Jason Newton, creator of the Old Connecticut Path website, will lead a tour of portions of the Path in Woodstock, Connecticut. The Old Connecticut Path website started as a family history project to rediscover the route of the Old Connecticut Path from Cambridge, Mass. to Hartford, Conn.
Although the Old Connecticut Path served as an important route in the 17th century, it has now largely vanished from view. In some places, the Path is hidden in plain sight; in other areas, only dim traces remain. After 375 years of human settlement and development, places still exist along the Path where it is possible to experience the wilderness as it might have appeared to its earliest travelers.
In this event, cosponsored by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the Woodstock Historical Society, and Historic New England, participants can learn more about the Path, the people who used it as they migrated through New England, and the efforts underway to preserve its history.
As a special option, NEHGS members are eligible to sign up for bus transportation from Boston to the walking tour in Woodstock.* On the ride, Jason Newton will provide commentary, discussing the history of Oxford, Dudley, Woodstock, and other towns along the way.
Space for both the program and the bus transportation is limited.
Schedule of events
10:00 Introduction at Woodstock Historical Society
10:30 Lecture: Local Genealogy and History Resources, Woodstock Historical Society
11:30 Presentation: Exploring the Old Connecticut Path, Jason Newton
12:00 Lunch (provided)
1:00 Walking tour from Woodstock Historical Society to Woodstock Common, Jason Newton
2:15 Tour Roseland Cottage
3:30 Program concludes
Woodstock program only, $45 per person
Woodstock program including bus transportation from Boston, $95 per person. NEHGS members only.
*Private coach transportation, departing from and returning to NEHGS in Boston. Bus will depart Boston at 8:00 a.m.; return at 5:00 p.m. Space is limited.
The walking tour portion of the program involves standing and walking outdoors for over one hour, with the possibility for hot and humid conditions. The tour of Roseland Cottage involves standing, walking, and climbing stairs.