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West Highland White Terrier
Society of Connecticut Special Event


Sunday, April 30, 2023

Chatfield Hollow State Park
381 Route 80
Killingworth, CT 06419)

Meet @ Restroom Building on Right side of the road across from the beach
We will hold a brief meeting then take a casual stroll in the park Flat walk—Handicapped Accessible BYO Coffee and/or snacks
Bring bags to pick up after your pet.
A map of the park can be found at the following address:
https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DEEP/stateparks/maps/chatfieldhollowpdf.pdf Or https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/State-Parks/Connecticut-State-Parks-and-Forests Then, search for Chatfield Hollow


From The CT State Parks & Forests Web page:

Chatfield Hollow Brook flows toward Long Island Sound between two high ridges covered with oak, beech, and hickory. In 1934, the Civilian Conservation Corps built an earth and stone dam across the brook, creating seven acre Schreeder Pond. Pines planted at the same time now form a green setting around the pond. In 1949 Chatfield Hollow was designated as a state park.

In pre-Colonial times, Indians frequented the valley in considerable numbers for purposes of fishing and hunting. Many artifacts found in the vicinity of Indian Council Caves indicated that Native Americans sought refuge in the jagged ledges and held tribal gatherings amid the rock recesses and overhangs. An Indian trail paralleled the brook, winding through the trees and along what is now the park road.

Early settlers made use of the stream for waterpower. Descendants of three Chatfield brothers, who arrived from England about 1639, were believed to have operated a gristmill along the brook. Occasional chunks of oddly shaped metal fragments found near the watercourse are evi-dence that an iron smelting furnace worked native ores into metal for implements. Other remind-ers of early history include several old building foundations, a restored waterwheel on the upper pond, and the covered bridge reproduction spanning Chatfield Hollow Brook.

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