The Dynamite Box Factory. The Chester Blandford State Forest covers 2,770 acres in both towns established in 1924. The old roads on the Blandford side are the less traveled and the history of the town’s early settlers lie here. Coming in from Beulah Land Road in Blandford, we searched for the old West Box Factory. If you are familiar with the State Forest you may of hiked the Dynamite Box Trail, this was the factory where boxes were made that stored dynamite. A very faint old cart path veers off Beulah Land Road, you cant see it clearly until you are on it. In about half a mile the remains of the factory appeared on a knoll looking SW, a beautiful spot. Look out for Debbie’s Hilltown History story coming up in the Country Journal.

There is no metal detecting allowed on any State Forest property and please leave any great historical finds where you find them for others to enjoy and the historical experts to document. #dcr

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