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Breakheart Reservation History in Pictures

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Join Wakefield authors Alison Simcox and Doug Heath at Beebe Library on Monday, March 11 at 7 p.m. when they will introduce their new book in Arcadia’s Images of America Series, Breakheart Reservation.

Doug Heath and Alison Simcox are environmental scientists with an interest in local history. In their book,  they selected images from private collections and public archives tracing Breakheart Reservation‘s history from its natural origins through colonial settlement and use as a private resort to a public park of extraordinary beauty.

Comprising over 600 acres of woodlands, wetlands and hilly terrain, Breakheart Reservation began as a parcel of common land awarded to new settlers arriving in Saugus in the early 1700s. Today, it is considered a gem in the Massachusetts state park system. Simcox and Heath trace the park’s history from its days as a private hunting retreat through its years as a camp for the Depression era Civilian Conservation Corps to its transformation into a recreational area.


The authors will be happy to sign copies of their book, which will be available for purchase.
Reserve seats online for what promises to be an interesting evening.

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