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All are welcome to Land Trust events — fun, informative, and congenial hikes and walks on our conservation lands in the Greater Manchester area and an annual dinner meeting.
 

• Stickney Hill walk    Saturday, July 15 at 12:00 NOON -- Note Time!
StickneyCome for a hike to celebrate the new trail at this 15.9-acre property in Rockville. Meet at the eastern end of Pleasant Street (at the dead end). Park along the street. Land Trust board members will lead the walk, over steep terrain, to the high point. The event is free, and will be held rain or shine, but extreme weather cancels. Moderately paced with a steep hill and bumpy ground. Under a mile total, with some pauses to learn about the history and geology of the area. With volunteer work, trails are now in place with blazes to guide hikers. The locator map at right shows the oddly shaped property. Local historian Jon Roe said the area was inherited by businessman John Stickney in the mid-nineteenth century. Stickney owned the mill for which nearby Paper Mill Pond is named and built a house on an adjacent hill overlooking the Amerbelle complex. His daughter, Caroline Alathea Stickney Creevey, 1843-1920, wrote several popular books on botany, as well as “A Daughter of the Puritans,” an autobiography, available online through Google books, about her childhood in the area of Stickney Hill. Click Stickney Hill hike poster for more info.

• Cheney Railroad History Walk    Saturday, July 29 at 1:00 p.m.
SMRRDepotNrCheneyHall.c1900WEB.jpg South to North! NOTE LOCATION for beginning of this walk: Meet at the office steps, Fuss & O'Neill, 146 Hartford Road, Manchester. Hikers will trace the route of the former railroad, built in 1869 to connect the Cheney silk mills to the main rail line in the North End. At 2.5 miles, it was the shortest private freight-and-passenger railroad in the United States. We will start our hike in the South End, heading north toward Center Springs Park, where we will see the foot-bridge over Bigelow Brook. Some of the hike will be along roads overlooking the old railbed, and after we cross Center Street, the terrain may be a bit difficult and hilly. Depending on the weather, the hike may continue to Middle Turnpike or beyond, so could be up to 5 miles round trip. Extreme weather cancels. No dogs, please. FREE. 1900 photo at right shows the depot of the South Manchester Railroad, located at that time just to the east of Cheney Hall. The depot was moved farther north in 1910, and is no longer in existence.
Click here to see information about the history of the Cheney Railroad on the Manchester Historical Society's website. To enjoy the trail on your own, print a copy of this railroad map.


• Salter's Pond hike    Saturday, August 26 at 1:00 p.m.
SaltersOct2009Small.JPG Come for a FREE moderately paced one-mile scenic walk on the loop trail at Salter's Pond, starting at the parking lot of Salter's pool, Lydall St. (across from intersection of Lydall St. and Coleman Road), Manchester -- plenty of parking. Salter’s Pond got its name from Lorenzo T. Salter who, in partnership with Mr. Strong, founded the Salter and Strong paper mill, which became Lydall paper mill. Many North End residents learned to swim at Salter’s Pond before the town swimming pool was built. In the 1950s, cows grazed in the meadow of the farm across the pond. Our walk will include some historic commentary. The walk may be wet depending on the weather, and hikers should wear sturdy footwear. The route is not mountainous, but does have stairs, hills, and bumpy spots, where roots stick out, so participants need to be agile. No dogs, please. Takes about 1 hour. The pond and adjacent land is owned by the Manchester Land Conservation Trust. Questions may be directed to the Land Trust webmaster at info@manchesterlandtrust.org.
Click here for info about the Lydallville section of Manchester on the Manchester Historical Society's website.

• GIANT Tag Sale    Friday, September 22 to Saturday, September 30Tag Sale from 9:00 to 2:00.
At the former cider barn, 330 Bush Hill Road, Manchester (between Keeney Street and Hillstown Road). Fundraiser to benefit the Land Trust. LOADS OF books, toys, and mountains of holiday items and gifts, dishes, tablecloths, tools, music CDs, artwork, curiosities, furniture, machinery, household and sports items, near-antiques, glassware, and items both useful and decorative. Accepting donations (no clothes, no TVs, no computers, please) Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from August 5 to September 21 from 11 to 2 each day; there is a covered bin to the right of the barn (please open lower door and place items inside) or phone for other drop-off times: Terry at 860-643-1823 You can print a tag sale poster here. The Land Trust bought this 62-acre property with the help of grants from the State of Connecticut and the Town of Manchester; now we need to pay off the mortgage we needed to take out to match funds received from the grants! For a flyer with an aerial view of the farm and a summary of its significance in protecting open space, see Farm at Bush Hill Road.

• Farm walk    Saturday, September 23 at 1:00 p.m.
1945FarmCome for a hike at the Land Trust's 62-acre farm on Bush Hill Rd., Manchester, and Bell St., Glastonbury. Meet at the old cider barn, 330 Bush Hill Road, Manchester and join board members of the Land Trust for trek to see the Bush Hill high point, and out to the Glastonbury portion of the property, with its babbling brook. The event is free, and will be held rain or shine, but extreme weather cancels. Moderately paced with hills, bumps, and some wet spots. About two-and-a-half miles. The Botti family farmed this property starting about 1912 – growing apples, peaches, cherries, and blueberries as well as vegetables. With volunteer help, trails are now in place with blazes to guide hikers. No dogs, please. 1945 photo at right shows Louis and Emilio Botti working at the orchard. Click farm flyer for a map of the area, showing its connection to nearby open space.

• Talcottville walk    Saturday, October 14 at 1:00 p.m.
TalcottvilleGor.Small.jpg The Northern Connecticut Land Trust invites the public to a Talcottville walk featuring geology, history, and preserved open space land in the "Talcottville" section of Vernon along Route 83 and the Hockanum River. Meet in the parking lot at the Talcottville Congregational Church, 10 Elm Hill Road, Vernon, for a three-mile hike to see the Talcottville gorge, historic bridges and buildings, and the sites of former mills. Geologically, the walk will start out on the Portland Arkose, take us over the eastern border fault into the border fault deformed zone, then into the Glastonbury Gneiss, and sand and gravel deposits. Some of the terrain is steep and bumpy, so please wear sturdy sneakers or shoes, and be prepared for some wet spots. Speakers include geologist Gary Robbins, Susan Barlow, and Jon Roe, webmaster of the Tankerhoosan and Talcottville web sites: Tankerhoosen and Talcottville. Photo of the falls at the Talcottville Gorge by Jon Roe. The hike will be held rain or shine, but extreme weather cancels.
• Cheney Railroad History Walk    Saturday, October 28 at 1:00 p.m.
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Hikers will have an easy, fairly flat, walk along the former railroad, built in 1869 to connect the Cheney silk mills to the main rail line in the North End. At 2.5 miles, it was the shortest private freight-and-passenger railroad in the United States. We will hike at a moderate pace along the one-mile portion owned by the Manchester Land Conservation Trust and, depending on the weather, on to the bridge overlooking Center Springs Park, which will take about 2 hours round trip. Participants will hear about the history of the railroad and see maps and old pictures. Meet at the North End of Main Street in Manchester, on the north (right) side of Farr’s Sporting Goods, 2 Main Street, Manchester, CT 06042. Park at the nearby shopping plaza or Eighth Utilities District office building (please do not park in Farr's parking lot). A special favor will be given to children who attend the hike, co-sponsored by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association's Hike CT program, and open to all. We will hike if light rain -- bring an umbrella -- but extreme weather cancels. No dogs, please. FREE.
Click here to see information about the history of the Cheney Railroad on the Manchester Historical Society's website. To enjoy the trail on your own, print a copy of this railroad map.

 
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