Gabriel and Selma Kleimola Reservation | Gloucester
Property Description & History
This unique Lanesville parcel in the North Gloucester woods features three abandoned granite quarries and an existing recreational trail network that connects into Dogtown. The public trails lead onto the property from Leverett Street, winding around the quarries, passing through wooded areas and near vernal ponds and intermittent streams.
The trails are wide and flat, since they were once part of the network of roads used by vehicles and machinery needed to haul in supplies and remove the granite from the quarries.
The largest quarry is Barker's pond, followed by Long Pit and a third, smaller pond called the Children's Quarry.
The quarries were created when the land was mined for granite in the early 1900s. Granite from Cape Ann was highly sought after and was shipped to Boston, New York and Philadelphia. When the mining industry fell on hard times during the Great Depression, these quarries, like many others, were abandoned.
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Thank you Jerry Monkman / ecophotography.com, Lynne Holton, Kindra Clineff, Adrian Scholes and John Raleigh.