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Merriam Road Conservation Area


Quick Facts

Parcel Name: Merriam Road Conservation Area

Address: Merriam Road

Size: 52.0 acres

Owner: Town of Grafton

Acquired: 1987

Conservation Restriction: No

Trails: Yes

Biking: Yes

Horseback Riding: Yes

Canoe Launch: No

Hunting: Yes

Fishing: No

Camping: Yes

Swimming: No


The Merriam Road Conversation Area is a well maintained parcel of land with extensive trails established. Trails lead through woodland and meadow environments.



The Ponds on Merriam Rd

Donna Williams leading public discussion on the importance of this acquisition.

















Grafton voters approved (at 12:30 AM!) the preservation of this land at a special town meeting on September 23rd, 1987. Mary and Henry Coz of South Street had notified the Town that they planned on selling their land to a developer to construct 40 single family homes. However, because state law allows towns the opportunity of first option to buy any land under special tax status. In a 288-106 vote, the citizens voted to purchase the land for preservation.


The tract was used for farming from probably the 1700's until the late 1960's when active farming of the land ended. Since then, the land has been fallow and the human uses of the property has invovled passive recreation.

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