The Monastery: St. Joseph Abbey is a Trappist monastery located in Spencer, MA, just off Rt. 31 at coordinates 42.298619, -72.012241. The grounds are an extraordinarily peaceful place to stop, stretch and perhaps relax for a bit. If visiting the chapel is something you'd like, there's that also. The monastery is an especially attractive stopping point in the spring. The grounds, which are far more extensive than shown, are bounded by well-kept fields. More to follow.