Freedom’s Way Connecting Communities Walk and Talk at Sarah Doublet Forest

No doubt, most of us are familiar with one of Littleton’s largest conservation areas, Sarah Doublet Forest. Its woodlands and trails are spread over 96 beautiful acres. But, how much do you really know about the rich history of this area?
Please read the following article to learn more.

Freedom’s Way Connecting Communities Walk and Talk at Sarah Doublet Forest
Featuring Quiet Storm, Nashobah Native American

On Saturday, Nov. 16, from 1 – 3 p.m., Freedom’s Way will host a Connecting Communities Walk and Talk at the Sarah Doublet Forest in Littleton, in honor and celebration of the Women’s Vote Centennial, Native Heritage Month, and women who have impacted America.

Littleton was originally the Praying Indian Village of Nashobah Plantation, a fourmile square of land. Nashobah—or more correct, Nashopee—means “between the waters” and it was the primary seat of Sagamore Tahattawan of the Massachusett Nation. Upon Tahattawan’s conversion to Christianity in the early 1650s, Nashobah Plantation came into being in 1654 with the aid of the Rev. John Eliot.

Tahattawan’s village is located at Speen’s End, the northern end of Fort Pond, so called for the fort the Nashobah tribe built to protect themselves from Mohawk raids. The adjacent Sarah Doublet Forest is part of the Village area and is also the heart of the ceremonial stone landscape.

Sarah Doublet (Wunnuhhew) was an Indian princess, the daughter of Sagamore-John, the Chief of the Wamesit Praying Village (Lowell/Chelmsford). She married Chief Tahattawan’s son John Tahattawan, who later became chief of the Nashobah tribe. Sadly, John passed away at an early age, and their young son was killed by renegade militia in Chelmsford during the English-Indian war of 1675-76. It is unknown if
Sarah was interred on Deer Island with the other Nashobah Praying Indians during the war; many died there of starvation and exposure. Unlike most of the Nashobah who relocated to Natick Praying Indian Village after the war, Sarah and her new husband Thomas Doublet (Nepanet) chose to stay in Nashobah with a few others, including James Speen.

Nashobah Plantation was sold to the English piecemeal over the years and became the English town of Nashoba in 1714, renamed Littleton in 1715. As part of the incorporation, the General Court ordered 500 acres in the southeast corner of town, to be called the Indian New Town, be set aside for the remaining Nashobah. When Sarah, purported to be the last of the Nashobah, passed away around 1736, this land went to her caretakers, the Jones brothers of Acton. The Sarah Doublet Forest is the only public land at the heart of the Village, and the Littleton Conservation Trust is its steward.

The good news is the Nashobah Indians are alive and well, and are still Praying Indians. We will be joined on our walk by Quiet Storm, the daughter of Chief Caring Hands, the Sagamore of the Nashobah-Natick-Ponkapoag Praying Indians. Quiet Storm is of the royal family and a descendant of Chief Tahattawan, and will talk about her Nashobah people and their Nashobah lands while we walk the spiritual heart of the old plantation together. She also has a family connection to Sarah Doublet herself through Chief Tahattawan and will speak about Sarah, as well.

The Sarah Doublet Forest Walk and Talk is cosponsored by the Littleton Conservation Trust and the Littleton Historical Society. Don MacIver, president of the Conservation Trust, will talk about Edith Jenkins and Fanny Knapp, the two women who graciously deeded the 96 acres of what we now call the Sarah Doublet Forest and Nature Reserve to the conservation land trust.

Daniel V. Boudillion, Littleton historian and author, will assist leading the Walk and Talk with Quiet Strom and Don. Dan’s work focuses on Native Nashobah history and early Littleton history, and he has made a special study of the Sarah Doublet Forest.

This is a unique event, an opportunity to walk the land with the tribal descendant of the original Native inhabitants, and talk with the daughter of their current chief about times past, the world today, and times to come.
This article was written by Dan Boudillion.

Please join us on November 16th in welcoming Quiet Storm on her ancestral land.

2019 Fall Newsletter

In this issue:

  • LCT and LHS spotlighted at Freedom’s Way Annual Meeting
  • LCT Annual Meeting Friday, 11/8/19 at Littleton High School
  • Progress at Nagog Hill Orchard at Nagog Pond
  • Upcoming Events
  • Littleton Little Town Tree Hunt Returns
  • Freedom’s Way Connecting Communities Walk and Talk at Sarah Doublet Forest
  • Ceremonial Stone Landscape at Sarah Doublet Forest
  • The Book Corner
    • Recipe From the Herbalist’s Corner
    • The Wildcrafted Cocktail: Make Your Own Foraged Syrups, Bitters, Infusions, and Garnishes

Download the 2019 Fall Newsletter

SVT’s Approach to Invasive Plant Management

Invasive species are the second greatest threat to biodiversity, second only to direct habitat destruction.

This SVT paper provides information on their general approach to invasive plant management and some specific details of the situation with invasive plants overrunning half the Smith property in Littleton and the potential approach to managing the invasive plants there. SVT has proposed indefinitely delaying the use of any chemicals at the Smith property until they can further investigate the claims and concerns of neighbors and residents.

Read the SVT Approach to Invasive Plant Management (PDF)

Garlic Mustard Update — time to bag it up

Garlic Mustard

From LCT Trustee and invasive species guru Rick Findlay:

Many thanks to all who have been helping our effort to control Garlic Mustard on conservation lands and throughout town. Plants are now setting seed and should be bagged after pulling. I have some blue bags specifically for this purpose that can eventually be dropped off at the transfer station. Anyone needing some can contact me.

I noticed something important with my work this year. I started early and thought that I had successfully cleared several areas only to discover, three weeks later, that there was a new crop up. They were small plants but setting seed, so it is important to go back and recheck areas that you have done.

Many thanks – Rick