Freetown-Fall River State Forest

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  • The Freetown-Fall River State Forest is a publicly owned forest covering more than in the city of Fall River and the towns of Freetown and Lakeville in the state of Massachusetts. The forest lies mostly in the center of the town of Freetown dividing Assonet, East Freetown, and Fall River’s northern most boundary. The forest land includes Profile Rock, a granite outcropping which local Native Americans believe to be the image of Chief Massasoit, and a 227acre Wampanoag reservation. The forest is owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and operated by the Department of Conservation and Recreation with headquarters in Assonet.HistoryThe state first acquired land in Assonet for forest purposes in 1913, purchasing approximately nine acres on Forge Pond from Levi Churchill of Berkley. The majority of the land was acquired over twenty years beginning in the 1930s. The Civilian Conservation Corps worked on the property from 1935 to 1937. A statue was dedicated in honor of the program and its efforts in the forest in September, 2002.

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