Questing (New Marlborough, Massachusetts)

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Coordinates: 42°07′19″N 73°15′06″W / 42.1219°N 73.2518°W / 42.1219; -73.2518
Questing
Open Space Preserve
Agricultural Preserve
Historic Site
Questing, New Marlborough MA.jpg
Questing
Country United States
State Massachusetts
Location New Marlborough, Massachusetts
 - coordinates 42°07′19″N 73°15′06″W / 42.1219°N 73.2518°W / 42.1219; -73.2518
Area 438 sq mi (1,134 km2)
Biome Farmland, northern hardwood forest,
vernal pools
Animal Monarch Butterfly, Dragonflies
Giant Green Darner
Founded 1996
Management The Trustees of Reservations
Area 438 acres (177 ha)
Location within Massachusetts
Website: Questing

Questing is a 438-acre (177 ha) open space preserve and colonial era historic site located in New Marlborough, Massachusetts within The Berkshires. The property, acquired in 1996 by the land conservation non-profit organization The Trustees of Reservations, is named for a mythical beast from Arthurian Mythology called the Questing Beast.

The reservation includes hiking trails, open meadows and hay fields, vernal pools, and streams. It is open to hiking, picnicking, cross country skiing, and hunting (in season). A trailhead is located on New Marlborough Hill Road in New Marlborough. Bikes, snowmobiles and motorized vehicles are prohibited.

History[edit]

Questing Reservation is on a hill where the first fort was built in the original New Marlborough settlement, and where the first non-native American children were born, the Brookins twins. The precise location of this site is no longer known. Later this site was also the location of the settlement of the Leffingwell family, abandoned in the Great Depression. The only remains of the Leffingwell farmstead are cellar holes and stone walls.

The property was acquired in 1992 and 1996 through land gifts by Robert A. Lehman and Richard W. Sellew.

References[edit]

  • Questing. The Trustees of Reservations. Retrieved December 28, 2008.

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