By ecoRI News staff
CUMBERLAND, R.I. — The Monastery will be the site of the kick-off event for the 2018 Land Trust Days on Aug. 10 at 5:30 p.m., hosted by the Cumberland Land Trust and Rhode Island Land Trust Council. This opening event will feature a guided forest hike and a chance to discover some little-known Rhode Island history.
The history of the land surrounding The Monastery Park includes events of King Philip’s War and the later arrival of Trappist monks. The Cumberland Land Trust will take participants on a hike through this forested area, stopping to point out the monks' quarry and the site of Nine Men’s Misery.
The hike is 2 miles, but non-hikers are welcome to linger and enjoy the beautiful Monastery grounds and flowers. The property was bought by the town of Cumberland in the 1970s. It’s now home to the town’s library, senior center, additional municipal offices, and 7 miles of trails on 481 acres of conserved land.
“Land Trust Days has been remarkably successful in the past six years by encouraging Rhode Islanders to get outdoors, spend time in nature and discover the beautiful protected open space lands in Rhode Island,” said Rupert Friday, executive director of the Rhode Island Land Trust Council. “If you ask people to think about their favorite place to relax, most people picture themselves in an outdoor site. Land Trust Days highlights just how many of those special places exist in Rhode Island.”
Land Trust Days highlights the outdoor areas that the state’s land trusts — most of which are entirely volunteer-run organizations — work to protect and promote. In addition to their natural beauty, these special places promote the health of Rhode Island’s residents, its environment, and the economy.
There will be two starting times for the 2-mile guided hikes at The Monastery, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Land Trust Days events will run through September.