Early Orange History and Present-Day Natural Beauty, all in a Saturday Morning!

 

OLT GUIDED HIKE:  Howard Brooks’ Wepawaug Conservation Area

 

The Orange Land Trust will be leading a guided hike at the Howard Brooks’ Wepawaug Conservation area on Saturday, November 8th, 2014. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the parking lot on Mapledale Road (across from Cherry Hill Road). GPS location coordinates in decimal degrees: 41.2943 / 73.0302.

 

This moderate to challenging hike will include information on the historical highlights of the area, a view of an old mill foundation with a flume cut through solid rock, and a walk through the Wepawaug Ravine. This mill made fabric for union soldiers’ uniforms during
the Civil War.

 

The area has great beauty that is very visible at this time of year with the reduced foliage. We are hopeful with the rainier weather of fall, the natural rock-walled ravine should be a sight to be seen with plenty of water flowing through.

 

In addition, we will look over the remains of a 20 foot stone chimney and learn the folksy story of a depression-era structure known as “Jim Neal’s cabin”.

 

Please wear appropriate footwear as there are some rocky areas and some “ups and downs” in the trail. We recommend hiking boots/shoes or shoes/sneakers with a good tread. A good hiking stick or trekking pole(s) can be helpful.

This free hike, conducted by volunteers of the Orange Land Trust, is not difficult for those who are sure-footed and presents an opportunity to reconnect with our town’s history and beauty.

All are welcome, please bring a friend and plan to join us! Only steady rain showers will cancel.

 

For information, call Chris at 203-397-7599.