The Story of the Yawgoog Trails

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Appendix G: Service Project Ideas

Ashville Pond Work - Hopkinton, Rhode Island

Bridging is needed over small streams that flow into the western end of Ashville Pond on the Narragansett Trail (see Seven Pond Path). The parking area is off Stubtown Road. A collapsed shelter exists near the parking area; the remains should be dismantled and removed. The area is managed by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Protection.
 

Beach Pond Erosion Bars - Exeter, Rhode Island

A short section of the Tippecansett and Pachaug trails is eroding, just as it heads north from Beach Pond Road (Route 165) -- near the former swimming area. The land is managed by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Protection.
 

Blue Pond Cleanup - Hopkinton, Rhode Island

The failure of the Blue Pond dam in 2010 created an opportunity to remove litter and other debris around the pond edge. Most of the area around the pond is state land, managed by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Protection. Blue Pond is on Seven Pond Path.
 

Douglass Cemetery Restoration - Voluntown, Connecticut

This small overgrown cemetery is on the eastern side of Noah's Ark Road, south of Beach Pond Road (Route 165). It is near the Pachaug and Tippecansett trails. The Pachaug State Forest is managed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Another resource is the Connecticut Gravestone Network.

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Douglass Cemetery
Image by David R. Brierley
Coordinates: N 41° 34.156', W 71° 47.614' (Datum: WGS84)
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Green Fall River Bridge - Voluntown, Connecticut

A bridge, perhaps a simple plank bridge, is needed where the Narragansett Trail crosses the Green Fall River in a ravine south of the pond; care should be taken so that the bridge is not washed away after heavy rains. Sand Hill Road/Green Fall road is to the south. The Pachaug State Forest is managed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
 

Phillips Cemetery Restoration - Voluntown, Connecticut

The overgrown cemetery in the Pachaug State Forest is southwest of the intersection of Bitgood and Tippecansett roads and beside/west of the enduro trail; it is a short walk from the yellow-blazed Tippecansett Trail. Overgrowth needs to be removed and the dry stone walls need repair. More advanced work would involve repairing headstones and returning them to their correct locations; to do this, ground-penetrating radar (GPR) could be used to locate burial sites. A map of the cemetery compiled in the 1970s by Mr. and Mrs. Burton Jernstrom can be used to match the headstones to the burial sites; the map is available at the Voluntown Public Library under "Voluntown Cemetaries" [sic]. An earlier transcription, without a map, of the headstones was made by Charles R. Hale in 1933. The Pachaug State Forest is managed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Another resource is the Connecticut Gravestone Network. The cemetery is accessible with four-wheel drive vehicles: Follow the Shetucket Turnpike northeast from Voluntown center and turn right (southeast) onto the gravel Tippecansett Road at the intersection with Bailey Pond Road. Nearby, a foundation hole west of the intersection of Bitgood and Tippecansett roads is filled with litter. The map of the Pachaug State Forest from Great Swamp Press covers the area.

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Phillips Cemetery
Image by David R. Brierley
Coordinates: N 41° 35.689', W 71° 47.769' (Datum: WGS84)

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Carved boulder in Phillips Cemetery
Image by David R. Brierley
Coordinates: N 41° 35.689', W 71° 47.769' (Datum: WGS84)
Google Map

Rhode Island Historical Cemetery: Hopkinton 79 Restoration - Hopkinton, Rhode Island

This small cemetery, consisting of only fieldstones, is on Yawgoog property, just south of the Tippecansett Trail. Perhaps the overgrowth can be removed and dry stone walls can be built. More information is available from the Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission; the Commission may also have information on obtaining a sign. A search of old deed records might shed more light on the burial ground. Permission to work on the site must be obtained from Narragansett Council.
 

Road Rut Repair - Rhode Island and Connecticut

Vehicles have caused ruts in dirt roads in the area; as drivers try to avoid the ruts, the roads and ruts widen, expanding the damage. Perhaps it is possible to fill ruts with rocks, gravel and sand. Areas of concern are:


Stony Point Trail Restoration - Great Swamp Wildlife Management Area, South Kingstown, Rhode Island

While this trail is outside of the area covered in this guide, it offers a view of Worden Pond at the end. Parts of the trail are muddy and/or overgrown; the path's length is approximately 0.8 mile (1.3 kilometers). Permission would be needed from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. State funding, via Recreational Trail Grants, may be available to qualified non-profit organizations and governmental entities.

Portion of map showing the trail to Stony Point
Portion of map showing
the trail to Stony Point
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