Sometimes it's worth skipping the interstate and taking the slow road: one that features scenic views and colorful communities that can go overlooked. Take Massachusetts Route 62, for example. We did – from Barre to Beverly – and made some interesting discoveries, from a fossil museum to what Yankee Magazine calls the best farm to table restaurant in the state. Plus, who did Oprah Winfrey call when she wanted to have a yard sale? We found out.
Route 62 begins, or ends, in the central Massachusetts town of Barre. The other “end” is in Beverly by Mackerel Cove. This is not a route most would think of traveling from end to end but we did. The result…some fascinating finds.
Dr. Allan Russell
Tranquil and alert is Barre’s motto. The town is named for Colonel Isaac Barre author of the phrase “sons of liberty.”
Barre Historical Society
The pristine town of Princeton is known mostly for Mount Wachusett but venture slightly south of 62 and there’s fine dining to be had.
David Gibbs, Curator of the Sterling Historical Society
In Clinton remnants of a bustling mill town share the landscape with the tranquil beauty of Wachusett Reservoir. The dam built here 100 years ago created what was Boston’s sole water supply until the Quabbin came on line in the 1930’s. The reservoir is first and foremost a source of drinking water but it’s a great spot for fishing.
Also in Clinton, a much welcomed comeback for a local landmark…the Strand Theatre.
Berlin is picture perfect and agricultural. Tom Corbett and Ryan MacKay were just
21 when they started Lilac Hedge Farm. They raise grass fed beef, lamb, goat as well
as pastured pork and poultry that they sell through a meat CSA and at farmers markets.
Route 62 passes through Maynard named for the man who built a complex of mills
and turned the town into the largest per capita wool producer in the world. Today
it is Clock tower place named for the local icon that has stood watch since 1892.
It remains one of, if not the only mechanically wound clock in the country.
In Concord, Route 62 and Main Street are one. At Monument Square where roads diverge, 62 continues past Sleepy Hollow Cemetery the final resting place of many famous Concordians.
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Mention the town of Middleton and two words spring to mind…ice…cream. Ice cream is fun but the focus is the farm that dates back to 1690.
Richardson’s Ice Cream
We end our tour of 62 in Beverly, the most urban spot on the route. Here…a hidden gem. Make that many gems.
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