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Keystone Arches Web Site.

The Arches were named to the new '1000 Great Places in MA' visitor's bureau list. 

Out of 12,000 nominations.





The Chester Foundation is offering a series of affordably priced limited and open edition watercolor prints by renowned artist, Steve Hamlin of Huntington of the magnificent Keystone Arches of Chester, Middlefield and Becket.  A portion of each sale is being generously donated by Hamlin to the Foundation for the upkeep of the Chester Railway Station on Prospect St. in Chester.

Call 413.354.7878 for more information.

Painting 1

Painting 2

Painting 3

Western Mass Climbing Coalition donating their time to clear invasive and damaging vegetation from the western face of the big Arch.  They will be returning in the spring to do the other side and both sides of the 65' Arch.  Anyone interested in working helping to remove and pile the brush they cut will be very welcome. 

Western Mass Climbing Coalition (WMCC)

Contact Meredyth Babcock at: 413.623.2070


Email: volunteer@wildscenicwestfieldriver.org


Friends of the Keystone Arches, Inc. is announcing they have gotten permission from MA Dept. of Fisheries & Wildlife to build a short trail along Walker Brook in Chester on the JJ Kelly Conservation Area.  It will follow about a mile of roadbed of the Chester & Becket Railroad a one-time granite hauler, past a wooden trestle and remnants of the Hampden Emery Plant to a nice overlook of the brook atop a granite bridge abutment.

The Chester & Becket Trail and the Keystone Arch Bridges Trail will be the only two formal trails on DFW land in the Western District.  Trails are usually the province of the Dept. of Conservation & Recreation.  The success of the Arch Trail weighed favorably in the decision.  The trail is in the early developmental stage, but itís never too early to hear from interested volunteers.  Please visit: www.KeystoneArches.org   write:  P O Box 276, Huntington, MA 01050 or call:  (413) 354-7752.               

Here members of the Friends, volunteers and faculty from Putnam Vocational H.S. clear the trail.
The trail is dedicated to Jim O'Brien, former teacher at Putnam.