Kent Historical Society
Housatonic Heritage Hike
EXPLORE THE NEWLY CREATED HISTORIC EAST KENT HAMLET PRESERVE
The Kent Historical Society and the Kent Land Trust will once again collaborate on a program that will get people out hiking. The two organizations are offering a hike as part of the Heritage Hikes in the Berkshires and Litchfield County this fall.
The hike on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 9:30 a.m. will be through the Land Trust’s East Kent Hamlet Nature Preserve. Once part of the hamlet of East Kent, the preserve was the site of Kent’s earliest industrial endeavors including its first iron forge, grist and saw mills, a gentleman’s farm, and a dam dating back to the late 1700’s. In the early 1900’s, the property also housed travelers looking to escape suburban areas to experience clean air, deep woods and go fishing.
KHS Curator Marge Smith will lead the group through forest trails and participants will learn about the significance of the various historical sites on the property and how they impacted the development of Northwest Connecticut over the centuries.
The Heritage Hikes are an activity of the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area. This shared regional heritage has been recognized by the federal government, one of only 49 in the country. The Upper Housatonic Valley ranges from Kent to Lanesborough, Mass., and encompasses 964 square miles of the upper Housatonic River watershed.
There are 20 different walks planned over the Oct. 3 – 4th weekend that include walking tours of towns and historical buildings, nature and birding walks, tours of industrial site ruins, and even a canoe/kayak trip on the river. The Housatonic Heritage Walks are a partnership of the numerous heritage organizations in the Upper Housatonic River Valley, the Berkshire Visitors Bureau, and the National Park Service. For more info, see www.heritage-hikes.org/
Registration is required for the East Kent Hamlet hike. Call 860-927-4587, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.kenthistoricalsociety.org.
Participants are asked to wear sturdy footwear, bring bug spray and plan to walk 1.5 hours or 1 mile.
Directions to the preserve: from the center of Kent, drive east on Rt. 341 for 5.2 miles. Turn right on Kent Hollow Rd. and drive 0.3 mile to entrance on the left. Pull past the gate and drive on the dirt road for 1 mile and park in the grass parking area.