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October 1, Sunday
3rd Annual Connecticut Archaeology Expo
Connecticut State Museum of Natural History & Connecticut Archaeology Center
Rome Ballroom, University of Connecticut, Storrs, 12:00-4:00 p.m.

Scientists, specialists and enthusiasts from all over the state will assemble for this one-day public event to share their fascinating research and preservation work with people of all ages. For more information click here.

Burying Ground Basics, Conservation Techniques, and Colonial Carvers- Seymour
Connecticut Gravestone Network
Guest Speaker: Ruth Shapleigh-Brown. Slide presentation. 1:00 p.m. Open to the public.
Seymour Historical Society, 59 West Street, Seymour, CT

October 5, Thursday
First Thursday: Exploring Coltsville Walking Tour-
Butler-McCook House & Garden, Hartford

Antiquarian & Landmarks Society
5:30 p.m.

Walking tour leaves from the Avery entrance at the Wadsworth Atheneum. A 1-1/2 hour guided walking tour of Coltsville. A&L members $8, Non-members $10. Reservations encouraged, 860-278-2670, ext. 3049.

October 6, Friday
Rails by the River - Willimantic
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends
11:00 a.m.

Get a background on how trains helped Willimantic's growth. Walk near the old railroad yard and look at the park development along the Willimantic River, and learn about the railroad museum and rail development in eastern Connecticut on this easy 1-hr. family stroll. Questions welcome! Optional museum tour follows. Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum. From Route 32 (Main Street) at Chamber of Commerce, go over railroad tracks; take immediate right up dirt road to museum entrance; park at lower gate. Wheelchair and stroller accessible; dogs on leash are welcome.

October 7, Saturday
Local History Fair 2006-Mashantucket Pequot Reservation
Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Talk to researchers and fellow history buffs at this special one-day History Fair and share ideas about the transforming events that shaped modern southeastern Connecticut and western Rhode Island. Meet Native author and food historian E. Barrie Kavasch who discusses her work and signs copies of her books in the Research Library from 2-3 pm. The Fair is in the Mashantucket Gallery and adjacent atrium area and is open to the public free of charge; please enter through the group entrance.

Participants include: Authors Norman F. Boas (author of various books on Stonington and Southeastern CT), Richard A. Radune (author of Pequot Plantation), Alicia Wayland (author of various works on Lebanon)

Organizations: Antiquarian & Landmarks Society, Colchester Historical Society, CT State Library, CT Historical Society/Office of State Archaeology, CT Historical Society Museum, Old State House, CT State Museum of Natural History/CT Archaeology Center, The Denison Society, Inc., Florence Griswold Museum, Fort Ticonderoga Association, The Guns of Norwich Historical Society, Inc., Godfrey Memorial Library, Griswold Historical Society, The Indian & Colonial Research Center, The Institute for American Indian Studies, Lebanon Historical Society (including Governor Trumbull House and Jonathan Trumbull Junior House Museum), Mashantucket Pequot Museum (Information Services), Mystic Seaport (Blunt Library), New London County Historical Society, Norwich Historical Society, Norwich People’s History Project, Old Saybrook Historical Society, Slater Memorial Museum, Stonington Historical Society, and Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum

The Quiet of the Still River - Eastford
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekend
8:00 a.m.

Retired teacher George Askew leads an easy, 1-hr. family walk on a nature trail along the Still River developed and maintained by local students. Learn about this feeder stream, two dam sites, a mature forest, student-built bridges, wildflowers, and invasive plants. Town of Eastford. From junction with Route 44, take Route 198 north 2 miles to stop sign at 5-way intersection. At Bowen's Garage (Ford), take left on Westford Road 1/4 mile, park in school lot on right. Dogs on leash are welcome.

Hunt Hill Farm Natural Area – New Milford
Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area
Annual "Take A Hike" Heritage Walks Weekend 2006
9:00 a.m.

In memory of Skitch Henderson, Ruth Henderson and the Hunt Hill Farm Trust invite you to Hunt Hill Farm – the heart of two historic New England farms – to tour the preserved farmland and woodland. Take this opportunity to visit the Skitch Henderson Living Museum, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, within one of ten buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours conducted by Fay Fitch, Hunt Hill Farm Manager, and Jessica Stewart, Gallery and Museum Director. The farm is located at 44 Upland Road, New Milford. From the Berkshires, take Route 7 south to Cornwall Bridge, CT. Turn left (south) onto Route 45 to New Preston. Take Route 202 south towards New Milford. In Northville, take a left onto Upland Road and the Silo Store Gallery and Cooking School (the starting point). 1 1/2 hours, 2 miles

Housatonic Riverwalk - Kent
Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area
Annual "Take A Hike" Heritage Walks Weekend 2006
9:30 a.m.

Join Housatonic Valley Association’s Community Affairs Director Liba Furhman for a one-mile moderate riverside hike along the Appalachian Trail starting at Bull’s Bridge Gorge in Kent going south to the confluence of the Tenmile River in Gaylordsville. From there the walk will continue along the Tenmile River for an additional 1/2 mile. The round-trip walk will take approximately two hours. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Bull’s Bridge parking area, on the west side of the covered bridge, off of Route 7. Optional self-guided hiking extensions possible. Wear sturdy shoes, and bring water and insect repellant. Call for reservations and directions (860) 672-6678. 2 hours, 1 mile

Roads Less Traveled – Canaan
Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area
Annual "Take A Hike" Heritage Walks Weekend 2006
10:00 a.m.

Step back in time with Dan McGuinness, Northwest Connecticut Council of Governments, on a bike hike on roads seemingly untouched by the late 20th-early 21st centuries. Enjoy the time-capsule qualities of these remote routes that have managed to elude progress. Meet in the parking lot on the southerly side of Route 44/7, across from McDonalds Restaurant, Canaan. From the south: take Route 7 north to the intersection of Route 44. At the first traffic light in Canaan, make a left onto Route 44 west and Route 7 north. The parking lot is on the left approximately 150 yards from the intersection. From the north, take Route 7 south. There is a traffic light at the intersection of Routes 7 and 44. At this traffic light, make a left onto Route 44 east and Route 7 south. The parking lot is on the right approximately 500 yards from the intersection. 3 hours, 25 miles

Bull’s Falls Furnace - Kent
Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area
Annual "Take A Hike" Heritage Walks Weekend 2006
10:00 a.m.

Marge McAvoy, director of the Kent Historical Society, will lead a walk exploring the historic ruins of the Bull’s Falls blast furnace which produced pig iron from 1825 to 1865. Strategically located on the east bank of the Housatonic River about 300 feet south of the famous covered bridge, the ruins of the Bull’s Falls furnace provide a rare chance to look into the stack of a blast furnace. One visible relic is a Scottish-type tuyere embedded in a salamander. Meet in the parking lot by the covered bridge on the Housatonic River. From the traffic light in Kent center, drive 3.9 miles south on US Route 7 to the traffic light at Bulls Bridge. Turn right, cross the covered bridge and park in the lot on the west side of the River. 1 hour, 1 1/2 miles.

Mill Village Memories - Thompson
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekend
10:00 a.m.

Join a retired educator and his wife on this easy 2-hr. adult stroll through the well-preserved mill village of North Grosvenordale, once one of the state's largest producers of cotton cloth. See where the workers lived, played and manufactured their product, and how the railroad, river and families made the community a success. Thompson Historical Society. Meet at Lions Bandstand directly off Riverside Drive (Route 12) across from Town Hall.

The Quiet of the Still River - Eastford
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekend
10:00 a.m.

Retired teacher George Askew leads an easy, 1-hr. family walk on a nature trail along the Still River developed and maintained by local students. Learn about this feeder stream, two dam sites, a mature forest, student-built bridges, wildflowers, and invasive plants. Town of Eastford. From junction with Route 44, take Route 198 north 2 miles to stop sign at 5-way intersection. At Bowen's Garage (Ford), take left on Westford Road 1/4 mile, park in school lot on right. Dogs on leash are welcome.

Ayer Mountain’s Past - Franklin
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekend
10:00 a.m.

Dave and Tim Ayer lead this challenging 2-hr. walk for adults and teens along a wooded trail past several early 19th-century cellar holes, an old stone culvert and a "soap stone" used in making soap, into Bailey's Ravine along a slippery, steep path to see swirl pools carved through 30 feet of ledge. The Ayer Family and Franklin Historical Society. From Route 32 junction., follow Route 207 east for 1 1/2 miles east; take 2nd left onto Ayer Road and go 1/4 mile. Park at 44 Ayer Road.

Rails by the River - Willimantic
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends
11:00 a.m.

Get a background on how trains helped Willimantic's growth. Walk near the old railroad yard and look at the park development along the Willimantic River, and learn about the railroad museum and rail development in eastern Connecticut on this easy 1-hr. family stroll. Questions welcome! Optional museum tour follows. Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum. From Route 32 (Main Street) at Chamber of Commerce, go over railroad tracks; take immediate right up dirt road to museum entrance; park at lower gate. Wheelchair and stroller accessible; dogs on leash are welcome.

An Ashford Amble - Ashford
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekend
11:00 a.m. (Tours every 1/2 hour to 3 p.m.; last tour begins at 2:30 p.m.)

Adults and children over 10 will enjoy this 1-hr. stroll to see the old Ashford Academy, the outhouse, town green, Constitution Oak, Babcock Burying Ground, and First Church. Ashford Historical Society. From junction with Route 89, take Route 44 about 2 miles east to Fitts Road (opposite dairy bar). Turn left to Academy, approx. 100 ft. ahead on right. Dogs on leash are welcome.

The Quiet of the Still River - Eastford
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekend
12:00 p.m.

Retired teacher George Askew leads an easy, 1-hr. family walk on a nature trail along the Still River developed and maintained by local students. Learn about this feeder stream, two dam sites, a mature forest, student-built bridges, wildflowers, and invasive plants. Town of Eastford. From junction with Route 44, take Route 198 north 2 miles to stop sign at 5-way intersection. At Bowen's Garage (Ford), take left on Westford Road 1/4 mile, park in school lot on right. Dogs on leash are welcome.

Mill Walk-Amasa Day House, Moodus
Antiquarian & Landmarks Society
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 pm.

Join local historian Charlie Farrow for a walking tour of the Moodus mills. Known as the twine capital, Moodus was home to dozen of mills. Following the walk, visitors are invited to tour the Amasa Day House. A&L members are free, non-members $6. Raindate October 14.

Two Historic Buildings of 19th Century Connecticut – Falls Village
Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area
Annual "Take A Hike" Heritage Walks Weekend 2006
1:00-4:00 p.m.

Visit two 19th century buildings that served important civic functions in this small CT town that flourished through the Civil War, with the success of the nearby Ames Iron Works. Guides will be stationed in the South Canaan Meeting House and the little schoolhouse for the Beebe Hill School to welcome visitors and provide tours. Participants travel on own to each building. The Meeting House is on corner of Route 63 and Dean St. The Beebe Hill School is located on Beebe Hill Rd., off Route 7. 1 1/2 hours, 3 miles.

Remembering Ramsdell Farm - North Grosvenordale
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends
1:00 p.m.

Adults will enjoy this slow, 1-hr. walk back in time to remember the historic Ramsdell Farm and the people who lived there. U.S. Army Corps. Take Exit 99 off I-395 northbound; turn right onto Route 200; turn right onto Thompson Road (Route 193), then right onto Ravenelle Road to junction with Messier Road. Park at West Access Gate on Ravenelle Road

Many, Many Millionaires - Norwich
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends
1:00 p.m.

During the Victorian Era, more millionaires per capita lived here than in any other American city. Join local historian David Oat on this easy, adult 2-hr. tour of Yantic Cemetery's monuments to the rich and famous. Guns of Norwich Historical Society Inc. and Norwich Historical Society. From junction with Route 32, follow Route 2 (becomes Washington Street) to Backus Hospital on right. Meet at main cemetery entrance on Lafayette Street adjacent to hospital; park on cemetery grounds. Suitable for strollers.

The Foreign Mission School-Cornwall & the Wider World - Cornwall
Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area
Annual "Take A Hike" Heritage Walks Weekend 2006
1:30 p.m.

The talk/walk will describe the Foreign Mission School, founded by the American Board of Commissioners of Foreign Missions in 1817 in Cornwall, to educate young men from “heathen” lands to take Christianity back to their homelands. Over 90 students, including American Indians, Hawaiians, South Sea Islanders, and Chinese, came to study until the school closed in 1826. The talk will cover the missionary fervor of the time, the courses of study, the rigors of work and climate, the controversy that arose in town with the scandal that prompted the board to close the school, and the historical consequences of the lives of the students. The stories of the most well-known students, Heneri Opukahaia from Hawaii, and John Ridge and Elias Boudinot from the Cherokee tribe, will be more fully told. The talk will be given at the Cornwall Historical Society building by Ann Schillinger, a long-time board member. A walking tour with map of Cornwall Village, the location of the school, will follow. A diagram of nearby Cornwall Cemetery locating graves of students and persons connected with the school will allow participants to wander there on their own. Meet in Cornwall: 7 Pine Street, just off Route 4 near the junction with Route 125 in Cornwall. 1 1/2 hours, 3/4 mile

Historic River Mills - Putnam
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends
2:00 p.m.

William Pearsall and Robert Miller, present and former Town Historians, lead this 2-hr. easy walk along the Quinebaug River to see several historic mills and learn how the town revolved around the industry. Aspinock Historical Society From I-395 take Exit 95; go north on Kennedy Drive to Rotary Park on left; park in municipal lot, shopping center or Rotary Park; meet at the bandstand. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Dogs on leash are welcome.

In Weir's Footsteps - Willimantic
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends
3:00 p.m.

This slow, easy 1 1/2-hr. walk around the mill district with historian Bev York captures the views painted by J. Alden Weir, noted American impressionist painter; best for those over 12 years old. The tour includes "Weir, Wyeth and Wandell: Artists Capture the Willimantic Thread Company" exhibit at the museum. Meet at Windham Textile & History Museum, 157 Union & Main Streets., downtown Willimantic; park across the street at Heritage State Park. Wheelchair and stroller accessible.

October 8, Sunday
Scenic Smith Road - Woodstock
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends
10:00 a.m.

Smith Road is a town-designated scenic dirt road, but what does the ordinance mean? Learn about the road's history as well as the woody invasive species along the way on this easy but hilly 1-hr. walk. Rain date: October 9. Woodstock Conservation Commission. From traffic light at junction of Routes 171 and 169, go west on Route 171 for 2.3 miles. Bear left onto Rocky Hill Road. Turn right onto Smith Road and park in field. Stroller accessible.

Industrial Cornwall Bridge – Cornwall
Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area
Annual "Take A Hike" Heritage Walks Weekend 2006
10:30 a.m.

Ed Kirby, noted historian, geologist, president of the Sharon Historical Society and author of Exploring The Berkshire Hills, Echoes of Iron and Seldom Told Tales of Sharon will lead a tour of the 18th and 19th century industries of Cornwall Bridge village.  The tour will consist of a 1.2 mile walk lasting about two hours, mostly along roadsides. Along the way participants will observe locations and remains of industries, shops, churches, bridges and water power sources. The walk will include a visit to the ruins of the Cornwall Bridge Iron Company blast furnace that produced pig iron from 1833 to 1897. To reach Cornwall Bridge from the north or south follow U.S. Route 7; from the east or west follow CT Route 4. Meet east of the bridge over the Housatonic River at the east junction of Route 4 and Route 7 and park at the National Iron Bank lot. 2 hours, 1.2 miles

Historical Woodland Walk - Woodstock
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends
11:00 a.m.

Enjoy woods, wildlife and an unusual tale of the ruins of an early community on this moderate 3-hr. walk for adults and children over 10 with parents. Optional tour of Solair, one of America’s oldest nudist camps, follows. Bring lunch; full clothing required. Solair Recreation League. From Route 197 junction, go north on Route 169 for 0.1 mile Turn left onto English Neighborhood Road for 3.5 miles to end at stop sign. Go straight on dirt road and down hill to camp entrance. Dogs on leash are welcome.

Secrets in Stone - Coventry
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends
12:00 p.m.

This easy 1-hr. walk for adults and children 10 and older focuses on the Nathan Hale Cemetery, from its oldest gravestone (1716) to its most famous, the Nathan Hale Monument. Antiquarian & Landmarks Society, Nathan Hale Homestead. From Route 44 eastbound, bear right onto Route 31 (Main Street); turn right onto Lake Street.; cemetery is on right; park on street or at Patriots Park. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Dogs on leash are welcome.

Two Historic Buildings of the 19th Century Connecticut- Falls Village
Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area
Annual "Take A Hike" Heritage Walks Weekend 2006
1:00-4:00 p.m.

Visit two 19th century buildings that served important civic functions in this small CT town that flourished through the Civil War, with the success of the nearby Ames Iron Works. Guides will be stationed in the South Canaan Meeting House and the little schoolhouse for the Beebe Hill School to welcome visitors and provide tours. Participants travel on own to each building. The Meeting House is on corner of Route 63 and Dean St. The Beebe Hill School is located on Beebe Hill Rd., off Route 7. 1 1/2 hours, 3 miles

A Tribute to Kent’s Veterans - Kent
Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area
Annual "Take A Hike" Heritage Walks Weekend 2006
1:00 p.m.

Join the Legionnaires as they visit the Civil War Monument in the middle of Town, the WWI Memorial at the Kent Library, and the graves of many of Kent’s brave soldiers buried in St. Andrews and Congregational cemeteries. Tribute will be paid to all of Kent’s veterans, from the Revolutionary war right up to the present. Walk leader will be Adjutant Andrew Ocif and members of the Hall-Jennings American Legion Post #153. Meet in front of the Swift House, home of the Kent Historical Society, east of the Patco gas station on Rte 341 in the middle of town. 1 hour, 1 mile

Historic River Mills - Putnam
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends
2:00 p.m.

William Pearsall and Robert Miller, present and former Town Historians, lead this 2-hr. easy walk along the Quinebaug River to see several historic mills and learn how the town revolved around the industry. Aspinock Historical Society From I-395 take Exit 95; go north on Kennedy Drive to Rotary Park on left; park in municipal lot, shopping center or Rotary Park; meet at the bandstand. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Dogs on leash are welcome.

Graves and Heroes - Norwich
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends
2:00 pm.

Visit the graves of a Connecticut governor and U.S. vice president and those of Civil War soldiers on this easy 2 1/2-hr. walk through Yantic Cemetery. Learn about their contributions to the war effort from local historian David Oat. Norwich Historical Society. From junction with Route 32, follow Route 2 (becomes Washington Street) to Backus Hospital on right. Meet at main cemetery entrance on Lafayette Street adjacent to hospital; park on cemetery grounds.

Main Street of Yesteryear – Kent
Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area
Annual "Take A Hike" Heritage Walks Weekend 2006
2:30 p.m.

An avid amateur historian, Kathryn Boughton will lead participants on a walk to describe the development of Kent’s Main Street, from Colonial grazing ground to bustling railroad depot to present-day tourist mecca. The architecture, the history and the time line will be discussed. Meet in front of the Swift House, home of the Kent Historical Society, east of the Patco gas station on Rte 341 in the middle of town. 1 hour, 1 mile

Salisbury Heritage Walk - Salisbury
Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area
Annual "Take A Hike" Heritage Walks Weekend 2006
3:00 p.m.

The waters of Wachocastinook Brook provided power for 18th and 19th century mills along Salisbury’s Factory Street. George Massey, a prominent environmentalist and co-chair of the Salisbury Land Trust, will lead participants on an exploration of the sites and remains along this historic path. With fall colors near their peak, the walk will show how the industrial landscape has been transformed into today’s residential area. Meet at the fountain by the Salisbury Town Hall, along Routes 44/41 in the center of the town. 2 hours, 2 miles

October 9, Monday
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? - Pomfret
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends
9:00 a.m.

Discover the famous wolf den where Revolutionary War General Israel Putnam is said to have slain the last she-wolf in Connecticut on this serious 3-hr. hike over hilly terrain for adults and older children. Bring water. Connecticut State Parks. Meet on Wolf Den Drive in Mashamoquet Brook State Park; entrance is on Route 44, 3/4 mile west of junction with Route 101.

Lisbon Heritage - Lisbon
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends
10:00 a.m.

Bring a camera for this easy 2-hr. tour of the 1810 Bishop House Museum, one of Connecticut’s few remaining rural synagogues, and America's oldest free-standing fieldstone bridge. Best for adults and children over 12. Includes bus connection; reservations advised: (860) 887-0776. Lisbon Historical Society. From junction with Route 169, follow Route 138 northeast 0.2 mile; take first right after firehouse into Senior Center parking lot.

Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends
1:00 p.m. Norwich City Firearm Factories - Norwich

Visit old factory sites and actual factories that produced firearms and learn the history of these long-gone industries that flourished here from 1850 to 1930 on this 2-hr. moderate walk. Guns of Norwich Historical Society Inc. From I-395, take Route 2 to Main Street in downtown Norwich; turn north on Franklin Street, then go left onto Bath Street to intersection with Union Street and Broadway. Meet in front of City Hall; park in garages nearby.

Hidden Treasures of Coventry Village - Coventry
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends
2:00 p.m.

The architectural cultural, industrial and landscape elements of an early 19th and 20th-century New England mill village are showcased on this moderate 2-hr. walk along paved surfaces for adults and children over 12. Coventry Village Improvement Society. Park at Coventry Flea Market on Lake Street at junction of Routes 31 and 275. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Dogs on leash are welcome.

October 13, Friday
Stories in Stone - Ashford
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends
10:00 a.m.

Join Connecticut State Archaeologist Nick Bellantoni at the June Norcross Webster Scout Reservation to explore the stone ruins of a family/industrial community including foundations of mills, houses and outbuildings as well as a family cemetery on this 2-mile, 2-hr. moderate swampy, hilly walk for adults and children 8 years and older. Connecticut State Museum of Natural History & Connecticut Archaeology Center. Camp is on Route 44, just 7 miles east of junction with Route 195, near Midway Pizza.

Burying Ground Basics, Conservation Techniques, and Colonial Carvers – Ashford
Connecticut Gravestone Network
7:00 p.m.

Guest Speaker: Ruth Shapleigh-Brown. Slide presentation. Open to the public. Babcock Library, 25 Pompey Hollow Road, Ashford. 860-487-4420.

October 14, Saturday
Rebirth of a New England Farm - Ashford
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends
9:30 a.m.

Tour a typical New England farmstead established centuries ago and see the plans for the future as the owners re-establish a traditional diversified family farm. Learn about heritage livestock breeds and the use of draft animals as an answer to high-priced fuel, and watch draft horses "pull their weight" on this slow adult walk. Cranberry Hill Farm and Yale School Forests. From junction of Route 89 and Boston Hollow Road in Westford, take Nagy Road 1 mile north.

History Alive! - Willimantic
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends
10:00 a.m. (Tours every 1/2 hour until 3:30 p.m.; also starts at 10:00 a.m. on October 15)

The whole family can interact with re-enactors and craft demonstrators while traveling along a time continuum of encampments from the early 1700s to World War II. Period occupations such as candle-making, blacksmithing, and basket-making will be featured, along with a display of antique autos and a bake shop. Held rain or shine. Windham Historical Society Jillson Square on Main Street (Route 66) at corner of Jackson Street and the Frog Bridge (Route 32). Wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Five Mile Rock - Lebanon
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends
10:00 a.m.

Discover the 5-Mile Rock that marks the southeast boundary of the original land grant from Oweneco, son of Uncas, to Lebanon's first European settlers on this 2-hr. moderate walk for adults and older children. Lebanon Historical Society Inc. From junction with Route 207, go south on Route 87 for 1 mile. Turn right on Waterman Road. Go 3.1 miles and turn right onto Fowler Road (dirt) for 1.25 miles to end. Meet at Goshen Hill Church; park in field on left.

Spirits and the Smuggler's Tree - Ashford
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends
11:00 a.m.

Adults and children over 5 can take this moderate 1-hr walk on a mowed woods trail around a private pond to the site of Smuggler's Tree, a legendary spot for procuring spirits in the 1800s. Optional open house and distillery tours from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Westford Hill Distillers. From Route 44 junction, go north on Route 89 for 2 miles. Turn left on Westford Hill Road for 2 miles to Congregational Church. Bear left onto Chatey Road 1 mile to first house on right. Park at field entrance. Dogs on leash are welcome.

A Little Walk, A Little Talk, a Little Genealogy - Coventry
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends
11:00 a.m.

Explore Coventry's history through this easy, but hilly, 1-hr. walk through Center Cemetery. Learn about early headstone design and the lives of some of the individuals buried there. Coventry Historical Society. From junction with Route 31 (at CVS), follow Route 44 east just 0.3 mile; cemetery is on the left; park on site.

Tour of Hartford’s Ancient Burying Ground
Hartford Preservation Alliance
12:00 noon

The Hartford Preservation Alliance is sponsoring a tour of Hartford’s Ancient Burying Ground. The tour will be led by Ruth Shapleigh-Brown, Old Burial Ground Conservator, Executive Director of the Connecticut Gravestone Network and Public Representative for The Ancient Burial Ground in Hartford. Gravesites of the earliest settlers and political movers of Hartford will be featured and visitors will be introduced to a few early area carvers. Meet at the cemetery side gate, corner of Main and Gold Streets, Hartford.

Rain or shine. Cost $10.

A two-tour package is offered at $15 in combination with a 10:00 a.m. Historic Downtown walking tour. To reserve your place please send your payment to the Hartford Preservation Alliance, 56 Arbor Street, Suite 406, Hartford, CT 06106. For more information please call 860-570-0331 or visit www.hartfordpreservation.org.

Spirits and the Smuggler's Tree - Ashford
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends
2:00 p.m.

Adults and children over 5 can take this moderate 1-hr walk on a mowed woods trail around a private pond to the site of Smuggler's Tree, a legendary spot for procuring spirits in the 1800s. Optional open house and distillery tours from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Westford Hill Distillers. From Route 44 junction, go north on Route 89 for 2 miles. Turn left on Westford Hill Road for 2 miles to Congregational Church. Bear left onto Chatey Road 1 mile to first house on right. Park at field entrance. Dogs on leash are welcome.

Historic River Mills - Putnam
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends
2:00 p.m.

William Pearsall and Robert Miller, present and former Town Historians, lead this 2-hr. easy walk along the Quinebaug River to see several historic mills and learn how the town revolved around the industry. Aspinock Historical Society From I-395 take Exit 95; go north on Kennedy Drive to Rotary Park on left; park in municipal lot, shopping center or Rotary Park; meet at the bandstand. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Dogs on leash are welcome.

Revival and Revolutionaries - Canterbury
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends
3:00 p.m.

Explore the 1770 Westminster Congregational Meetinghouse and take a stroll through its burying ground where 25 Revolutionary War veterans are buried on this 1-hr. easy adult stroll. Learn about the profound effect that the Great Awakening (and its lightening rod, the Rev. George Whitefield) had on Canterbury and the rest of Connecticut.  Free refreshments served. Westminster Congregational Church. From Route 169, take Route 14 west for 2.8 miles. Wheelchair and stroller accessible.

The Water's Edge - North Grosvenordale
October 15, Sunday
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekend
9:00 a.m.

All ages will enjoy this moderate, hilly 3-hr. scenic walk around West Thompson Lake to discover the many natural and historical features that make this area unique. U. S. Army Corps. Take Exit 99 off I-395; turn left onto Route 200 to flashing light in center of Thompson; turn right onto Route 193; go straight through intersection, cross bridge and railroad tracks, go up hill and over dam. Park in lot on right. Dogs on leash are welcome.

Rebirth of a New England Farm - Ashford
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends
9:30 a.m.

Tour a typical New England farmstead established centuries ago and see the plans for the future as the owners re-establish a traditional diversified family farm. Learn about heritage livestock breeds and the use of draft animals as an answer to high-priced fuel, and watch draft horses "pull their weight" on this slow adult walk. Cranberry Hill Farm and Yale School Forests. From junction of Route 89 and Boston Hollow Road in Westford, take Nagy Road 1 mile north.

History Alive! - Willimantic
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends
10:00 a.m. (Tours every 1/2 hour until 3:30 p.m.)

The whole family can interact with re-enactors and craft demonstrators while traveling along a time continuum of encampments from the early 1700s to World War II. Period occupations such as candle-making, blacksmithing, and basket-making will be featured, along with a display of antique autos and a bake shop. Held rain or shine. Windham Historical Society Jillson Square on Main Street (Route 66) at corner of Jackson Street and the Frog Bridge (Route 32). Wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Rails by the River - Willimantic
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends
11:00 a.m.

Get a background on how trains helped Willimantic's growth. Walk near the old railroad yard and look at the park development along the Willimantic River, and learn about the railroad museum and rail development in eastern Connecticut on this easy 1-hr. family stroll. Questions welcome! Optional museum tour follows. Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum. From Route 32 (Main Street) at Chamber of Commerce, go over railroad tracks; take immediate right up dirt road to museum entrance; park at lower gate. Wheelchair and stroller accessible; dogs on leash are welcome.

Skeet-daddle - Sprague
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends
12:00 p.m.

Adults and children 10+ can enjoy this 2 1/2-hr. moderate, hilly and swampy hike from the former Mukluk Skeet Range along the Shetucket River toward the Scotland Dam, past 19th-century sites and scenic river views. Town of Sprague. From Rte. 32 at Kahn Tractor, turn onto Rte. 207 toward Baltic for 2.5 miles then left onto Holton Rd.; go 1 mile and exit paved road, then 0.7 mile on gravel surface to a clearing; park in front of cabin on right. Dogs on leash are welcome.

Grand Central - Plainfield
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends
1:00 p.m.

Explore Central Village and learn about its industrial history on this easy, 2-hr. walk. Visit the Congregational Church and view the Old Town Hall, the homes of the mill owner and his family and more. Plainfield Historical Society From I-395, take Exit 89. Go west on Route 14 to junction with Route 12. Meet at the mill condo gazebo; park at the mill complex or nearby funeral home. Wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Follow the Hollow - Mansfield
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends
1:00 p.m.

Bring your watercraft and paddle from the boat launch south through the lower lake, entering the Natchaug River. Turn around at an old mill, then stop to stretch with a short walk near an abandoned chimney and a letterbox site on this 3 1/2-hr. excursion for adults and children over 12 only. Those under 18 years of age MUST be accompanied by an adult. Approved life jackets are mandatory. Friends of Mansfield Hollow. From Route 195 in Mansfield Center., turn east on Basset Bridge Road for 1.5 miles. Sign for launch is on corner. Bring canoe/kayak for part of walk.

Historic River Mills - Putnam
Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Walking Weekends
2:00 p.m.

William Pearsall and Robert Miller, present and former Town Historians, lead this 2-hr. easy walk along the Quinebaug River to see several historic mills and learn how the town revolved around the industry. Aspinock Historical Society From I-395 take Exit 95; go north on Kennedy Drive to Rotary Park on left; park in municipal lot, shopping center or Rotary Park; meet at the bandstand. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Dogs on leash are welcome.

October 18, Wednesday
Paddy on the Railway: Irish Labourers - Building of the Great Western Railroad
Suffield Historical Society Public Lecture
Location: Kent Memorial Library, 50 North Main Street. 7:30 p.m.
Dennis Picard

The Western Railroad of Massachusetts was chartered in February of 1833. This transportation construction project was to link the Boston & Worcester Railroad to Springfield, cross the Connecticut River and continue to the New York State line. It required hundreds of skilled and unskilled workers. Most of the labor was done by those of Irish birth or heritage. Come hear some of the stories of the trials and successes of this unique and very mobile workforce.

October 19, Thursday
The Viking Settlement of Iceland: Sagas and Archaeology
John Steinberg, Senior Scientist, University of Massachusetts at Boston.

Dr. Steinberg will talk about his research on the settlement of Iceland by Vikings in the 8th century. The information that his team has uncovered sheds new light on the Icelandic and Vinland Sagas.

PublicLecture Archaeological Associates of Greenwich
Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, 8:00 p.m.
The program is free to AAG and Bruce Museum members and $10 to the public at the door.

October 21, Saturday
Archaeological Society of Connecticut Annual Fall Meeting
Olin Science Center, Connecticut College, New London
Admission: $10 for non-ASC members, $8 for ASC members, $5 for students with ID
Kristina Lammi Thompson & David A. Poirier Program Coordinators

Schedule of Events:
8:30 a.m. Registration

9:00 a.m. The Ebenezer Story Site: A Revolutionary War Tavern and Three Generations of Fishing on the Thames River, Preston, Connecticut
Ross K. Harper, Bruce Clouette and Joseph J. Samolis

Joseph J. Samolis (M.A.) is a Historical Archaeologist with Archaeological and Historical Services, Inc. and the Public Archaeology Survey Team, Inc. in Storrs, Connecticut. Mr. Samolis has a particular interest in the African Diaspora within New England

Ross K. Harper (Ph.D.) is the Senior Historical Archaeologist at Archaeological and Historical Services, Inc. and the Public Archaeology Survey Team, Inc. in Storrs, Connecticut. Dr. Harper specializes in 18th-century domestic archaeology in New England and has directed numerous colonial period household excavations in Connecticut.

9:30 a.m. Researching Confederacy, a Revolutionary War Frigate Built in Connecticut, Bruce Clouette

Bruce Clouette (Ph.D.) is Senior Historian with Archaeological and Historical Services, Inc. and the Public Archaeology Survey Team, Inc. in Storrs, Connecticut. Recent publications include The Healing Triangle:  Hartford Hospital’s First 150 Years (2004) and the introductory chapter to Carriages and Clocks, Corsets and Clocks: The Rise and Fall of an Industrial City – New Haven, Connecticut (2005).

10:00 a.m. Maritime Archaeology at the University of Connecticut, David Robinson

David Robinson is a professional underwater archaeologist whose research focuses on the study of pre-contact period settlements inundated by post-glacial sea level rise and watercraft as technological agents of cultural transmission and change. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at UConn-Avery Point, Robinson is a Senior Underwater Archaeologist and Diving Safety Officer at PAL, a RI-based, non-profit cultural resource management firm, and a student in the UConn Anthropology Department’s doctoral program.

10:30 a.m. Coffee Break

10:45 Cast Upon a Reef: Archival Research and Mapping of Shipwrecks in the Connecticut Waters of Long Island Sound, Catherine M. Labadia, William F. Keegan and David R. George

Catherine M. Labadia (M.A.) is the Principal Investigator of Heritage Consultants, LLC in Newington, Connecticut. Ms. Labadia has a particular interest in Geographic Information Systems applications in archaeological research.

William F. Keegan (B.A., A.B.T.) is Historical Geographer and Geographic Information Systems Specialist with Heritage Consultants, LLC in Newington, Connecticut. Mr. Keegan specializes in archival, genealogical, and historical research, as well as Geographic Information Systems applications in archeology, specifically historic landscape reconstruction.

David R. George (M.A., R.P.A.) is Senior Archaeologist with Heritage Consultants, LLC in Newington, Connecticut. He specializes in the archeology of southern New England with an emphasis on Connecticut.

11:15 a.m. High Tech on the High Seas: Surveying and Sharing Shipwrecks, Ivar Babb

Ivar Babb is the Director of the National Undersea Research Center at the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point Campus. Since 2002, he has worked with the NOAA Stellwagon Bank National Marine Sanctuary to map, explore, survey and share the shipwrecks of the Sanctuary using a variety of underwater and telecommunications technologies.

11:45 a.m. The Archaeological Potential of the Continental Shelf, Kevin McBride

Kevin McBride is Director of Research and Information Resources at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.

12: 15 p.m. Lunch Break

2:00 p.m. Thirty Years of Shipwreck Management: The USS Monitor and NOAA’s Maritime Heritage Program, John D. Broadwater

With the designation in 1975 of the sunken ironclad warship USS Monitor as America’s first National Marine Sanctuary, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) began developing a long-term program for the protection and management of underwater cultural heritage. The National Marine Sanctuary Program now consists of thirteen sanctuaries and a new Marine National Monument in Hawai`i. Although only two of the sanctuaries were designated specifically to focus on archaeological resources, most have developed management plans that include shipwrecks and other submerged archaeological sites. In 2002 the Maritime Heritage Program was launched as a means for more effectively addressing the wide range of cultural and archaeological issues that fall within the mandates and goals of the National Marine Sanctuary Program. The Maritime Heritage Program has grown rapidly and is forming partnerships with federal, state and private organizations in order to fulfill its goals of survey and inventory, research, education, outreach and protection.

John D. Broadwater is Program Manager for the Maritime Heritage Program at the National Marine Sanctuary Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). From 1992-2005 he was Sanctuary Manager of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, where he directed six major expeditions to the remains of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor, which lies in 235 feet of water, 16 miles off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. During 1978-90, as Virginia's first State Underwater Archaeologist, he directed a study of shipwrecks from the 1781 Battle of Yorktown (Virginia) and also developed a statewide underwater archaeology program. He has participated in numerous national and international underwater archaeological expeditions, served on numerous advisory boards, and published a variety of technical and popular articles on maritime history and archaeology. He has a Ph.D. in Maritime Studies from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

3:00 p.m. Cheese, Crackers & Conversations with John Broadwater

October 22, Sunday
Graveyard Tour – Hale Homestead, Coventry
Antiquarian & Landmarks Society
4:00-6:00 p.m.

Tour Coventry’s historic graveyards and learn about the town’s earliest residents. Following the tour, visitors return to Hale Homestead to warm up with hot apple cider and some 18th-century savories. A&L members $10, non-members $15. Reservations required, 860-742-6917.

October 27, Friday
Cedar Hill Cemetery’s Haunted Halloween Lantern Tour –
Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford
Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation
7:00 p.m.
Charge will be $5.00 a person and payable as you enter the cemetery.

After parking your car you and your company can walk to our Mausoleum area where we will have lots of things going on to entertain you along with Hot Chocolate and Cider to warm your nerves. Each tour will called by ticket number to ready to themselves for their chance to walk to walk with our Cedar Hill guides. You will meet various historic figures and here their tales, but keep your eyes open as we are not the only spirits walking on this night, we have much in store for you this year that you have not seen before.

For more information and directions go to www.cedarhillcemetery.org or call 860-956-3311

October 28, Saturday
The Institute for American Indian Studies
Announces the first in a series of Annual Archaeology Round Tables
Identity and Community in Native Southern New England: Archaeology’s Role and Responsibility in Contemporary Politics
Institute for American Indian Studies
38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT
(860) 868-0518, www.Birdstone.org
1: 00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The roundtable will consist of four position papers and a panel that will discuss the issues generated by them, with audience participation. Position papers will be presented by Marge Bruchac (Abenaki), Siobhan Hart (UMASS Amherst), Alan Leveillee (PAL, Inc), and Chief Richard Velky (Schaghticoke). Other panelists include: Claudette Bradley-Egblom (Schaghticoke), Steve Comer (Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican), Dan Forrest (PAST, Inc), Rae Gould (Nipmuc), Brian Jones (PAST, Inc), and Stephen Silliman (UMASS Boston). Moderator: Lucianne Lavin (IAIS).

The Old New Gate Prison Haunted Mine Tours – Granby
Old New Gate Prison
10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

“The Old New Gate Prison Haunted Mine Tours” will be open to the public on October 28 and October 29. We will have a full day of games and activities as well as the haunted mine tours. Contact information: Karin Peterson, email: Karin.peterson@po.state.ct.us, phone: 860-566-3005, x329.

October 29, Sunday
The Old New Gate Prison Haunted Mine Tours – Granby
Old New Gate Prison
10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

“The Old New Gate Prison Haunted Mine Tours” will be open to the public on October 28 and October 29. We will have a full day of games and activities as well as the haunted mine tours. Contact information: Karin Peterson, phone: 860-566-3005, x329, email: Karin.peterson@po.state.ct.us, .