Monthly Archives: December 2008

Bull’s Bridge & George Washington

 

Ira at Bull's Bridge | Winter '08

Ira at Bull's Bridge | Winter '08

An inn was built at the crossing over the Housatonic River by Jacob and Mary Bull, who were married in 1762. They ran the inn successfully (the Bull’s Bridge Inn is still a restaurant!) , although Mary was somewhat pressed for time having been “blessed with twenty children.” 

GEORGE & THE BRIDGE | in 1781 George Washington moved through the region on his way to Newport, R.I. to confer with the French. Late Friday, March 2, he was in Dover, stopping for the night at the Morehouse Tavern, but Saturday saw the warrior up early and making his way along what is today known as Route 55, toward the bridge that Jacob Bull kept across the Housatonic River in Kent. There was a good ford at that point during much of the year, but in March the river must have been running full with spring runoff, and in 1781 the Bull family was rebuilding the span. Mr. Fales, writer for the “Arsenal of the Revolution”, tells the following story:

” By one account, the timbers were in but the flooring not ready yet. And so a plank or two were thrown down and Mr. Bull is said to have asked George Washington to dismount and – for safety reasons – walk across while someone led his horse. No one knows what happened, but there was a scramble, shouts and a splash, and suddenly there was a horse in the water. Another account has the general’s horse twisting an ankle between the planks and falling into the river.”

BULL'S BRIDGE 2008

BULL'S BRIDGE 2008

A mystery about what actually happened but how marvelous that a General & President of the United States walked across a bridge that is still open to traffic!

In fact, Bull’s Bridge is one of only two covered bridges in Connecticut that are open to automobile traffic. There is an overlook with benches on the west side of the bridge. There are also trails along the river, some of which lead safely down the rocks to the water. Take the safest one and be sure to wear sensible shoes. One can hike farther to the south along a nice, level portion of the Appalachian Trail to a modern bridge at the confluence of the Housatonic and Ten Mile Rivers. You’ll find plenty of spots with flat, rock outcroppings where you can dip your feet.

View from Bull's Bridge

View from Bull's Bridge

Winter is especially captivating and a visit here should not be missed.

 

–IRA

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Fall in Kent: simple pleasures

 

The cows check out Ira

The cows check out Ira

Simple Pleasures Abound

Keep it Simple…the motto of our economic times. Kent, Connecticut is often described as being, “pastoral.” It’s true. We have working farms and excellent produce from them. Every Season offers opportunities to experience classic New England pleasures, many of which, are well represented in our area.

Apple-picking…an uncomplicated activity that yields more than apples, it creates peaceful memories redolent with the sights and smells of a New England Fall…pies, cider, muffins and yes, even the cows smell great.

Picking Apples...delish!

Picking Apples...delish!

Not all the apples make it into the muffins James makes…the cows like them too…perhaps this is why they smell “cidery.”

This farm is just minutes from the Inn & it’s a delicious place to visit.

—IRA

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The Magic of Kent, Connecticut

The First Snowfall of the Season & the Magic of Kent, Connecticut

Winter Wonderland in Kent, CT

Winter Wonderland in Kent, CT

I always encourage our Guests and Clients to take advantage of what’s here; exploring the natural wonders of our area and, most importantly in this economy, doing so with minimal cost.

For example….we rented Cross Country Ski’s at Back Country Outfitters in Kent and headed for the local park. We sliced through the wide-open white fields and trails surrounded by over two thousand acres. Close, inexpensive & full of Kodak moments.

Winter 2008

Winter 2008

Enjoy the delights of the Season!

—Ira

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True Gotham

Dispatches from the Front Lines of New York City Real Estate

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A site that features great Real Estate articles about a great city…New York.

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