On May 2, 2023, a 4:30 PM, Maynard's newest park will be dedicated. The event is planned to coincide with peak daffodil blooming, as thousands of daffodils were planted there, starting fall of 2018. The site is on the Assabet River Rail Trail, across Route 27 from Christmas Motors.
Below, parts taken from a 2019 newspaper column about the site
As for this site’s history, start with a witch trial. In 1692, Joseph Marble, resident of Andover, Massachusetts, posted bond for his two nieces, accused of witchcraft. Abigail Faulkner, their mother, had already been convicted of witchcraft and sentenced to be hanged. Her execution was deferred because she was pregnant. By the spring of 1693 the witch hunt frenzy was over. Abigail was pardoned, her daughters never brought to trial.
|Maynard Historic Society photo of the house |
with barns in the background
The family line at the homestead was as follows: Joseph
Marble, then his son John, John’s son John, and that John’s son, John. (Whew!)
John-the-last is buried in Glendale cemetery with his wife Lois. Their daughter
Sarah Marble married Daniel Whitney and they inherited the house. Their
daughter Mary Whitney married Joel Parmenter. Mary and Joel lived in Sudbury
until Daniel Whitney died in 1871, then back to the homestead, making it the
Parmenter house until Joel died in 1919. Mary’s and Joel’s son Harry owned only
half of the house and none of the farm at the time the house burned to the
ground in 1924. The house was never rebuilt and the barns (spared by the fire) are
long gone. The land is owned by the town of
A few highlights: The original immigrants John and Judith
Marble, John and Elinor Whitney and John and Briget Parmenter, all arrived in
New England in the 1630’s as part of the Puritan Great Migration. Joseph’s
“witch” sister-in-law gave birth to Ammi Ruhamah Faulkner in 1693. His name was
derived from Hebrew and translates as “my people have been saved” – apt for a
child whose pregnancy saved his mother’s life! Around 1740 Ammi moved to
|Maynard Boy Scout Troop #130 at site|
Marble Farm was the topic of a presentation to the Maynard Historical Society in 2009. In attendance were two descendants of Joseph Marble! Charles Marble was a descendent of John, one of Joseph’s sons. Sally Wadman, maiden name Chandler descended from one of Joseph’s other sons – Edmund – who had married Mary Jewell in August 1711.Their daughter Dorothy married Moses Chandler in 1742, and through their son, Samuel Chandler, reached down through eight more generations to Sally. Chandler is another New England name dating its arrival to the early 1600’s, in this case to a William Chandler who arrived around 1637. Thus, through Sally’s genealogical research she was able to connect with her Marble, Jewell and Chandler ancestors who all arrived within 20 years of the Mayflower.
After the Scout effort the site reverted to wilderness, overgrown with Oriental bittersweet, sumac, blackberry and Japanese knotweed. Dead trees fell or were threatening. Starting in 2018, volunteers cleared a portion between the foundation and the rail trail this summer past and planted grass. In October of that year, more than 1,000 daffodils were planted. This was the first step toward converting Maynard’s portion of the Assabet River Rail Trail into a “Trail of Flowers.” The project continued in 2019 with more daffodils. A web site, www.trailofflowers.com, was launched.
|Initial drawing submitted to CPC in 2020|
|Dedication event, May 2, 2023|