Opacum Land Trust & The Town of Monson have partnered to preserve approximately 165 acres known as the Flynt Quarry Land, a key parcel in the town that includes trails, habitat and history.
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 1800s 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. 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.
Owned By: Town of Monson
Location: Upper Palmer Rd, Monson, MA
Donors & Partners: The Monson Conservation Commission permanently protected this property through the cooperative effort and generoisty of th eTown of Monson, the Monson Community Preservation Committee, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Opacum Land Trust, Monson Savings Bank and many generous donors. Funding has also received through the federally funded Recreational Trails Program administered by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Conserved in: 2010Property Brochure Trail Map
Trails: Several marked trails.
Directions: Acess to the Flynt Quarry trails is from Margaret St. and Upper Palmer Rd in Monson.
Parking: There is ample parking along the road frontage near trailheads on Margaret St. & Upper Palmer Rd.
Contact for More Information: The Monson Conservation Commission
Phone: (413) 267-4100
Address: 110 Main Street Monson, MA 01057 United States
Trail Use: Due to the natural dangers associated with the former Quarry, we request cuation with your activities. Please stay away from the edges of the quarry. Climbing the quarry walls is prohibited. Please keep children within view especially on the white trail near the former quarry operation. Keep pets on a leash. The use of ATVs, snowmobiles & dirt bikes is prohibited.Trail Guidelines