George B. Parker Woodland
A long, pleasant ramble through a historic refuge. The most noted feature of the Parker Woodland is its collection of more than a hundred mysterious rock cairns (beehive-shaped stone piles ranging in height from 2 to over 4 feet) that dot a 0.25-mile tract of land surrounding the refuge’s Paul Cook Memorial Trail. No one is quite sure who built these rock formations, although different theories have suggested the Narragansett tribe, Celtic settlers, and colonial farmers. In addition to the cairns, Parker Woodland contains the foundation of an eighteenth-century farmhouse, old stone quarries, and the Isaac Bowen house, a colonial structure now on the National Register of Historic Places. The 860-acre refuge consists mostly of mixed deciduous forest, plus red maple swamp, open fields, and flowing brooks.
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