Monday, August 22, 2011

Madame Sherrie's Forest

Hidden in the very Southwest corner of the Monadnock region is one of the area's "wicked" cool secrets...Madame Sherrie's Forest.  From what we have read, Madame Sherrie was an eccentric French costume designer who built her home (some would call it a castle) in the woods of Chesterfield where she would host extravagant parties.

The majority of the home was destroyed by fire in the 1960s but the exterior spiral staircase that led to a second floor balcony remains as well as an interior chimney and some other stonework.  Trust's cool!
The state forest is more than just the ruins, among the 488 acres is a 2+ mile trail Ann Stokes trail that leads to some fabulous views of Indian Pond and East Hill.  Of course there are also a few geocaches to add to the enjoyment of the hike :)

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