Posted 11 January 2004 - 08:13 PM
the words kindness, work hard, etc. were placed long after dogtown was abandoned in the 1860's by the founder of Bentley College. He then owned the land and liked to walk the old paths leading to dogtown commons. He had the little messages carved to inspire those who went walking there. The name came from the witches, widows, and outcasts who lived there after folks took to fishing because farming on granite was a bit too tough. See, they would let packs of stray dogs run around to discourage people from going up there and bugging them. Now rumor has it that there are still sightings of stange dark dog-like animals up there. not by random hikers but usually by the locals who live around the perimeter. The locals pretty much all believe that dogtown is some weird juju, and you don't find them in there very often. it'susually folks not from Gloucester who hike and bike up there. I have hiked through there quite a few times and strangely enough I always feel strongly that I'm being watched. To the point that I have left the trail looking for whoever was staring at me in the woods several times and always come up empty. Dogtown is definately one of "those" places. luckily it is easy enough to get to from here in Salem when I feel like a nice creepy nature walk.