History Abounds on the Rail Trail

Whether it’s a history scavenger hunt or random discovery, our Rail Trail is as historic as it is relaxing to walk, jog and ride.  The history of Holliston that grew up along the former railroad has been around a while.  Hoping to show “what was here” in years past prompted the idea to create and install interpretive signs. With the 8-arch stone bridge restoration finished and momentum to do more, a few volunteers decided to tell some of the history of the various parts of town along the old rail bed.  

Mary Greendale authored much of the text and collected the materials used in the displays, some of which Robert Weidneckt had assembled over the years in developing the Trail.  Bea Hait and daughter Monica edited the final drafts.  Joanne Hulbert, unofficial historian for Holliston, provided several documents and colorful stories.  Susan Bergeron West of Sirius Designs, Monson, MA, professional designer, created the layouts from the photos, schedules, maps and documents, et al.

Funding for the eight interpretive signs came from the successful private fundraising for the 8-arch bridge restoration project. Cherie Hafford facilitated the final sign production working with the Rail Trail Committee and gathering feedback along the way. With Cherie’s management skills, the production contract was awarded and the signs arrived in town several weeks ago.  

Since then, the interpretive signs have started to appear along the trail.  Holliston Rail Trail Committee members, Robert Weidknecht, Herb Brockert and Ken Henderson comprise the installation crew.  It has taken many hands to make this project come together. 

Herb Brockert and Robert Weidknecht (Photo by Ken Henderson)

Stop and take a look at what the bustling town of Holliston was doing in past years.  Everything from Casey at the Bat to what did those mill buildings make before they were repurposed?  Did huge steam engines really go over the 8-arch bridge? 

These interpretive signs are fun to read since they tell the story of what Holliston has been doing for the last couple hundred years.  How many can you find on your next walk or jog on the trail? I’ve seen several already.

Ken Henderson


  1. Henry Dellicker on August 15, 2020 at 10:56 am

    What a great idea. Thank all of you for an outstanding display of Holliston.

  2. Susan Haley on August 15, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    We love reading these signs! Great addition to the Rail Trail.

  3. Jeffrey Hersh on August 17, 2020 at 9:53 am

    We saw the 8-Arch sign and another closer to downtown. Great additions to an already great rail trail. Kudos to all who made it happen!

  4. Nancy Baron on August 18, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    We saw a couple on a recent walk. What a great addition to our trail! We’re looking forward to seeing the rest of them. Thanks to everyone involved.

  5. Mary Curran on August 20, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    Great idea! I look forward to reading them. Thanks to all who participated in this project.

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