Site of a home originally built in or soon after 1771 by Malachi Maynard, who was born in Westborough in 1745 and moved to Conway by 1770. Maynard’s first wife Elizabeth died young in 1785, after which Malachi married Anna Hale, Maynard represented Conway in the Massachusetts Legislature for three terms, and was town treasurer for 26 years, despite having only six weeks for schooling. Maynard once carried two pigs and 19 shad, in bags, on foot from Hatfield to this farm, resting at midnight against a tree on Poplar Hill, a mile southeast of here. This property is now owned by the Town of Conway, which bought it from a Maynard grandson in 1889 to use as the (last) town poor farm. The farm is across the old road.

Flash Hike Saturday at Conway State Forest. Paulette showed us the trails here, grab the guide from www.townofconway.com to visit the landmarks. Trails are not blazed, these are the old roads where the town center once stood. Also, no cell service so download and print your maps! Easy hiking on rolling hills in a beautiful forest with some old growth trees. Conway State Forest is a woodland DCR State Forest.

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