Trails Day 2010

Today was National Trails Day and Connecticut Trails Day. We attended two events in Bolton. The first was at the William Hill house, an incredible 1670 salt-box that was moved from East Hartford in 1992. The house is located on the Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail. Hill, along with Thomas Hooker, was one of the founders of the Connecticut Colony. We toured the amazing house with its owners, Len and Betty Matyia, who painstakingly renovated it as a labor of love. Wow, what a house.

We were blown away by the historic detail in this dwelling. The couple is recognized as one of the top ten most knowledgable resources on historic homes in New England. The crazy thing is that it is less than a mile from our own home, which was built in 2005. We walked there via the Hop River Linear Park (Rail Trail) and Steele’s Crossing Road. The landscaping was immaculate and the little spring fed pond had bass, koi, and a big old turtle.

During the tour, we met a lovely man who pulled out a photo of himself from 1925 when he was nine months old. That is about two weeks older than our daughter is right now. He was so proud of his recent discovery of this photo and was clearly impressed with our little girl. It brought a huge smile to his face. He was at the tour with his daughter, proudly wearing a “Bolton Seniors” truckers cap. He then proceeded to tell us that his mother, at 107, was still alive. That made our day.

From there, we  went to the Bolton Heritage Farm (Rose Farm) for a “significant trees” walk with Matt “Twig” Largess, and members of the Bolton Conservation Commission.

Horst Engineering was a major supporter of Trails Day and we are recognized in the awesome brochure.

Connecticut prides itself on the fact that with 162 Trails Day events, we lead the nation. Even California, the largest state with a tremendous number of trails, has fewer than half the number of Trails Day events as our state. The Connecticut Forest & Park Association (which everyone should join!) deserves a huge amount of credit for coordinating Connecticut’s nation leading program.

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