The Knob Quissett Harbor
October 1, 2009
I took an hour out of my day on a late October afternoon and drove to Quissett Harbor for walk out to the Knob.
The sky was mostly overcast on this afternoon. The temperature was 57 degrees with a light breeze. The tide was drifting in with several feet yet to rise.
The Quissett Harbor House stands at the entrance to the Knob. According to Quissett Harbor Land Trust, “In 1975, the Quissett Harbor House closed its doors for the last time, truly the end of an era. But, largely due to the generosity of Cornelia Carey, Helen Carey, other members of the Carey family and the work of individuals like Lewis W. Francis, Jr., Quissett did not go the way of developers, as did so many old summer resorts. Cornelia Carey left the outer part of the Knob property to Salt Pond Area Bird Sanctuaries, Inc. as a nature preserve, open for public access. The Carey family made possible the purchase of the central portion of the hotel property by the Quissett Harbor House Land Trust, thus preserving the social core of the old summer community and the historic buildings.”
At one time a salt works stood operated at Quissett harbor. A shipbuilding company was formed there in 1802. Deacon Thomas Fish served as its first agent for a period of 10 years until the War of 1812.
Stone steps leading along the beginning of the Main Trail to the Knob.
The Main Trail is easy and wide.
After a short walk of about five minutes the Knob comes into view.
Stairs climb down the side of the Main Trail onto Crescent Beach.
Stone steps lead the way up to the top of the Knob.
A memorial bench at the top of the Knob dedicated to Cornelia Carey.
I sat on the bench with the Knob to myself and had a snack.
It was quiet and the cool breeze felt very refreshing with wide views in all directions.
The Elizabeth Islands lie off Woods Hole to the South beyond Gansett Point.
Coming down from the Knob a stairway leads down to the rocky beach below. I took this trail so as to complete my circular trip around the point.
The beach is easier walking that it appears. Jumping from rock to rock it’s a quick trip.
Once around the corner of the rocky beach a large rock sits in the middle of the beach. At this rock a trail re-enters the point connecting with a web of interior trails. This area is known as Fisherman’s Beach.
The trail along the western side of the point is named the Harbor Cliff Trail. It is easy walking, however, not quite as wide as the Main Trail.
I came across this memorial stone on one of the inner trails.
With views from the Harbor Cliff Trail overlooking Quissett Inner Harbor the beach below changes from rocks to sand.
The Harbor Cliff Trail ends with a set of stairs back at the beginning of the Main Trail completing the loop.
On this afternoon my walk took me 50 minutes. With a 10 minute break at the Knob to enjoy the view, it was a pleasant afternoon in a beautiful area, which I had all to myself.
Sunsets from the Knob are a great way to end the day.
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