Yesterday I noticed that Vernon Packard from West Gardiner called. Vernon owns the property where Merrill's Park, also known as Meadow Park, was located. Merrill's Park was a trotting park that dates back to the early 1900's and perhaps the late 1800's. We had walked the property twice before trying to find the cement posts that once held the grandstand. Last year even with GPS coordinates we could not locate the cement footings. However, a woman walking her dog found the location and told Vernon of her discovery. Vernon
gave her some surveyor's tape. She returned to the area and marked the location. We measured the distance between footings. The grandstand was approximately 50 feet in length with a depth of 30 feet. Peter Stoyell, who helped me search for the footings last year, joined us for the walk and help with the measurements between the footings. Appreciation is extended to Vernon Packard for helping us with our research.
I browsed the Internet to find the lyrics to the song,, "The Old Grey Mare." From what I had read, Lady Suffolk was the inspiration for the song. The Old Grey Mares website tells a slightly different story.
Today Dana DeVos and I made a trip to Hatch Hill in
Augusta. Along the way, we passed by the property
once owned by George Robinson and a trotting park
known as Central Park. This slideshow provides
images of the lay of the land. The land still reveals one
of Central Park's turns. From today's walk of the land
it appears that the length of the half-mile track ran
along Route 105 -- a road once know as the South