Whitehall State Park. Besides constructing the new bridges, the trail was re-routed around a very wet section. FOW also provided funding for the materials used. Click here to read the thank you letter that Rich Trubiano, DCR supervisor, sent to Friends of Whitehall for their work on the trail bridges. Please click here for a photo of one of the completed bridges! More photos can be found on the Photos page.
Another successful Friends of Whitehall Fall Clean-up held Oct. 18, 2014!
The Friends of Whitehall ‘s 10th fall lake and trail clean-up was held on Sat. Oct. 18h, 2014. About 30 people gathered at the boat landing at Whitehall State Park on Wood St. (rte.135) and were assigned areas of trails and shoreline around the lake to clean up debris and refuse from the summer. The lake was used extensively this spring and summer and enjoyed by many people. Some of the roadsides near the lake were also cleaned up.
Friends of Whitehall joins Whitehall Woods Alliance project:
Friends of Whitehall is a member of the Whitehall Woods Alliance project,
which has been formed to permanently protect open space with the acquisition of the 40 acre property known as 203 Pond Street, Hopkinton, MA. Please click on whitehallwoodsalliance.org to learn more about this important alliance.
Friends of Whitehall sponsors invasive species talk:
In response to the many inquiries about the weed problem at Whitehall, on July 29, 2014 Friends of Whitehall sponsored a talk on Invasive Species in MA with emphasis on weeds in Whitehall Reservoir. The talk was presented by Jim Straub of the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). It was held at the Whitehall boat ramp area and was attended by 25 people. Jim explained that invasive species started in the 40s and 50s in New England and why they are a serious problem to lakes like Whitehall. Each attendee received several field guides that can be used to indentify both native and invasive species in MA. Then, using several aquatic plants gathered by Jim from Whitehall, the attendees divided into work groups and got hands-on experience identifying native and invasive species in Whitehall Reservoir. Finally Jim discussed how the spread of invasive aquatic plants can be prevented and some of the options to deal with the problem. In the near future, DCR will be working with Friends of Whitehall to conduct a survey to determine what the primary uses are for Whitehall. Using that information, DCR will put together an invasive species management plan that will balance the uses of the lake. The expectation is that the plan will be reviewed with the public in the spring of 2015. Click here to see a photo of the talk.
Thanks to all who participated in the FOW Spring Lake and Trail Cleanup: The Friends of Whitehall ‘s 10th spring lake and trail clean-up was held on Sat. April 26th 2014 from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. Despite the rainy weather, a good turnout was had. A substantial amount of trash and debris was collected and disposed of. Lake area and trails look great.
Rich Trubiano, Asst. Park Supervisor, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, sent a letter of thanks to Friends of Whitehall. Click here to read it.