Abandoned Ghost Town: Connecticut’s Gay City State Park
Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni, State Archaeologist, CSMNH UConn
Hebron, CT (directions will be sent to participants)
Advance registration required: $20 ($15 for Museum members)
Adults and children ages 10 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Join State Archaeologist Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni for this walk steeped in Connecticut history and folklore. Amongst Gay City State Park’s fishing and picnic areas, lakeside beaches, and nature trails, the ruins of a 19th century town offer a unique glimpse into Connecticut's past. Stone foundations, the remnants of a destroyed mill, and old tombstones hint at the village settled in 1796, established to live apart from the surrounding communities. Over time the village expanded and acquired an industrious flair. Yet historical events and unexpected misfortunes eventually caused the town to be abandoned and reclaimed by nature. The area was ultimately purchased and used as a summer retreat before being resold to the State of Connecticut and becoming Gay City State Park. This hike may be challenging and moderately difficult for some, and will include hilly areas.
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