Beavers deceived (we hope)

 

We turned to Betty Meehan who grew up in the house on Lowell Road across from Hartwell Meadow. Betty’s parents, Ruth and Ralph Howe, bought their 25-acre property in 1929, attracted by its diverse apple orchard. From the house, Betty could see only three structures across this open, rural landscape: the Jones (now Tyler) barn to the west, the Bartkus house with its chicken farm to the south, and the Hayes house to the north. The field across the road was owned by the Hayes and grazed by their dairy herd. The Hayes’ niece, Reena (Alexandrina) MacGuinness, grew up with them in the house at 1140 Concord Street in Carlisle and eventually inherited the property. It was from the estate of Alexandrina Irwin that the Land Trust purchased Hartwell Meadow. Betty remembers sitting on her front porch and calling to Reena, who was sitting on her stoop across and up the road, exchanging the lines to a song that began “playmate, come out and play with me.” She remembers sledding on the hill behind the Hayes house with the Bartkus children and exploring a cranberry bog in the nearby woods with Mrs. Hayes. When pasteurization became popular, the Hayes could not afford the equipment it required and gave up their cows. The field was then used by Guy and Dot Clark to grow corn for their dairy farm in Carlisle. But Betty remembers that for much of her life, Hartwell Meadow has been a hayfield. We like to hope that in conserving this land, we have helped retain a sense of what was once a quiet and pastoral
neighborhood.

 
I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.
Abraham Lincoln
 

She remembers sledding on the hill behind the Hayes house with the Bartkus children and exploring a cranberry bog in the nearby woods with Mrs. Hayes. When pasteurization became popular, the Hayes could not afford the equipment it required and gave up their cows. The field was then used by Guy and Dot Clark to grow corn for their dairy farm in Carlisle. But Betty remembers that for much of her life, Hartwell Meadow has been a hayfield. We like to hope that in conserving this land, we have helped retain a sense of what was once a quiet and pastoral
neighborhood.

 

Once apon a time on a dark and stormy night...

 

To learn more about the recent history of the meadow, we turned to Betty Meehan who grew up in the house on Lowell Road across from Hartwell Meadow. Betty’s parents, Ruth and Ralph Howe, bought their 25-acre property in 1929, attracted by its diverse apple orchard. From the house, Betty could see only three structures across this open, rural landscape: the Jones (now Tyler) barn to the west, the Bartkus house with its chicken farm to the south, and the Hayes house to the north. The field across the road was owned by the Hayes and grazed by their dairy herd. The Hayes’ niece, Reena (Alexandrina) MacGuinness, grew up with them in the house at 1140 Concord Street in Carlisle and eventually inherited the property. It was from the estate of Alexandrina Irwin that the Land Trust purchased Hartwell Meadow. Betty remembers sitting on her front porch and calling to Reena, who was sitting on her stoop across and up the road, exchanging the lines to a song that began “playmate, come out and play with me.” She remembers sledding on the hill behind the Hayes house with the Bartkus children and exploring a cranberry bog in the nearby woods with Mrs. Hayes. When pasteurization became popular, the Hayes could not afford the equipment it required and gave up their cows. The field was then used by Guy and Dot Clark to grow corn for their dairy farm in Carlisle. But Betty remembers that for much of her life, Hartwell Meadow has been a hayfield. We like to hope that in conserving this land, we have helped retain a sense of what was once a quiet and pastoral
neighborhood.

View from Betty’s house of hay bales on Hartwell Meadow. (Photos courtesy of Betty Meehan)