All photos by Rob MacDonald Hanson, MA rjmacdonald@gmail.com
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E. Phillips and Sons tack factory

E. Phillips and Sons tack factory

E. Phillips & Sons Tack Factory - State St Hanson. This was located at the Hanson entrance to the IHRT on State Street. The factory spanned the river and had buildings on both the Hanson and Hanover side.

Morning Light at Rocky Run
Feb 2023, sunrise at Rocky Run.   
State Street towards Myette's Store

This photo shows the old bridge crossing where State St Hanson crosses the Indian Head River.  The current bridge is just to west of the one shown here and its foundations are still visible at the site.  The building straight ahead at teh top of the hill is what now hoses Myettes Country Store in Hanover.  

The dam shown in this photo along with the one at Luddams Ford are the two dams on the Indian Head River that will be evaluated for removal in the next few years.   If completed, it would restore free flowing water and unencumbered fish migration all the way from mouth of the North River to the dam at Factory Pond in Hanson. 

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Aug 21, 2022. Very low water level in the Indian Head River at Rocky Run. This is looking west (upstream) with Rocky Run being on the left side of the photo.

Indian Head River - August 2022

Indian Head River - August 2022

Aug 21, 2022. Very low water level in the Indian Head River at Rocky Run. This is looking east (downstream) with Rocky Run being on the right side of the photo.

Rocky Run Stream Crossing

Early summer 2022, the Hanson Conservation Commission replaced an old obstructive, piled rock bridge across the Rocky Run stream close to were it merges into the Indian Head River. Inspired by the stepping stone water crossings often seen in Great Britain, this new ford allows free flow of water as it descends down Rocky Run onward to the Indian Head River. With this new configuration, open pathways now exist for passage, both up and down stream, for fish, amphibians, reptiles, and invertebrates. In addition, the sometime hazardous crossing conditions caused by overflowing blocked highwater and ice should be eliminated.

The following five photos show some before and after of the stream crossing.
Old Rocky Run Crossing

Old Rocky Run Crossing

This is the old crossing where the Indian Head River Trail passes over the Rocky Run stream. In 2022, the Town of Hanson Conservation Commission constructed a new crossing that no longer restricted waterflow and at the same time, greatly improved the "passability" for fish, amphibians, and other aquatic life.

Old Rocky Run Crossing

Old Rocky Run Crossing

Another view of the old Rocky Run stream crossing. Over many years, this rock crossing became clogged with mud, leaves, and roots. During periods of heavy rain or spring melts, water backed up and eventually overflowed the crossing making it very dangerous and slippery to cross.

After the Rocky Run crossing reconstruction.

After the Rocky Run crossing reconstruction.

The design selected by the Hanson Conservation Commission allows free flow of water and a much safer crossing for foot crossing. Note the clearly visible stream channel now visible above the crossing. In the many years I've been crossing over Rocky Run, I'd never seen the actual stream bed upstream from this crossing.

After
After
Rocky Run Stream

Rocky Run Stream

Rocky Run as it descends from Trout Pond just above the point where it enters the Indian Head River. The headwaters for this stream are sourced from the wetlands just to the north of Oldham Pond.

Wood Frog

Wood Frog

August 21, 2022. Wood frog along the bank of the Indian Head River at Rocky Run. These frogs have a wide-spread distribution from the mid Atlantic to the arctic region. Wood frogs are the only frogs that live north of the Arctic Circle and they are unique in that their body can completely freeze.

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At Rocky Run on the Indian Head River, Hanson
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At Rocky Run Hanson
Hemlock Stump at Rocky Run.
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At Rocky Run Conservation area in Hanson. Looking west (upstream) along the Indian Head River at the site of a former dam. June 2022.
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Another view of the former Indian Head River dam at Rocky Run conservation area Hanson. According to Wikipedia "In 1812, James Reed constructed a gristmill on the Hanson side of the river at its intersection with Rocky Run Brook, then built a dam across the Indian Head River for a tack and nail factory. " A long stretch of that dam is still in place and stretches from the base of the rocky outcrops to the edge of the river shown here on the right.
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Looking down stream along the Indian Head River from the Rocky Run dam.
Indian Head River in Hanson.
Seasonal fast flowing water as the Indian Head River passes under the State Street bridge in Hanson. This is just upstream from the Rocky run Conservation property.
Rocky Run Kiosk
New kiosk at the State Street entrance for the Indian Head River Trail. For the entire IHRT system, each kiosk's content was arrived at after collaboration with the respective towns and WIldlands Trust. Kiosk design and installation was done by Wildlands Trust.
Rocky Run Kiosk
Rocky Run Kiosk
Historical and current day information.
White Fringed Orchid
At Smith-Nawazelski. Listed on the Mass Wildlife NHESP  on their Plant Watch List (WL).  This list is an unofficial, non-regulatory list of plants of known or suspected conservation concern that NHESP is interested in tracking. 
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October 11, 2020 at Rocky Run Conservation area, Hanson MA. The old dam that crosses the Rocky run stream.
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Rocky Run Hanson

October 11, 2020 at Rocky Run in Hanson MA. Old stone bridge/dam crosses the Rocky Run stream.

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October 11, 2020 at Rocky Run in Hanson MA.
Outcrop at Rocky Run.
These outcrops at Rocky Run may be a rock type called Greywacke.
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Outcroppings at Rocky Run Hanson.
Outcroppings at Rocky Run Hanson.
Outcroppings at Rocky Run Hanson. Indian Head River in the background.
ALong the IHRT in Hanson.
Indian Head river at Rock Run.
Indian Head River (looking east) flowing towards the Rocky Run Conservation area in Hanson.
Moss sporophytes - Rocky Run Hanson

Starflower at Rocky Run Conservation area along side the Indian Head River

A common sight on the woodland floor is the Starflower.

Another easily found flower at Rocky Run is the Lady Slipper.
This is the low trail (looking west) along the Indian Head river as it passes by Rocky Run conservation area.
Colonial dam at Rocky Run.
Another view of the lower trail (looking east) at Rocky Run Conservation area, Hanson MA.
Rocky Run Ledges
Rising path from the river to the main connector trail that leads to westward to State Street Hanson or eastward to West Elm St (via Wildlands Trust Tucker Preserve) Pembroke.