Hartland VT, VT
October 15, 2009
Cousin George and Nancy are long term residents of Hartland, VT a small town nestled in a valley and of course surrounded by brilliant fall colors in the surrounding hills. An easy hike in Windsor gets our day off to a good start followed by a visit to the Cornish Windsor Covered Bridge spanning the Connecticut River and separating Vermont and New Hampshire.
Vermont towns are dotted with churches many with distinguished steeples. We make a stop at the Center Meeting House and Church built in 1821 and sited in a grove of yellow maple trees. A church member doing maintenance work gave us a tour of the church little changed over the years. As we walked the leaf-strewn grounds we come upon a small enclosure with an iron gate and stacked stonewalls. It is said that years ago farm animals that wandered afield were impounded until reunited with the owners. The “town pound”, perhaps the origin of the word for stray animal shelters used today. Further down the road we encounter the Jenne Farm a very scenic farm in dramatic rolling hills. Another covered bridge before heading to the Harpoon Brewery for unique beer and good food. Vermont is indeed a beautiful state, especially in the fall. A state that is indeed worthy of your attention.
October 16, 2009
The back roads of Vermont are enchanting this time of year, driving through the color-laden hills to Quechee Gorge and then a walk down into the gorge was quite pleasant. Only a native knows the back roads and we were lucky enough to have one as a guide. George commented that he had seen more of Vermont in these two days than in all of his previous visits which were numerous. Our thanks to Cousin George and Nancy for their hospitality and for sharing some of their favorite places with us. There is never enough time but we thoroughly enjoyed our short stay.
It is a short drive from Hartland to Randolph Vermont where we will spend a few days with Cousin George’s son Paul and his family – wife Dee and daughter Morgan (Jasper the dog, and kitties Sparkly and Princess).