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Published: 07/28/2006    print this story   email this story  

Georgetown's acquired jewel: Camp Denison

By Harlyn Aizley

In order to preserve the historic features of a once inner-city camp and to provide the public with a high quality conservation and recreation facility, volunteers from Georgetown have spent hundreds of hours revitalizing Camp Denison. Interestingly, the first step in transforming the 36-acre campground was for the town of Georgetown to purchase 10 acres of the property from its neighbor Boxford. Though owned by Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses, Inc., Camp Denison was situated on land owned by both Georgetown and Boxford. In June 1997 Boxford's Board of Selectmen voted to approve Georgetown's purchase of the 10 acres of Camp Denison located in Boxford. In February 1998, Georgetown acquired the property from its original owners, Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses, Inc.

Today Camp Denison provides visitors with the opportunity for walking along nature trails, picnicking, bird watching, fishing, boating and camping. There also is a playground, shuffleboard, grill sites and a pavilion. Farm pastures and woodlands border the camp's entrance. During the growing season, grazing sheep can be seen close to the fence along the property. As you penetrate deeper into the forest the growth becomes dense until suddenly the forest opens up to tall magnificent pine trees. Further down the gravel drive you arrive at the Great Hall lodge and Baldpate Pond. The 66-acre pond affords the camp 790 feet of shoreline. Sorry no swimming allowed, but bring your canoe!

The camp is open to the public during daylight hours.

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