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Rediscovering the Old Connecticut Path is an ongoing project. I hope that you will enjoy what you find today and come back again to follow our progress.
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Fall Along the Old Connecticut Path!!Autumn is a wonderful times to come home to New England. The new addition of Driving Tours provide a portal to quieter roads that link historic places along the Old Connecticut Path. Visitors to Massachusetts and Connecticut who would like to rediscover parts of the Old Connecticut Path for themselves will find that the tours lead through small towns, scenic vistas, historic sites, and forest greenways. The pace of travel is slower, allowing time to enjoy the beauty of the land. Links to places where you can get out and walk along the Old Connecticut Path are also provided for those who wish to get a taste of the world the early pioneers traveled through.
Click the OLD CONNECTICUT PATH DRIVING TOURS link to go directly to the driving tours web page.
UPCOMING EVENTS ALONG THE PATH
October 5, 2013: Old Connecticut Path across Ashford, CT presentation by Jason Newton sponsored by the Ashford Historical Society & Babcock Library. 12:00 PM at the Babcock Library, RT 44, Ashford, CT. VIDEO PRESENTATION NOW POSTED at Section 5.0: Programs & Resources
October 5 & 6: Waters Farm Days & Festival. 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The festival includes a variety of old time harvest fair activities while enjoying the spectacular landscape of Waters Farm during the peak foliage. Waters Farm is located on Waters Road in West Sutton, MA 01590.
October 10, 2013-March 19, 2014: Connecticut Historical Society photo exhibition "Through a Different Lens" displays an extraordinary collection of images of the people, landscape and architecture of Connecticut. Th exhibition includes "Old Connecticut Path crossing the Mount Hope River" in Ashford, CT. See the picture at Guide to the Old Connecticut Path web site . For more information about the Connecticut Historical Society exhibit and resources, visit their web site at http://www.chs.org/
October 19: Talcott Ravine Geology-History-Archeology Hike along the beautiful Tankerhoosen River and a section of the Old Connecticut Path on Saturday, October 19 at 1 p.m. Meet at the parking lot of the Talcottville Congregational Church at 10 Elm Hill Road in Talcottville (part of Vernon CT), for a three-mile hike to see the Talcottville Historic District, the Northern Connecticut Land Trust's Talcott Ravine, the Dobson Mills, and the Rail Trail. Speakers include UCONN geologist GARY ROBBINS and JON ROE. For more information about the Talcott Ravine Geology-History-Archeology Hike, visit http://www.tankerhoosen.info/news/upcoming_2013_2
October 20 (rain date October 26: Walktober hike along the Old Connecticut Path sponsored by the Ashford Conservation Commission and The Last Green Valley. 1:00 PM at Fenton-Ruby Park and Wildlife Preserve, at the jct. of Moose Meadow and Burma Roads in Willington, CT. This guided walk will be the story of the Old Connecticut Path combined with natural history of the wonderful landscape it traversed near the Willington-Ashford border. Led by Jason Newton, Gwen Halland and Charlotte Pyne. For more information see the Walktober program at http://www.tlgv.org/resources/walktober2013info.html
November 5: Old Connecticut Path presentation by Jason Newton sponsored by Quinebaug Valley Community College Learning Together in Retirement. 10:30 AM at Quinebaug Valley Community College, 742 Upper Maple Street • Danielson, CT 06239
March 19, 2014: Old Connecticut Path across Thompson presentation by Jason Newton sponsored by the Thompson (CT) Historical Society. 7:00 PM at the Thompson Public Library, North Grosvenordale, CT.
April 24, 2014: Old Connecticut Path across Ellington to Windsor at 7:00 PM sponsored by the Ellington (CT) Historical Society.
April 27, 2014: Old Connecticut Path across Ashland & Hopkinton (MA) presentation by Jason Newton sponsored by the Hopkinton & Ashland (MA) Historical Societies. 2:00 PM at the Hopkinton Historical Society.
ABOUT THE OLD CONNECTICUT PATH PROJECT
The project to rediscover the
Old Connecticut Path began as a family history project to find the route of the Old
Connecticut Path from Cambridge to Hartford followed by my ancestors, Reverend
Thomas Hooker and his family along with Reverend Roger Newton who married Mary
Hooker to begin the Newton family in America.
Reverend Thomas Hooker and his congregation set out on a journey from Cambridge, MA to Hartford, CT in May 1636 along what came to be known as the Old Connecticut Path. This group was among those who followed the trail west through the unsettled wilderness to build a new life in Connecticut. Later generations descended from them continued their forefathers' tradition of migration west across the country. The Old Connecticut Path served as one of the the first trails followed in the nation's westward expansion.
While the Old Connecticut Path served as the gateway west for almost a century, it has now largely vanished from view. In places, the Path is hidden in plain sight. In others, only dim traces remain. Over the course of 375 years, the journey of two weeks is now two hours. Our “need for speed” has contributed to the dimming almost to darkness of the Old Connecticut Path. That which is slower and obsolete, we discard and soon forget. Over the span of almost four centuries, new routes were found to make travel more “efficient”. Finding the Old Connecticut Path is an opportunity to slow down, reconnect and see genius anew.
Rediscovering the almost forgotten route of the Old Connecticut Path has required many hours over the past three years exploring the woods and forgotten byways along the way to find traces of the Path and to confirm markers described in histories.
You are invited to come along on the search to rediscover the Old Connecticut Path that has been guided by three questions:
1. Can the route of the Old Connecticut Path be reconnected all the way from Cambridge to Hartford?
2. After 375 years of human settlement and modern development, are there still wild places along the Path where it is possible to experience the wilderness as it might have been seen during the of the migration of the earliest travelers?
3. Are there artifacts left by the earliest travelers and settlers that mark their passage along the Path?
Answers to these questions along with the history of the Old Connecticut Path, the people and places along its route are shared with you within this site using pictures, video, historical maps and documents, and computer animation.
Why is it important to rediscover the Old Connecticut Path? Finding the Old Connecticut Path renews a connection with the Native peoples of Massachusetts and Connecticut who created the path and lived along its course for centuries. Finding the path connects us with the settlements and the people that took root along the path. Finding the path connects us to the families whose faith and vision of community and a better life lead them to take the first steps in our country’s westward expansion. Finding the path reveals the changes that man has made to the environment over 375 years. Finding the path provides us with opportunity to renew ourselves by getting outdoors to travel through time as we drive, walk, bicycle, and camp along the way. Finally, finding the path gives us the opportunity to preserve it for the enjoyment of future generations.
Rediscovering the Old Connecticut Path provides real treasures to be enjoyed in our time and worthy of preservation for future generations. For the multitude of descendants of those who first traveled west along the Old Connecticut Path, a gateway will be opened to allow you to walk in the footsteps of your ancestors.
Rediscovering the Old Connecticut Path is an ongoing project. I hope that you will enjoy exploring this site to see the progress made thus far, and that you will return from time to time to see future additions to the chronicle of the Old Connecticut Path.
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