The Flynt Quarry Lands
A partnership to protect nature & history in Monson
This photo was taken from an overlook on the Flynt Quarry Lands.
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About the Flynt Quarry Star Holes
Opacum Land Trust & The Town of Monson have preserved approximately 165 acres known as the Flynt Quarry Land, a key parcel in the town that includes trails, habitat and history.
Walkers enjoy a guided hike led by Leslie Duthie at the Flynt Quarry.
Preservation of the Flynt Quarry Land has secured an area designated as important and significant in the Monson Open Space and Recreation Plan. Despite being recognized in the plan, for many years the land was not within reach for conservation. Several proposals for development of the property were introduced including one that called for a 100 to125 unit subdivision.
As fate would have it, eventually the opportunity to purchase the Flynt Quarry Land arose. The Town of Monson Conservation Commission was awarded a LAND (Local Access for Natural Diversity) grant funded by the state, and combined with funds from the Monson Community Preservation Committee and money raised by the Opacum Land Trust the total purchase price of $380,000.00 was met. Opacum holds a conservation restriction on the property to further protect the land.
The Flynt Quarry Land includes a scenic view point for the downtown area, including the historic First Church of Monson. It is the beginning of a long ridgeline that runs parallel to Main Street.
The old Flynt Quarry is an important piece of the historic landscape of Monson. This granite quarry was run in the late 1800 by Rufus Flynt. The quarry provided granite for not only some of the town’s unique historic structures including Memorial Hall, the United Universalist Church (both designated historic structures), and the Monson Free Library, but also several buildings in New England, Washington D.C. and beyond. The Flynt Quarry attracted Italian, Irish, and Polish immigrants who were seeking employment, adding to the community’s ethnic and cultural history and diversity.
This property has numerous walking trails and is part of the High School cross country course. We are now seeking funds to maintain, improve and map the trails. Trails link all three of Monson’s public schools to the quarry railroad system and the old trolley line, which ran through what is now Quaboag Country Club, and to town property on Bunyan Road. Monson’s Open Space and Recreation Plan indicates this parcel is part of a greenway trail network with options to connect with the Monson Developmental Center lands that were designated as protected open space.
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