In the 1850s the adjoining farms of Herman Melville and Sarah Morewood covered just over 400 acres of woods and fields. When he bought his land, Melville announced that one of his first projects would be to clear a road through the woods behind his house. The best he was able to manage over the next few months was a rough path. It ran straight to Sarah Morewood's house. Though much has changed on the land over the last 165 years, the modern view above of a trail near the Morewood lake gives a good idea of the way things would have appeared in Melville's time.