As Route 7 meanders through the northwestern hills of Connecticut it follows the path the Native Americans used to walk along the beautiful Housatonic River. That path became a towpath for early settlers, farmers, travelers and their cows, and horses.
Later, during the Industrial Age, iron ore mining and smelting in towering furnaces built from native stone drew locals and strangers alike along Route 7 and the river to work. Today’s visitors might find it hard to believe, but toward the end of the Civil War almost every tree and stick had been cut down and collected to fuel the furnaces that armed the Union army.
Facts of Interest:
Year Town Incorporated: October 1739
Form of Government: Board of Selectmen
Geographic Location: NW Corner CT
Geographic Area: 48.5 Sq. Miles
Current Population: Est. 2,944 (’07)
Population density: 61 people per sq mile
Median Household Income: $65,530 (‘07)
Total Households: 1,480 (‘94)
Average Home Price: $379,840 (‘07)
Public Safety: Resident State Trooper
Current Sales Tax: 6.35%
Elevation: 397 feet Latitude: 41.731N
Time Zone: Eastern Daylight Saving Time
Northwest Connecticut has four distinct seasons, each with its special charm.
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Today, Route 7 and the Housatonic River take you to the Appalachian Trail, Lime Rock Raceway, Tanglewood and the historic summer homes and gardens of the wealthy in Lenox and Lee, Massachusetts to tour. Canoe, fly-fish or kayak the Housatonic River or walk its banks and trails. Visit local farm stands and farmers’ markets for their fabulous, fresh produce. Meander along Kent’s Main Street, and enjoy the used-book sale at the Library, shopping for gifts you won’t see anywhere else, and strolling from bakery to chocolate shop to tea house.
Heron American Craft Gallery • 16 N. Main Street, Kent CT • 860.927.4804