September 20 2016

History of the Landlocked Forest and Mary Cummings Park


The Burlington Historical Society is going to take a historic look at two of Burlington’s most beautiful locations - The Landlocked Forest and Mary Cummings Park. 


The parks will be the subject of the Thursday, October 6 meeting that will take place in the Human Services Building, 61 Center Street. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program starts at 7. 


“These two parks exist for very different reasons, but they both provide the residents of Burlington and other towns beautiful, restful woods, streams, and fields to enjoy,” a notice states. “ You will hear about the history of these magnificent parks and what is happening there now.  Maybe you remember visiting Pattison’s Dairy or the junk yard on Old Kendall Road?  Maybe you have flown a plane at Flyer’s Field or your children participated in rec programs at Mary Cummings Park?  Please come and share your stories.”


The Landlocked Forest was created by an historical accident of Routes 128 and 3, the note states. Although it is only a 12-minute drive from Town Hall, it is called “landlocked” because there are no direct roads from Burlington into the Landlocked Forest.  Mary Cummings Park is the property left by Mary Cummings in 1930 “…to be forever open as a public pleasure ground.”


The two parks are used year round by walkers, mountain bikers, cross country skiers, bird watchers, hikers, and all kinds of nature lovers.  Plus, there is a soccer field and a spacious parking lot at the Mary Cummings Park.  


User friendly trail maps and directions can be downloaded at  and


“We hope you will come to the Burlington Historical Society meeting on Oct. 6th to learn and share what you know about the Landlocked Forest and Mary Cummings Park,” the notice from the society says. 

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