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“Mountain Place”

“Wachusett” is an Algonquin word meaning “mountain place”. Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, MA has been a popular destination for hikers, skiers and sightseers for centuries. Local tribes, such as the Nipmucs, camped here. In the nineteenth century, Henry David Thoreau explored this mountain and described his visit in one of his journals.

Mt. Wachusett in Princeton, MA reveals an iconic view of New Hampshire’s Mt. Monadnock.
Wachusett’s ski lifts are popular with sightseers in the fall.
The Bicentennial Trail is one of ten trails of varying difficulties frequented by hikers each year.

About the author jmankowsky

This photo blog features the seasonal changes in nature observed in my own backyard and a variety of local environments. The Wachusett Meadow Audubon Sanctuary in Princeton, MA is often highlighted as a model for the positive effects a small nature preserve can have on the larger environment and the local community. Local sites of historical, cultural and recreational interest are spotlighted as well. All photographs were taken by me. Thank you so much for visiting.

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12 Comments

  1. Beautiful. Thanks for the etymology.

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca. I love all the Algonquin place names in this area.

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  2. It really is a beautiful season. Lovely photos.

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    1. Thanks, VJ. It’s hard to keep up with postings of beauty this time of year. Honestly, I don’t know how you manage to post so consistently!

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      1. It’s called having no life, lol. I totally understand, though, even for me, it’s sometimes overwhelming.

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  3. Spectacular! What a beautiful area.

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    1. The fun part is that the State Park and the Ski Area have worked out how to share the mountain, and the audubon I visit so frequently abuts the parklands. One stop shopping! đŸ˜‰

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  4. Oh, it’s so beautiful! How cool that there is a ski lift to ride to take in the view from a great height at the height of the season!! Wonderful!!

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    1. It’s really fun to ride and view!

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