This course meets three times; two for Zoom slide lectures on May 8 and May 15, followed by an optional hike on May 18 (May 19 rain date). The first week will introduce the geography of the Fairhaven area, partly in Concord and partly in Lincoln, along the east side of the Sudbury River. Participants will learn about its literary associations, centering on Thoreau, illustrated with maps and photos from Herbert W. Gleason and others. The second week will pick up chronologically from there, with the histories of Fairhaven House and the Robinson sisters; Burnham, the estate of Charles Francis Adams, Jr., and the Bauhaus structures, still in place, designed by architect Quincy Adams. Incorporated throughout will be the ecology of the area, especially the mammals that use this habitat today, illustrated with photos and videos. The third meeting will be an optional round trip hike to Fairhaven Cliff.
Ron McAdow is a former Executive Director of Sudbury Valley Trustees. His non-fiction books include The Concord, Sudbury, and Assabet Rivers: A Guide to Canoeing, Wildlife, and History, Imagining the Past at Mount Misery, Concord Village, and Emerson's Nature. His novels are Ike and The Grove of Hollow Trees.