Whitney Memorial Forest covers the northeast slopes of Benjamin Hill, overlooking downtown Winchendon from across the Millers River. The 90-acre forest abuts the Millers River State Wildlife Management Area, which was also protected with assistance from Mount Grace. The property contains perennial streams that flow into the Millers River. There are three disused man-made wells on the property, one of which overflows and has created a wetland and stream area. The forest is mostly an Oak-Hemlock-White Pine Forest, with an abundance of Oak that supports a variety of wildlife species. There are still several mature aspen trees near the southern property boundary.
Mount Grace manages the forest for multiple uses including wildlife habitat, sustainable forestry and recreation. Mount Grace has conducted sustainable forestry tours on the property for natural resource classes at Mount Wachusett Community College and for the general public.
Whitney Memorial Forest is open to the public for non-motorized outdoor recreation including hiking, bird watching, nature study, and hunting.
*Note that no hiking trails have been created on this property.
201 Benjamin Street, Winchendon, MA 01475
From Route 2 take exit 19 onto Route 202 north towards Winchendon. Travel approximately 12 miles and turn right onto Benjamin Street and go up the hill to the top of road. The property begins at the unmaintained road.
Parking is available at the end of Benjamin Street.
Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust
Adelaide Whitney (2002)
In 2002, the land was donated to Mount Grace in memory of Adelaide Whitney through the efforts of Margaret Urquhart. A tireless advocate for Winchendon, Margaret served on the Winchendon Planning Commission, the Historical Commission, the Historical Society, the Toy Town Partnership, and the Northern Heritage Mills Project.
Photos from the fairy house building workshop with Winchendon Scouts: