The property

A map shows the 84-acre property the Cumberland Land Trust is acquiring off Tower Hill Road.

CUMBERLAND – All the way up winding Tower Hill Road, near the highest point in town, is a property most residents have likely never seen, but that bears special significance in both local and national history.

Town Council members last week unanimously agreed to contribute $175,000 in open space funds toward the purchase of the 84-acre property off Tower Hill Road, which is thought to have at one time seen George Washington, Marquis de Lafayette, and Thomas Jefferson pass through it, according to members of the Cumberland Land Trust.

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Jason Richer

Tom, like you, I camped atop that hill with my dad in the late 60's early 70's. If I recall correctly, we had to move from the spot we could see the buildings in Boston. We used binoculars. To see Providence's skyline, we had to venture around the hill to another spot. I'm sure back in the day the signals were used the hilltop was clear of trees. Today, 50 years later, I wonder if the trees have blocked those sight lines? Might be worth a discussion about clearing a little to re-create what it was like when they were awaiting the British.

Tom Ward

Congratulations to the Cumberland Land Trust for their years of efforts finally come to fruition. I'm not sure who visited there in the long-ago past, but I camped atop Beacon Pole hill (the high spot) as a kid. And yes indeed, you can see Boston's Prudential Center to the northeast, and the Superman building to the south. It's a very high point!


You are absolutely right Tom, It "WAS" a beautiful spot. Isn't there a house on the property now?


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