The Crown Point Road Association’s September 10 hike in Cavendish was held despite flood- damaged roads caused by tropical storm Irene. It actually provided an opportunity for hikers to assess marker damage in the area.
Joe Pasquariello, hike leader, provided commentary on the early sites and settlements to be visited. Starting at the location of early settler, John Coffeen, the group traveled to Coffeen’s later home and the cemetery that bears his family name as designated by Marker #29A.
Nearby homeowners, the Durkins, offered additional information.
Hikers then took the South Reading Road and headed to Marker #30. Their walk was documented by some well-preserved old signs and they located a number of cellar holes.
The tour continued on to Marker #31 which had been washed out some and passed Marker #32 on 20-mile Stream Road. The final destination was Marker #33 in Plymouth. Some hikers camped overnight at member Belle McKnight’s Meadow Brook Campground.
In spite of all the devastation in the area it was apparent that the markers had survived. However, Becky Tucker and Dan Keebler, concerned about the two original markers, #18 and #22, set out the next day to do a survey and found that only #18 had seen much flooding and was undamaged.