Phillipston Fire Tower
US 621, MA 32
April 2016 photo by Jack Kelley

April 2016 photo by Jack Kelley

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 621, MA 32 (view other lookouts in United States, Massachusetts)
Date Registered December 15, 2004
Nominated by Henry Isenberg
Location Town of Phillipston
Worcester County, Massachusetts
Coordinates N 42° 32.666' W 072° 10.316' (view using Google Maps)
N 42° 32' 40" W 072° 10' 19"
N 42.544440° W 072.171940°
Elevation 1,348 ft (411 m)
Built 1939
Administered by Mass. Bureau of Forest Fire Control
Cooperators Mass. Bureau of Forest Fire Control, District 8


The first Phillipston Fire Tower was a 68’ iron tower opened in 1928 on land owned by the Harvard University forestry program. It too fell a casualty of the 1938 hurricane. A temporary wood tower was erected while the present 68’ steel tower with 10x’10’ wooden cab was constructed in 1939. The current tower is featured in the famed forest dioramas at Harvard University's Fischer Museum.


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Visit Reports

April 24, 2016: Jack Kelley


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? No Response
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? No Response
Comments: The tower seems to be completely automated, as on red flag days it is not staffed but has a lot of monitoring equipment on it. The paint is chipped in many places and the wood looks as if it is feeling the full effects of nature.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes
Other enroachments? There is a lot of equipment on and around the tower, possibly meaning it is automated. There is a locked chainlink fence surrounding the tower.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? The tower's location is listed on trail maps for the Harvard forest.


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No Response