Category Archives: About Litchfield County

Bored? Want to find something very fun and cool to do?

One of “those days”. You want to find something different to do in Connecticut and  you just can’t find it.

Whadday mean there's nothing to do?
Whadday mean there’s nothing to do?

After perusing the local papers, scouring the net, wracking your brain and you still can’t come up with something different, I think I have some inspiration for you!

I ran across what I think is one of the coolest blogs I have seen in a long, long time. A guy named Steve goes all over Connecticut and shares his adventures with us. Some of you may have seen him on TV or the news, or even read about him. But he was new to me. His blog is called Connecticut Museum Quest.

A museum blog?

Well, not really, not only. It is so much more than that! Steve goes way beyond the 4 wall traditional museum, he also hikes, drives, finds out of the way places we all might miss because we are just too busy to stop. I found the site so interesting, and it gave me a years worth of ideas. Places to go, things to learn about, even places to eat! And his style of writing is so enticing, I hope you actually stop reading and get out to explore a bit.

If anyone is complaining there is nothing to do, get some inspiration from Steve and his Connecticut Museum Quest. It’s not like Connecticut is so big you can’t take a day trip, expand your horizons a bit. And if you prefer to stay close to home I bet he has some cool stuff right around the corner from you!

One special blog all about Connecticut.

This truly is one of those blogs that is just so special you can’t miss it. I had a great time reading and learning and will be passing this on to many people. Steve is an amazing ambassador for Connecticut and he does have some pretty great suggestions on things to do. After all, it only takes 2 hours to drive across Connecticut, I am sure you will put a great day trip together after reading his posts!

Enjoy Connecticut!

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The Housatonic River in New Milford CT, Just For Fun!

IMGP6478 2_ 3__tonemappedI am afraid to say I have, at times in my tenure in New Milford, taken the Housatonic River for granted. Lately my thoughts have been consumed with the fact that today is the last day I have to drive over the bridge to get to my office. Suddenly it dawned on me that I won’t be driving over the river every day to get my office!

The Housatonic River begins its trek from the heart of the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts in two places. From Muddy Pond in Hinsdale, Ma and Pontoosuc Lake, located in Lanesborough and Pittsfield, MA. In my little neck of the woods the Housatonic River is fed by the East and West Aspetuck River (the East Aspetuck headway is Lake Waramaug). Candlewood Lake is fed by the Housatonic River at the Rocky River Power Plant on Route 7. A giant penstock carries the water up the hill and into Candlewood Lake. Driving by the penstock I do often wonder who thought to do that in the first place?!?

Map of the Houstaonic River Watershed.

Our area in New Milford was settled by the Weantinocks, a branch of the Paugussett Indian Nation, and the Pooatuck’s who left their mark forever with their lore of their mighty Chief Waramaug and his daugher Lillinonah. It is said they lived high above the gorge at Lovers Leap. And like any good native folk lore, his daughter plummeted to her death with her English lover. (really the story can’t be true, but it is a great one). It is said they summered at Lake Waramaug (hence the name). I guess they understood the beauty of the river and lake way back when as we still do. It is also said that Chief Waramaug had the biggest long house in New England built on the river, interesting. It was 100X20 feet, and was decorated by many famous native artists from tribes all over. Magnificent indeed! It was called Waramaug’s Palace. Some things just don’t change! Lake Waramaug is still a favorite summer destination with some magnificent homes dotting the landscape around the lake.

The native’s were mostly farmers and fishermen that lived on the Housatonic River.  In a history book by Samual Orcutt it is said the natives here were peaceful and helped the colonists as they moved here.  The natives called the river “usi-a-di-en-uk” which means “beyond the mountain place”. Over time the river has changed. Dams were added, Candlewood Lake was built, but the river remains a large part of our history. Much of southern New Milford along the riverbed was comprised of tobacco and dairy farms which gained their richness of soil from the Housatonic River.

These days the river is used by many for recreation. We see a resurgence of canoes and kayaks, I understand further north of New Milford there are some great white water rapids that many enjoy. There are plenty of hiking trails, even the Appalachian Trail runs along the Housatonic River in Kent at Bulls Bridge. (In my younger years I always wanted to hike the entire trail… dreams of youth I suppose. Although I have walked it just enough to say I was “on it” at Bulls Bridge.)

A drive from New Milford north up Route 7 is fantastic any time of year. The river is your companion along much of the trip, you can see fishermen, people riding bicycles,…..canoes and kayaks, there are wonderful shops and restaurants, and of course the covered bridges at Bulls Bridge and Cornwall Bridge. The trip is beautiful any time of year.

Today there are a variety of homes up and down the Housatonic River of all prices and sizes. Those that live on the Housatonic River get a daily dose of its beauty. The railroad does also follow the river, I hope someday they will bring the passenger railroad back, what a trip that would be! I know they are working on it.

Take a moment to enjoy the beauty of the Housatonic River. In Southern New Milford at the head of Lake Lillinonah you can hike through Lovers Leap State Park, I have gotten some fantastic photos of the river at the old mill on the river. It is said that Chief Waramaug is buried there in the hills above the gorge at Lovers Leap. (Sounds like a hike is in my future.) Perhaps the old Boardman Bridge will spark your imagination. There has been talk over the years of restoring this beautiful old bridge and I hope they will. You are no longer allowed on the bridge, but there is plenty of parking around to get out and enjoy the river views from the bridge area. Many times I stop at Addis Park on Grove Street, just to look at the Housatonic as it flows downstream to Lovers Leap.

What sparked my story of the Housatonic River? An email from an 86 year old woman who summered on one of the few islands of the Housatonic River asking me for more information about her beloved island. She shared a few precious memories of her time here, it was wonderful. I hope to get her some pictures soon and hear more of her stories. I do love history, sometimes we forget that our own local history can be just as exciting as the history of far away places.

The Housatonic River, a Litchfield County treasure!

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Litchfield County fall foliage colors of 2012

A few photos of the fall foliage show taken around Southern Litchfield County. This is a great year for leaf peeping, take a drive and see for yourself what makes this such a special place. There is nothing quite as breathtaking as the show we see everyday when leaf peeing season is upon us.

Please enjoy! Photos taken in New Milford, Kent and Washington, CT by Andrea Swiedler.

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Open House Sunday, 10/7 from 1-3pm, 6 Countryside Way, Warren CT

Join us this Sunday, October 7th, from 1-3 pm at 6 Countryside Way in Warren, CT. It is a beautiful weekend to be out, the leaves are in full color so you won’t be disappointed with the drive.

This Litchfield County home is set in the quiet town of Warren, CT. A wonderful refuge from a hectic life, a sophisticated colonial with all the extras. The pictures tell the story.

We are offering 6 Countyside Way in Warren, CT for your consideration at $425,000.

What a weekend for a drive through Litchfield County, you won’t be disappointed! The leaves are in full color, there is a fantastic time to be had just around the corner from 6 Countryside Lane at the Warren Fall Festival. If you have been wanting to discover what fall is like in Litchfield County, take a trip to Warren, CT to find out why we love it here.

Directions: Your GPS won’t get you to the house. It is located on Rt. 341 in Warren, just across from Anita Way. See the signs, see you there!

If you are planning on attending the Warren Fall Festival and the open house, see the map below, we are very close by!


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Open house Sunday 10/7 1-3pm, 48 Reservoir Rd, New Milford, CT

Join us for an open house at 48 Reservoir Rd in New Milford, CT this Sunday, October 7th, from 1-3 pm. A beautiful 3 bedroom colonial in a convenient location, minutes from downtown New Milford, in the quiet countryside.

Priced to sell at $305,000.

Directions: Take Second Hill Road at the corner of Elm and Rt. 67 to Reservoir Rd on the right. House is on the right, look for the Prudential Connecticut Realty open house signs!

 

Summer might be winding down, but there is still plenty to do in Litchfield County!

The beach at Lake Waramaug State ParkYou can see the tinge in the trees, the summer flowers are almost finished blooming, the fall flowers are beginning to show off their colors, the tomatoes on my plants are turning red. It is all proof that despite the hot, hot, hot temperatures we are experiencing, fall is on the way. But, there are still plenty of places to go to enjoy the rest of the summer!

Lake Waramaug State Park

You don’t have to live on the lake, or be a resident of Washington or Warren to enjoy Lake Waramaug!

Lake Waramaug is truly one of my favorite spots here. From the drive to Lake Waramaug through the Village of New Preston, to the drive around the lake to get to the state park, I just love it. Lake Waramaug is beautiful, it is like stepping back in time. There are campgrounds and the park provides a beautiful beach on Lake Waramaug.

Parking fees apply at the Lake Waramaug State Park on the weekends and holidays. $9.00 for CT residents and $15 for out of state people. During the week, parking is FREE! Camping fees are $17 a night for CT residents and $27 a night for non residents.

Tip, if you like to bike, bring your bicycles. A trip around the lake on a bike is a very popular thing to do, you won’t regret it. The road curves around the lake and is a bit on the narrow side, so do be careful.

I am thinking I need to make a trip up there myself with the grandkids, maybe tomorrow afternoon!

Macedonia Brook State Park

Located in Kent, CT, this is a fantastic place for hiking and camping. There are no parking fees, so a trip up to have a picnic, to take a hike, or just to sit and enjoy the cooler temps and the peace and quiet is free. I love Macedonia Brook State Park, when my girls were young I used to pack them up with a picnic lunch and drive up there. There are some fantastic views over the Catskills and Taconics.

Camping fees apply, check out the rates here for Macedonia Brook State Park, or any Connecticut Park.

Harrybrooke Park in New Milford, CT.

Harrybrooke Park is another one of my favorite places to go, and has been for years. Many of my summer memories with my daughters involve Harrybrooke Park. Free to the residents of New Milford, it is a great place to escape for a bit, a popular place to walk, ride bikes, roller blade, fish or just relax. Over the years the funds available have diminished, and the Friends of Harrybrooke Park are working tirelessly to restore the park to its grandeur. Despite the lack of funds, the park is still beautiful, and offers a cooler respite from the summer heat in a quite setting. If you need a place for a larger picnic or event, contact the park to reserve a pavilion or spot in the park.

Get out there and enjoy what is left of the summer in Litchfield County! There is plenty to do, places to go, things to learn about and see. I have trips planned to The Silo in New Milford, Lake Waramaug State Park, to March Farm in Bethlehem with the grandchildren, the last free concert on the Green in New Milford. And truth be told, all that cost me was the gas and $9.00 for the day at Lake Waramaug State Park.