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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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Best Present for the HolidDAZE…get a GIFT Certificate from the Inn!

Celebrate together with a Gift Certificate

TREAT SOMEONE YOU CARE ABOUT

GIFT CERTIFICATES from The Inn at Kent Falls are an elegant, thoughtful solution to Gift giving because they can easily be customized for the recipient.

Spa Stays, Special Stays…be imaginative (we LOVE that!). Just go to our webpage, fill out our Online Form and email it back to us.

Oh…you might like to know that for every $100, you spend, you’ll receive $10 off. Happy Holidays!

–Ira Goldspiel, Owner | THE INN AT KENT FALLS

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About this Blog & The Inn at Kent Falls in Connecticut

THE INN AT KENT FALLS

as Featured in Country Home, Traveler & The Best of Connecticut Magazines | The Northwest Hills of Connecticut are brimming with opportunities to enjoy both natural and cultural events. This Kent Falls Blog will not only function as your Area Guide, it will also feature up-to-date articles on Litchfield Real Estate, providing information that will help you make more informed decisions, particularly now, in these challenging times.

Classic new England bathroom at The Inn at Kent Falls

Classic New England bathroom at The Inn at Kent Falls

ABOUT US | As a merchandising guru in New York City’s fast-paced fashion industry, Ira Goldspiel – owner of The Inn at Kent Falls – looked forward to weekend escapes in the tranquil Connecticut countryside. A few years ago he escaped for good by trading in his city flat for a colonial-style Bed & Breakfast in Kent, located within the Litchfield Hills region in the northwest corner of the state.

Ira restored and updated the 1741 structure. Six spacious guest rooms, decorated in a simple yet elegant country modern style, feature spa-like baths. Guests start their day with fresh fruit and Ira’s homemade granola on the screened porch. They go antiquing or explore nature trails by foot, bike, or horseback and are always welcome to read by the pool or mingle with other guests in the den. Rates start at $195. There are many marvelous Winter Specials that include Ski Packages, Romantic Getaway’s, Christmas & New Years Stays.

Oh, yes. If you’re looking for Litchfield County properties,  Ira Goldspiel is an Associate of Sotheby’s International Realty and is known for his dedicated & courteous professionalism.

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Exploring | Great Williamstown Inn

Williamstown, Massachusets

Williamstown, Mass

JOURNEYS; 36 Hours | Williamstown, Mass. 
Published: May 24, 2002 – New York Times 

After working this past July 4th weekend, I really needed a break and found this lovely Inn on over 300 acres. Many of our guests ask for places to go to extend their trip. This is definitely one of them.

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All About Covered Bridges

Bulls Bridge in Kent, Connecticut

Bulls Bridge in Kent, Connecticut

Engineering marvels of their time, the historic covered bridges of Litchfield Hills provide a scenic backdrop for picture perfect photos anytime of year. Best of all, two of three covered bridges in Northwest Connecticut can still be crossed by auto traffic.

After exploring New Milford, take Rte. 7 north for 10 scenic miles following the serpentine course of the Housatonic River to South Kent. Here you will find Bull’s Bridge whose roots date to the Revolution. The bridge you see today was rebuilt in 1842 using the town and queen truss design. Over the years, one bridge replaced another as each was washed away by high water and ice. During the Revolutionary War, Kent supplied the Continental Army with iron ore, goods and soldiers.
Local history has documented that George Washington had an accident at Bull’s Bridge in 1781. What happened has never been told in detail, but one thing is clear; one of his horses, perhaps his own mount, fell in the raging Housatonic River. One exciting bit of confirmation appears in George Washington’s own expense account for March 3, 1781. The first travel expense of the day noted: getting a horse out of Bull’s Bridge Falls, $215. The amount spent indicates that it involved quite a rescue operation. It must have taken time and the General was on his way to make plans with the French for naval support of New York. Any ordinary horse might have been allowed to stay in the river. It might be assumed that this was no ordinary horse, and that perhaps it was Washington’s own mount. Today, we can only wonder.
Continuing on Rte. 7 north, take time to explore the center of Kent before visiting Kent Falls State Park. Here you will find an excellent reproduction of a Town lattice-type covered bridge common in the area. Itiel Town, an architect from New Haven CT patented a lattice truss design in 1820 that was used in all three-area bridges, as well as in covered bridges nationwide. This design allowed builders to make longer, stronger covered bridges. Continue on Rte. 7 north past bucolic scenes reminiscent of classic postcards and calendars depicting rural New England to the jct. of Rte. 7 and 128. Spanning the Housatonic River, the iconic barn red West Cornwall covered bridge is a symbol of the early history of the area.
Known locally as a “Kissing Bridge” because of its long dark span that encouraged carriages to slow just long enough for courtship, the bridge was built in 1841. Using an Ithiel Town design, the bridge has an intricate Town and Queen truss lattice pattern made from red spruce. The bridge marks the boundary between the towns of Sharon and Cornwall. If time allows, be sure to explore the quaint village of West Cornwall. Today, we can admire this photogenic gem thanks to the citizens of Cornwall, who worked to save the bridge from being phased out. In 1973, their efforts were rewarded nationally by winning first prize as an “Outstanding Example of Preservation of a Historic Site” from the Federal Highway Administration.

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