1. The Litchfields

John and James Litchfield, the grandsons of Luther who lived at 282 Clapp Road next to the Litchfield trail, worked with Maxwell Conservation Trust and the Community Preservation Committee in 2006 to preserve 36 acres of their family woodland. This trail runs through that woodland. Luther farmed this field growing rhubarb and other crops for the Boston market place. Howard Mathews who now lives in Luther’s house had this to say: “The field next my house was a corn field when we moved here in 1964. It was leased by Penniman Hill Farms and there was a dirt track around the field where Bill Damon and other locals used to run their Jalopies, and on into the woods. The remains of the wrecks, or abandoned parts can be seen just off of the Litchfield trail, on my property, and further down the trail.” According to Mat, Litchfield is an important name in the West End, in fact, in all of Scituate. When Sparrell the undertaker wanted to run for County Coroner, he had to get 100 signatures on his nomination papers. He did. Every one was a Litchfield.

2. Certified Vernal Pool

This wetland area is a certified vernal pool which means it is core habitat for critters that can only procreate here, no other place. The critters have been coming back to this same pool every spring for hundreds of years to lay eggs and hatch their young. This pool is home to vernal pool species such as yellow spotted salamanders, four­ toed salamanders and wood frogs. On the first warm rainy night after the ice goes out, the chorusing and quacking of the wood frogs is deafening as they make their way to the pool to lay their eggs. These eggs must hatch, mature and grow to a stage where they can live outside of the pool in the woods before the pool dries up in June or July. This pool as well as others in the Bates Lane area are “Control Pools” for mandated MBTA environmental studies. The pools have been studied every spring through summer, each year since the train was put back into operation. The results are compared to results of the studies of the vernal pools around the train tracks. This effort serves to monitor the health of the train track pools.

3. Free Love Pasture

This pasture is named on all the old town maps as “Free Love Pasture”. The name has nothing to do with the 1960’s and Woodstock but Free Love is actually the name of a person. As you can imagine, a lot of jokes have been made about the history of this parcel.

4. Luther’s Pit

Now a vernal pool, “Luther’s Pit” was once a crystal clear swimming hole created when gravel was removed to build Route 3A. Many West­Enders remember spending hot summer days swimming at “Luther’s Pit” and cold Winter days skating there.

  1. 5.The West­End Indians Jalopy

The West-Enders always called their sports teams the Indians. The old jalopy (click for photos), photo in the link, was found under Gladys Bartlett’s barn after she passed from this life. If you stand real still, you may be able to hear Sarge Bartlett, Ray Litchfield, Bill Damon and the Cohen boys hooting and hollering driving through the woods onto this old path, in jalopies like this. This is what teenagers did in the 40’s and 50’s.

6. The Bates Lane ’T’

At one time Bates Lane went all the way to the Beechwood Ball Park area in Cohasset. It was never more than a cart path and probably used as a fire road. Esther Bates used to tell stories of riding in her horse and buggy along the lane to church and stopping to pick berries along the way.

7. Maxwell

Maxwell is the beloved, happy go lucky, golden retriever after which Wayne and Cynde Robbins named the Maxwell Conservation Trust. Maxwell Conservation Trust was started in 1998 and since then, has facilitated the permanent preservation of 325 additional open space acres. This brings the total preserved in the Bates Lane Conservation area to 425 acres—a great legacy for you and future generations to enjoy.

8. Teepee Rock

This area was inhabited by a Vietnam Veteran in the 1960’s who made his home in a teepee on top of this ledge.

9. Piggery

On the other side of this ravine, there was a piggery. We can all be very happy it is not still there, as it was very odoriferous!

10. Stream

This stream flows into Bound Brook which meanders through North Scituate, through the pond at Lincoln Mill and eventually empties into the Gulf River. Currently there are efforts being made to re­establish the herring run on these waterways.

11. Wheelwright Preserve

This land was once cleared pasture land where dairy cows grazed from Wheelwright Farm on Beechwood St. in Cohasset. Three parcels totaling 48 acres of Wheelwright land were a Maxwell Trust and CPC land acquisition project for open space preservation in 2010.

12. The Bridge

With gifted funds from her brothers, Paul, Peter, and Teddy, Penny Pipes orchestrated the building of The Bridge with Frank Snow, Howard Matthews and her very surprised brothers. The supplies for the bridge, which spans an area of glacial riprap rocks, were brought in by snowmobiles with sleds during the winter and the bridge was constructed in the spring. Penny brought the coffee.

13. Go­Cart Track at the T field

In the 1950’s, there was a dirt go­cart track on the T field so named because of the shape of the lot. This venture was organized by Ray Litchfield and Skipper Raymond and his friends and later paved in the 1960’s. Many young boys enjoyed racing their go­carts there.

14. Esther Bates and her buggy

Esther Bates lived on Clapp Road all her life near the Mt. Hope school. She was physically handicapped but loved horses and could ride and handle a buggy (click for photos). See the picture taken in the 1960’s is of Esther in her buggy with her pony Tanna on Clapp Rd. Her buggy was only a 2 seater but many West­End children once rode in the back of that buggy with her.  She used to take the buggy down this trail which is now the Carl Pipes Trail. She could go all the way to Mill Lane in Cohasset to visit her dear friend Maddy Stover at the “Red Ranch.” Esther was known for her chair caning and wood working abilities.

15. Carl Pipes

Carl Pipes was a Scituate dentist by profession and a lover of conservation and open space by nature. He served enthusiastically on various town boards, was committed to open space preservation and served on the Maxwell Trust Executive Committee.

16. Geocache

Go to Geocaching.com to find information on the geocache on this property called “Bridge the Gap.”

17. Bird Sanctuary

This fence surrounds the Hennessey Preserve and has been here since anyone can remember. The property has always been referred to as the “Bird Sanctuary.” Everyone knows, of course, that birds can not be confined by a 6 foot high fence so it is a bit of a mystery as to why it was so named.  Howard Mathews reports to us that he “asked Gene Cohen, whose father was Itchy Cohen of Itchy’s Corner (click for photos), about the naming of the " Bird Sanctuary" and he said this, “It seems that the people who owned the Hennessey property at that time were snobs, and they didn't get along with anyone and seemed to think that they were better than "those locals."  Anyway, Gene Cohen and his father were in the oil business and they wanted to build a holding tank on their property, nearby to Itchy's Corner. The "Snobs" raised a fuss and brought it to the Selectmen, with one of the complaints that, "It would disrupt the natural order of the birds in the area" or something like that. At the same time, the "snobs" were building a fence around their property, which was for no other reason, according to Gene, than to keep out the locals. From then on the locals always referred to the fenced in area as the "Bird Sanctuary."

18. Beagles

When the breeze blows just right, you may be able to hear Roger Damon of Clapp Road, the original “Swamp Yankee”, running his hunting beagles in these woods. His daughter Debbie tells stories of Sunday mornings in the woods with her father as their special time together. Mat tells of being in “Roj­uh’s” kitchen one day, and his beagles were resting up under the stove after a four­day chase in the woods. Their ears were all bloody from the briars and underbrush, and they were all worn out. I’d like someday to be as happy as they looked.Roj­uh fell in love with the local wild turkeys who knew he was looking out for them when he put up a “Turkey Crossing” sign.