Yesterday I posted this photo with a challenge to guess where my little Princess was standing.
The answer? She was standing in an 19th Century blasting furnace at old mining complex in Litchfield County Connecticut. We went there for the beautiful hiking trails. The old mining structures were an unexpected “treat” for the kids to explore.
Mine Hill Preserve features nine self-guided trails, the restored 19th century blast furnace and roasting ovens, granite quarries, mine shafts (now home to bats), a stone bridge and farm fields along the Shepaug river.
If you’re interested in learning more about this historical site, take a look at the work of two graduate students, Michael Bell and Diane B. Mayerfeld, from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. In 1982 they published Time and the Land: The Story of Mine Hill.