Sherborn/Framingham MA. Standing Stone & Stone Wall Complex
There are many ways into these woods. There is a small entrance into them in Ashland off of Rte. 126. When I worked in the Prodcue Dept. of the Ashland Shaw's Market many years ago, I used to ride my bicycle into these woods during my 1 hour break, sit underneath a prominent tree over-looking a wetland and meditate. Other times I would continue to ride to the Market Basket Plaza by the Ashland/ Framingham town line, and eat lunch buffet at an Indian restaurant next to a Tae-Kwon-Do school. In those days I was a vegetarian. Although I am no longer vegetarian, I learned a lot about food from that experience (for instance, to drink Rice Milk instead of Cow's Milk, to spread Hummus on a morning bagel instead of cream cheese, to tolerate eating raw garlic, etc.)
Anyway, lately I have entered these woods from the Sherborn side. The site with the Standing Stone is wedged between the end of a train yard and some power-lines. The Standing Stone is on a ledge, at the end of a stone wall that runs to the ledge. The complex of Stone Walls at this site is also very impressive and I felt it could be part of the Native Ceremonial Stone Landscape as opposed to a later construction. The Standing Stone attests to this. Not too far away from here in Framingham is a lake that was important to in-land Nipmuc people in both pre-colonial times as well as the early colonial period. But back to the site at hand, I took the pictures of the Standing Stone & Stone Walls in late November, around 3:30 in the afternoon. I noticed a sun-set alignment with the Standing Stone:
The stone has a nice tip from this angle:
From this angle, an interesting two notch marks on the right side of the Standing Stone. Notice the Stone Wall that runs to the ledge:
More Stone Walls sloping around the ledges:
Finding a site like this is what it's all about. This site is also nearby to some swamps.