HIKING THRU HISTORY: A GUIDED TOUR OF THE
INDUSTRIAL REMAINS AROUND THE HISTORIC SITE KNOWN AS “SMUT”
Monday, May 2nd
Walk, Talk, and Dinner Presented by the Historical Society of Glastonbury
This year’s Historical Society of Glastonbury’s “hike through history” will be an excursion to explore the industrial remains around the historic site known as “Smut.” On Monday, May 2nd, your guide and Glastonbury native, Dr. Brian
Chiffer will lead you on a hike that will begin at the old Hopewell Mill site on
Matson Hill Road and continue upstream along Roaring Brook to our destination. Along the way you will be crossing water at two points, the first at
Slab Gut Brook, a tributary of Roaring Brook, then Roaring Brook itself at “Flat Rock”.
Depending on conditions, the water may be high, making these two crossings more difficult. Participants should therefore wear hiking shoes that they won’t mind getting wet. Hiking poles are also strongly recommended, as wet moss-covered rocks can be extremely slippery. The route is not flat, with leaf-covered uphill and downhill stretches. Only hikers in good physical condition should consider this hike. At our destination we will explore the foundations of the mills that once existed there and view what is arguably the most beautiful and well-preserved historic dam on Roaring Brook. The tour will be approximately ninety minutes followed by an optional dinner at Olympic Pizza.
This former hub of woolen clothing manufacturing is a historic explorer’s delight. You’ll have a whole new appreciation for an area you already know and enjoy. Attendees will meet at 6:00 pm at the mill site on Matson Hill Road just past the Grange Pool going east. Reservations are required. The walk, talk, and pizza dinner is $20. Walk alone $10. Funds go toward the Historical Society of Glastonbury’s education and preservation programs. So reserve your spot (860.633.6890), get out your hiking shoes, and get ready to hike your way thru Glastonbury history.
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MAIN STREET GLASTONBURY WALKING TOUR
Saturday, September 26th 2015
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Start at The Museum on the Green
To benefit the Education & Preservation Programs of the Historical Society of Glastonbury
Glastonbury boasts the nation’s 2nd largest inventory of 18th century homes and buildings with Main Street having the greatest concentration. On Saturday, September 26, from 1:00pm – 2:30pm, you’ll have the opportunity to stop, admire, and learn the social and architectural history of many of the historic homes on the street. The round-trip walk will start at the Museum on the Green and go as far as School Street. It features four Town Hall buildings (former and present) and you will learn about the people who lived along Main Street. Hear the tale of Benton’s Folly, see “the house that turned the corner”, and find out what happens when two men build a house and don’t plan ahead. This guided walking tour is one of the best ways to take in the history and beauty the area has to offer!
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Museum on the Green. An informative guide (Main Street A Self-Guided Tour by HSG member Henry VonWodtke) can be purchased for $5. Reservations are recommended and can be made by visiting the Museum on the Green during normal operating hours, by calling 860.633.6890 or by visiting www.hsgct.org. The Museum will open the day of the Walking Tour for ticket sales from noon to 1:00pm.
Funds raised (from ticket sales) will support the mission of HSG to educate through the preservation and promotion of Glastonbury’s extraordinary historical legacy. In addition to owning, maintaining and operating multiple historic properties, HSG sponsors numerous public events; publishes books, brochures and news articles; and maintains an exceptional research library. Glastonbury fifth graders visit HSG twice a year for experiences integrated into their Social Studies curriculum. As a non-profit, HSG funds these activities solely by the support of members, business sponsors, foundations, donations, grants, and fund-raisers such as the Main Street Walking Tour.