It’s Maple Sugaring Time in Connecticut!

My friend and I ventured to Lamothe’s Sugar House in Burlington last week. They are the largest maple sugaring operation in CT, with over 5500 taps. We got to meet three of the friendly Lamothe cousins; Marie, Rob & Leonard, and they shared shots with us of all 4 grades of maple syrup sold in their farm store. They were all delicious; we found it hard to choose a favorite! 

My friend then followed me up the dirt path of Stone Road into Nassahegon State Forest, where we sought out the old Tory Prison. It hasn’t been used since 1936, when it was a holding cell for men who became abusive or drunk at the nearby Camp Nepaug.  The camp housed up to 300 men who were homeless in the early years of the Great Depression and ended up at this federally run workhouse.

Also in the forest is the State Fish Hatchery, which was another fascinating stop. They had recently stocked the fish pools with thousands of rainbow and brown trout, and you can read fun facts printed on wooden fish at the ponds. Each year the trout are distributed to public lakes, ponds, rivers and streams around the state.

A fun fact of a different sort is that at one point in time, every town in CT had a congregational church – except Waterford; some towns have two or three! I really enjoy seeing the architecture of the various churches, and I am photographing them this time around.

Luckily it was warm enough for us to enjoy some tasty sandwiches outdoors from the take out window of the Greenhouse Café & Tavern; such a pretty spot. Hogan’s Cider Mill is practically across the street; a gentleman working there gave us free cider glasses for stopping by. They had been slightly off printed, but stemless, which is great for the clumsy lol.

Last stop was Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area; it was still too icy for a hike, but now we know where it is, and will be looking forward to a return trip!           

ABOUT:

Kim Downey – KDPassport

Back in June 2019, I became intrigued with the idea of exploring every town in Connecticut. My family and I had met Martin Podskoch at DiGrazia Vineyards as he introduced his book, “Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport & Guide to Exploring Connecticut.”

I began the quest in earnest by embarking on many solo trips; then at times joined by friends or relatives. I completed this wonderful adventure in Norwalk on August 12, 2020, accompanied by my family. I realized that I wasn’t “done” since there is so much to see and do in all seasons of our beautiful state. I look forward sharing many ideas with you!

If you need any recommendations, feel free to comment below or send me an email at admin@townappeal.com.

It’s Maple Sugaring Time in Connecticut!

My friend and I ventured to Lamothe’s Sugar House in Burlington last week. They are the largest maple sugaring operation in CT, with over 5500 taps. We got to meet three of the friendly Lamothe cousins; Marie, Rob & Leonard, and they shared shots with us of all 4 grades of maple syrup sold in their farm store. They were all delicious; we found it hard to choose a favorite! 

My friend then followed me up the dirt path of Stone Road into Nassahegon State Forest, where we sought out the old Tory Prison. It hasn’t been used since 1936, when it was a holding cell for men who became abusive or drunk at the nearby Camp Nepaug.  The camp housed up to 300 men who were homeless in the early years of the Great Depression and ended up at this federally run workhouse.

Also in the forest is the State Fish Hatchery, which was another fascinating stop. They had recently stocked the fish pools with thousands of rainbow and brown trout, and you can read fun facts printed on wooden fish at the ponds. Each year the trout are distributed to public lakes, ponds, rivers and streams around the state.

A fun fact of a different sort is that at one point in time, every town in CT had a congregational church – except Waterford; some towns have two or three! I really enjoy seeing the architecture of the various churches, and I am photographing them this time around.

Luckily it was warm enough for us to enjoy some tasty sandwiches outdoors from the take out window of the Greenhouse Café & Tavern; such a pretty spot. Hogan’s Cider Mill is practically across the street; a gentleman working there gave us free cider glasses for stopping by. They had been slightly off printed, but stemless, which is great for the clumsy lol.

Last stop was Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area; it was still too icy for a hike, but now we know where it is, and will be looking forward to a return trip!           

ABOUT:

Kim Downey – KDPassport

Back in June 2019, I became intrigued with the idea of exploring every town in Connecticut. My family and I had met Martin Podskoch at DiGrazia Vineyards as he introduced his book, “Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport & Guide to Exploring Connecticut.”

I began the quest in earnest by embarking on many solo trips; then at times joined by friends or relatives. I completed this wonderful adventure in Norwalk on August 12, 2020, accompanied by my family. I realized that I wasn’t “done” since there is so much to see and do in all seasons of our beautiful state. I look forward sharing many ideas with you!

If you need any recommendations, feel free to comment below or send me an email at admin@townappeal.com.


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