Begin the day by taking a walk up the path toward our village, stopping first at the Mohegan campsite. See an animal hide being brain tanned and talk to Historians about life in the local forests. Learn about the use of these woods for hunting, planting and harvesting by our native friends.
Upon entering town, the unmistakable sound of the anvil's ring will be coming from the Blacksmith's Shop. Stop by to see the town smithy pump the mighty bellows, making utensils used by the local townsfolk. The sound of the school bell will greet you as you walk out of the Blacksmith's Shop. See the children running around the flagpole in front of the one room schoolhouse. Talk with the teacher and learn about education in 1750.
Entering the large post and beam barn will transport you to a Woodworking Shop where chairs are made and household items are carved. Adjacent to the Woodworking Shop sits a Chandler, dipping candles and discussing their uses in 18th Century.
The smell of the camp fire and the occasional sound of a musket firing might attract your attention. Walk into an encampment of the townsfolk who share their allegiance with the British flag during this controversial time. You may even meet members of the Hebron community who have taken a stand with the revolutionary rebels.
Textiles may be items that we take for granted today. However, it was not so in 1750. Visit the local carriage shed to observe the delicate stitching and demanding work put into creating textiles. Finish your walk across the town green by discussing the transformation of open land into crop filled fields, with a colonial farmer and talk to homesteader as he fashions the timbers of his new home.
All of these things and more are part of the Hebron Colonial Day, typically the 3rd Saturday in Sept. at 326 Gilead St. sponsored by Country Carpenters, Inc. We hope to see you!
Governor M. Jodi Rell announced today that goods such as furniture, flooring, lumber and fencing made from wood harvested in Connecticut forests will now bear the popular “Connecticut Grown” marketing label.
“Expanding the ‘Connecticut Grown’ label to forestry products makes absolute sense and will give these products a stronger presence in the marketplace,” Governor Rell said. “This initiative will appeal to the growing number of consumers who choose to buy locally grown materials and be a boost for our forest products industry and the jobs it creates.”
“We can all take great pride in our homegrown products and the responsible management of the land. Caring correctly for our renewable, natural resources ultimately allow us to reduce our carbon footprint,” Governor Rell said.
The Connecticut Grown Program was developed in 1986, when the green and blue logo was created to identify agricultural products grown in the state. Over the past two decades, a strong marketing and outreach effort has established Connecticut Grown as a well-known and popular program.
“Connecticut’s foresters are committed to managing our forests in a responsible way to ensure a continual source of valuable products for future generations by applying long-term forest stewardship principles,” Department of Environmental Commissioner Amey Marrella said. “Supporting the forestry industry by purchasing Connecticut Grown products is our way to give back to the local economy, and through the Connecticut Grown logo we will know that each and every forest product came from local wood grown in Connecticut’s forests.”
Department of Agriculture Commissioner F. Philip Prelli praised the expansion of the program, which has helped widely promote and grow the state’s farming economy.
“The wood industry is not only an important component to our working woodlands, it is a valuable resource that our citizens utilize on a daily basis and the sustainability of this resource is what our CT Grown program is all about,” Commissioner Prelli said. “The proper maintenance of our forests provides a continuing agricultural product in our wood.”
State DEP and Agriculture officials formally launched the expanded program at a special ceremony today at Early New England Homes by Country Carpenters in Bolton.
Expansion of the Connecticut Grown program to include products from Connecticut forests is the result of an agreement between DEP and DOA. To be given permission to attach the Connecticut Grown labeling to their products, companies must first participate in a rigorous certification process to ensure that the Connecticut Grown label is only used on forestry products made from Connecticut lumber, similar to what exists for agricultural products.
With 1.7 million acres, or about 60 percent of its land area, in forest, Connecticut is one of the most heavily forested states in the nation. Ironically, Connecticut is also one of the most densely populated states.
Connecticut’s forests and trees add immensely to the quality of life for the people of the state. Not only do they produce locally grown forest products, they filter the air that is breathed, safeguard private and public drinking water sources, provide essential habitat for wildlife, and moderate summer and winter temperatures near homes.
Whether people in Connecticut live in an urban, suburban, or rural setting, they are connected to trees. By buying "Connecticut Grown" forest products, they help to foster sustainable practices.
To learn more about Connecticut Grown expanding to include forestry products, call DEP’s Division of Forestry at (860) 424-3630.
Each year Country Carpenters is open free to the public during the Hebron Maple Festival with their many traditional activities that focus on the colonial era. Country Carpenters is located at 326 Gilead Street (Route 85, north of the center of town), across the street from the Hebron Lions Fairgrounds.
Country Carpenters is open on both Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m