by Jeanné Chesanow, Gail Collins, and Sigrun Gadwa When in 1970 the Land Trust acquired its first piece of land, Lee was one of the first to explore the property. The formerly Helen Russell land is high on the West Ridge – adjacent to the Blue Trail on the ridgetop. At that time there was […]
Environment and Natural Resources
Murphy’s Pond by Tom Murphy
Murphy’s Pond When I was young enough to believe in Santa Claus, I lived in the little house on Mixville Road. As I grew up I began to realize that we lived on a large piece of real estate, some 90-odd acres. There was a pond that they tell me was about 16 acres. Standing […]
Indian Hemp Dogbane: A Local Plant With an Interesting History by Eric Nelson
Indian Hemp Dogbane (Apocynum cannibinum) is a plant species found in Cheshire that was used by Native Americans as medicine and as material for making thread, twine and rope. A. cannibinum is a native perennial 3-5 feet tall with paired oval to lance-shaped leaves 2-4 inches long and with terminal greenish-white 5-lobed bell-shaped flowers. Its long narrow […]
Lock 12 Historical Park
Cheshire’s Lock 12 along the Farmington Canal. This is one of the few restored locks on the Canal, which was in existence from 1828-1848. The Canal ran from New Haven, Connecticut to Northampton, Massachusetts.