The Knox Trail marker in Blandford, Massachusetts stands at the center of a collection of monuments located on a triangle-shaped splash of grass at intersection of Route 23 and North Blandford road. In front of the town garage, at the base of a set of flagpoles, Knox is flanked by monuments dedicated to the Civil War, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. The last two being labeled as a "conflict" and "the period," respectively. After perusing the garage parking lot for signs of life I moved a couple hundred feet down the road to the Town Offices and Post Office. Both were closed. Anticipating lunch in Westfield I decided to leave Blanford for Russell.
"No, General Henry Knox never lived here," was not an answer Richard Hansen, a long time employee of the local Strathmore Paper, anticipated giving when he named his bed & breakfast in Russell, General Knox House. Nevertheless it is one he gives regularly. Hansen's establishment is just a stone's throw southeast of the Knox Trail marker in Russell. It stands at the intersection of Gen. Knox Rd. and S. Quarter Rd. As Richard informed me, this is not the marker's original placement. It was moved from a spot on Route 20 during activities leading up the state wide Knox Trial re-enactment of 1976. Mr. Hansen was a member of the committee that relocated the marker to its present location, the site of a former schoolhouse in the formerly separate township of Woronoco.