Stephen C.L. Delano Memorial Forest - Rochester
Stephen C.L. Delano Memorial Forest is located in the east central portion of the town of Rochester. Not unlike so many towns in Southeastern Massachusetts, the town of Rochester is experiencing ever expanding development that threatens the rural landscape and biodiversity of this beautiful town. Farming once dominated the agricultural industry here as evidenced by old
farms and stone walls dotting the landscape. Although farming is still a way of life for many, cranberry bogs are becoming a common agricultural industry. Rochester still maintains its rural character today with scenic vistas of wide open spaces; meadows, woodlands, old cart paths, cranberry bogs, ponds and farmlands.
A memorial stone placed near a path in the northeast sector of this memorial forest bears the following inscription: “Stephen C. L. Delano, 1911-1983. This woodland was his.” Open cart paths and a gentle terrain make this an enjoyable preserve for a walk, especially for a family outing. A 2-mile loop trail wanders through the uplands and travels along the Sippican River, passing several interesting woodland swamps, which are also vernal pools. These shallow depressions support red maples, highbush blueberries, ferns, swamp azaleas and a variety of other species.