The Chatham Historical Society (CHS) is organizing a hike to the site of the Portland fire tower in the Meshomasic State Forest on Sun., July 10th at 1:00 pm. The hike is part of the “Explore East Hampton” series sponsored by the East Hampton Parks & Recreation Dept. The hike had been planned for June but was cancelled due to heavy rain.
Carol Morris, a member of the CHS, will lead the guided hike. It will be a short walk through the Meshomasic State Forest, one of Connecticut's first state forests. Although the tower itself is no longer there, it is a peaceful and scenic area. The hike is mostly uphill so participants are reminded to wear comfortable shoes.
The walk will also include a talk on the history of fire towers in Connecticut by Marty Podskoch author of three books on the fire towers of the Catskill and Adirondack mountains and a member of the CHS.
The History Walk offers a wonderful and unique opportunity for new residents to learn about the history of East Hampton and for life-long residents to share their recollections and stories with others. Adults and children are welcome to join in what promises to be an afternoon of making local history come alive.
Directions: From the Stop & Shop on Rt. 66 in East Hampton (11 East High St.) travel on North Main St., for approx. 1 mi. to Clark Hill Rd on left. Then travel on Clark Hill Rd. for about a mile and turn right on Midwood Farm Rd. The hike will begin at # 85 on your left. Parking is available in the yard or road.
For further information about upcoming walks or the Chatham Historical Society, contact Marty Podskoch, coordinator of the “Explore East Hampton” walks at 860-267-2442, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.easthamptonrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=27025