Milford Daily News - 1958

    The foundation of the Madden house (more about that in the Hopper
    article below) in the pictures above is just a few hundred yards west
    of the Hopedale/Milford town line marker on Route 140 at the point
    where the Mill River goes under the road.

    Route 140 near the beginning of Carpenter Road. Carpenter
    Road, now just a path, starts at about the middle-left of this picture.

    The newspaper article gives Upton Road as the address, but the
    foundation is actually several hundred yards away from there. The
    1939 Hopedale street listing book records Fred Merrill (62) and
    Delia Merrill (35) as living at Carpenter Road. At the bottom of this
    page you'll find an article on Carpenter Road and the Madden farm
    written by Gordon Hopper.

The beginning of the path, just off of Route 140.

    The bridge crosses a stream that flows into the Mill
    River about a hundred yards to the left. The next five
    pictures show the foundation of the Madden/Merrill
    house. The foundation is all that remains of the home
    that once stood near the eastern end of Carpenter Road.

    Much of Carpenter Road looks like what you see in this photo - a
    narrow trail lined with small white pines. Much of its length  also  
    has, as shown in the two pictures below, stone walls on both sides.

             Carpenter Road

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    Carpenter Road crosses the G&U tracks in the middle of this  picture. This
    area contains part of Upton State Forest. When I was in Scouts in the fifties,
    the troop would often come here for day hikes on Saturdays. Along with our
    scoutmaster, Lymie Draper, we'd come up through the Parklands and onto
    the tracks. When we reached Carpenter Road (I didn't know it had a name
    back then) we'd go off to the right a bit and into the woods, where we'd build
    fires to cook our lunch and then participate in other Scout activities.

Carpenter Road west of the railroad tracks.      

    A few hundred yards west of the tracks, the road
    crosses the pipeline. At that point, as shown by
    this picture, it becomes much more overgrown.

    A short distance after Carpenter Road crosses the pipeline, there are
    several stone foundations and a well on the right (west) side Possibly
    the McTague/Mead place mentioned in the Hopper article below. I'll
    see if I can find the map mentioned and figure it out. The pipe DJ is
    holding was in the well, sitting on the bottom and extended to the top.

    The main part of Upton State Forest is off of Westboro Road, but there are also two other parcels near
    Hopedale and Mendon, that are shown on this1953 USGS map. Part of Carpenter Road passes along the
    edge of the state forest, then along the Hopedale-Upton boundary, the Upton-Mendon line, and finally
    through a bit of Mendon to Saltbox Road..You can also see in this map that a little of the state forest
    extends into Hopedale.

    The Hopedale section of the state forest amounts to about five acres. (Thanks to Carol Whyte at the
    Hopedale Asessors' Office for that information.)

    The map shows Carpenter Road running generally south from the Route 140 to its end at Saltbox Road, a
    little to the right of center near the bottom. The Hopper article below says Carpenter Road goes close to
    Powers Road in Mendon and on to North Avenue. We saw a fork of the road leading toward Powers Road,
    but the map only shows the part that ends at Saltbox Road. Saltbox can be seen starting to the left of the H
    in HOPE and ending near Trask Road (name not on this part of the map) near Muddy Brook.

Boundary stone where Hopedale, Upton and Mendon meet.

    Google Earth view of the area. Carpenter Road is in yellow. My son, DJ, with his
    GPS, came along with me and put the trail mark and the waypoints on here.
    The Madden foundation is at 008, Carpenter Road crosses the pipeline near
    the 009 point., near the well and the  other foundation, and the three-town
    boundary stone is at 010. Hopedale Pond is at the lower right. The G&U tracks
    can be seen coming up from the lower right, curving through the middle and
    going off to the left. The white lines are town boundaries, mainly between
    Hopedale and Upton, with a little of Mendon at the bottom.

    Google Earth profile of Carpenter Road. The low point, a little after entering at Route 140,
    was 272 feet above sea level. The high point, near the end of our walk was 539 feet.

    From Assessors' Report, 1886. Sylvester here, Sylvanus in
    the clipping to the right. Same guy, with one being a typo? I
    think so. In the 1898 town directory, there's a Sylvester
    Madden.