8 Things to Do in Spencer

1. Saint Joseph’s Abbey-Resting on a wooded hillside in the remote north of Spencer there’s a Trappist monastery established in 1950.

2. Spencer State Forest-This Massachusetts state forest is on three separate sections, spread across more than 900 acres in Spencer.

3. Spencer Town Center Historic District-At that time Spencer’s main products were boots and wire, and the success of these industries sparked intense development in the center.

4. Depot Rail Trail-The Spencer Railroad connected downtown Spencer with the Boston and Albany Railroad line, which still runs through South Spencer and is used by CSX for freight.

5. Midstate Trail-Worcester County is crossed by a 92-mile scenic footpath, extending from the border with Rhode Island in the south to the MA/NH line in the north.

6. Burncoat Pond Wildlife Sanctuary-One path, Flat Rock Trail, leads you to Richard’s Overlook, a boulder commanding a magnificent northerly view of the pond.

7. Luther Hill Park-The roots of Luther Hill Park go back to a donation in 1888 by the eponymous businessman, judge and civic leader.

8. Sibley-Warner Farm-On more than 300 acres, Sibley-Warner Farm was purchased by the town in 2011, and is now managed by the Greater Worcester Land Trust.

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