Spencer was once a popular stopping place for stagecoaches making the trip along the Old Boston Post Stage Route from Boston to Hartford. Tired passengers would stay for the night in Spencer before continuing on their journey. Even George Washington himself paid a visit in 1789! Today, Spencer has become a destination in its own right. 
Located 20 miles east of Worcester, Spencer is easily accessible from Route 9. For a more scenic route, take Route 31 from Paxton, which is especially beautiful in the fall. 
When you find yourself in Spencer, you’ll want to make a stop at St. Joseph’s Abbey. Set on gorgeous, pristine grounds, this peaceful monastery houses a community of Trappist monks who pass their time at the Abbey in prayer and contemplation. The monastery is open to the public to walk the grounds, visit the chapel, participate in the services, or stay for a retreat. On your way out, be sure to stop at the gift shop for delicious Trappist jams and some bottles of Spencer Trappist Ale. Made by the monks themselves, it’s the first and only certified Trappist beer made in the United States. 
Get yourself in the Christmas spirit any time of year at the Oakwood Christmas Barn, in operation for over 40 years. Head to the 160 year old barn to grab a mug of hot homemade cider while you wander through a gazebo full of vintage ornaments and browse the dazzling selection of Christmas trim. 
If you’re in search of a relaxing place to hike and enjoy wildlife - the Buck Hill Conservation Dam is the place to be. You can stroll around the pond for an easy 30 minute walk or grab a trail map and head into the woods for more extensive trails and a journey out to a waterfall.
Every September since 1889 the Spencer Fair has taken place in September. An agricultural fair with livestock exhibits, tractor pulls, demolition derby, rides and plenty of fair food; this fair promises fun for the whole family year after year.

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