Take a hike

Colchester - posted Feb, 19 2014

COLCHESTER- The next Colchester Land Trust (CLT) “Discover Colchester” hike will be held on Sunday, March 2, at 1 p.m. Meet at the Bulkeley Hill Road property of the Colchester Land Trust. Will Hochholzer, a CLT member, will be tapping a stand of sugar maples on this property and will discuss the practice of maple sugaring. According to the University of Vermont, while there are written accounts of maple sugaring in North America dating back to 1557, the exact origins of sugaring are unknown. By the 1700s, Native Americans and European settlers alike were using iron and copper kettles to make syrup and sugar. After the Civil War, most early producers were dairy farmers who made maple syrup and sugar during the off-season of the farm for their own use and for extra income. This outing will be more of a field tour than a hike, but all hikers should wear appropriate footwear and be prepared for snow or wet muddy paths. To get to this site, take exit 18 off of CT Route 2, then approximately one mile west on Middletown Road/Route 16. The site is about 1.5 miles south of Route 16, on the right-hand side, just past the caged stone. Look for the signs indicating the site. Parking along Bulkeley Hill is possible, but not recommended. It is better to park in Lee Court: a cul-de-sac on the left side of the road, a couple thousand feet farther up the road. Contact John Barnowski at johnbarn@comcast.net for additional information.

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