I have an early childhood memory of picnicing at a park and then doing exercises in the woods. I remember walking on a path with exercise equipment in the middle of the woods. My most vivid memory is the delight I had watching Daddy on the chin-up bar. This was back in the 70's and throughout the years I've asked my parents if they remembered the exercise place in the woods but they never knew what I was talking about. Well, over 25 years later I re-discovered Menotomy Rocks Park and the "exercise place". The exercise station signs are still posted on the trees but the bar and rings I remember are gone. I found a sign explaining the history of the Vita Course but half of it is unreadable. I am unable to find any information of it online. What I can read on the sign is that the Vita Course was began in Switzerland in 1968.
In PHOTO 4 you can see evidence that bar and rings once hung here, metal hooks swing in the breeze
I can understand why such dangerous objects were removed. The fragile nature of the kids today does not allow for injury! Spring over Bar! Hang From Rings! Indeed!
The kids these days can't leave the house without a helmet and knee pads but these same parents allow them to watch reality tv and drink cappuccinos. Heh.
Menotomy Rocks Park has a pond and walking trails in the woods. It's a good spot for a picnic or romantic stroll. Lots of people walk their dogs here. I've seen families fishing but I don't think you can swim in the pond.
I hadn't been here in at least 25 years and although smaller than I remember, Menotomy Rocks Park brought back a lot of childhood memories for me. My family would picnic here and then do the "vita course" in the woods. The vita course was an exercise course in the woods. There are still signs where the exercise stations were but exercise equipment has been removed. I remember there was a chin up bar among other things.
Farmer's Market is a seasonal open-air market that runs from June to October, every Wednesday. It's located in the parking lot in Arlington Center. You will need quarters for parking.
It's small and many of the tents have the same kind of produce but if you can stand the crowds it's worth a visit. The produce is good quality and you will be supporting Massachusetts farms. Anything to avoid shopping at the hideous Stop & Shop.
Wednesday, 1:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
The "Res" is a man-made pond. There's a roped off swimming area in the summer.
I haven't actually swam here since around 1987 and only because my mother made me go. It's a pit of filth frequented by mothers with their kids. People pay good money to swim here for some reason. You feel like your walking around on a pile of dung. Go to Walden Pond in Concord instead.
There's a walking path, good for bird watching .
Old Schwamb Mill is the oldest continuously operating mill site in the United States. It's been in operation for 300 years.
Originally an old grist and saw mill, it was converted for woodworking purposes over 100 years ago.
They still make wooden frames here now.
Schwamb frames are in every major art museum in the United States and are included in the collections of the White House, the Vatican, Buckingham Palace, the Palace of the Kings of Hawaii, and the collection of Queen Sylvia of Sweden.
The three Mill buildings, including the woodworking shop, are open to the public on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Arlington's icon is the Menotomy Indian Hunter, sculpted in 1911 by Cyrus Dallin. It is the located between the Robbins Library and Town Hall.
My parents took me here a few times as a kid but then I forgot about it for years. During a moment of nostalgia (otherwise know as feeling old) I went back to check it out. It has recently been restored and is much prettier than it was during my youth.
When we moved to this part of town, we noticed a cemetery with a freemason symbol on it. We have personal interest in anything mason related, so I tried to find some information on what the heck this grave stone was doing on my street.
The Arlington Historical Society didn't know a cemetery had been here until 1987. The cemetery was restored and rededicated in 1990. In 1998, the cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Masons from the Prince Hall Grand Lodge hold a ceremony here on Memorial Day. I meant to check it out, but forgot all about it... perhaps next year.
Named after Prince Hall, the founder of the Boston Masonic Lodge.
Site of the only Black Masonic Cemetery in the United States. The cemetery, dedicated in 1864, held members of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge F & AM, formed in 1776. The cemetery was in use until 1897.Though much of the cemetery has since been developed, a survey of the site in 1988 found remains of the original gate and an obelisk.
Spy Pond has a baseball field, tennis courts, playground, soccer fields, boating (no motors over 10hp), fishing, birding, exploring, and just plain relaxing there is something for everyone.
Located next to the Minuteman Bike Path in the heart of Arlington
The Jason Russell House, built in 1740, still bears bullet holes as the site of bloody fighting on the first day of the American Revolution. British soldiers, in retreat from Lexington and Concord, shot and bayoneted Jason Russell on his own doorstep. Eleven other area Minute Men, who had gathered in Arlington, due to its strategic location, also lost their lives here in the April 19, 1775 skirmish.
The Old Schwamb Mill, originally waterpowered by the Mill Brook, is located near the Minuteman Bikeway, on Mill Lane in Arlington Heights. This 1873 photograph shows the millworkers.
Menotomy is what Arlington was originally called.
Menotomy is an Algonquian word meaning "fast moving water" and renovations of the Menotomy Indian Hunter includes a rippling waterfall and lagoon.