HINCKLEY — A celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Dartmouth Trail is set for Saturday, Sept. 19, on the campus of Good Will-Hinckley, on U.S. Route 201. Event organizers hope to have 100 people come walk the trail and sign the trail guest book between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for the 100 Years, 100 Hikers event. The hundredth hiker will win a prize, according to a news release from L.C. Bates Museum.

There will be scavenger hunts, a guided walk at 1 p.m. and trail maps. At the museum participants can learn the history of the trails at Good Will-Hinckley. Those who take a selfie on the trails, can tag us and post it to our facebook.

According to the release, the field stone Dartmouth Trail entrance has marble plaques that read 1915 and “Dartmouth Outing Club.” The idea for this trail was developed by Ray Toby, a Good Will teacher and Dartmouth alumni. The trail starts behind the L.C. Bates Museum and leads to a high point of ground where participants can find a monument to Adirondack Murray, an early outdoors enthusiast and writer who influenced G.H. Hinckley’s philosophy for caring for the children at Good Will. The field stone “Murray Tablets” monument was made to look like an early pulpit and has a small stairway to its top.

When the tail entrance was built the area was clear and farm land just changed back to forest. Now the trail runs through wooded areas including the avenue of Red Pines. The trail is nine tenths of a mile. Participants can walk part of the Dartmouth Trail or go on other trails for a longer walk in the Good Will woods.

Also planned is a reception for the artists in the “Focusing on Natural History” photography exhibition. The reception is set for 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19.

Later that evening, “International Observe the Moon Night” is set for 7-9 p.m. Participants can look through the museum telescopes to see the moon. There will be telescopes. Indoor activities that explore the moon’s phases are also planned.

For more information, call 238-4250 or email [email protected].

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