- Cumberland Monastery
- Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland, RI
- Trailhead: 41°56’5.96″N, 71°24’20.67″W
- Last Time Hiked: September 27, 2016
- Approximate distance hiked: 3.8 miles
- Easy with slight elevation.
For a half of a century this property was a religious site. It was the home of a Cistercian Monastery. Although most of the buildings are still here the property is now owned by the Town of Cumberland. The site is also includes the towns library and the oldest known veterans memorial in the United States. The memorial known as Nine Men’s Misery is the site where nine colonists were tortured to death by the Narragansett Indian tribe during the King Phillips War in 1676. They were later buried here by English soldiers and the memorial was built. The site is also sprawling with trails. I was joined by a few hiking club friends for this early foggy morning walk. We started the walk near a back parking lot towards Nine Men’s Misery. After stopping at the memorial we continued on the trail named after the memorial. After going through some fields we turned right onto the Monk’s Quarry Trail. We stopped briefly for a bit to examine the quarry site. One of the more interesting pieces here is a large stone cross laying in the woods. We then continued on the trail to its end. We then turned right onto the Whipple Loop Trail. We followed that for a bit and then started exploring some of the side trails that overlook an active quarry. We then did some wandering around follow trails on the extreme southern edge of the property before coming out to the Beauregard Loop. Here we turned right following the trail out to the library. We then followed the road back to the car.
Trail map can be found at: Monastery.