In spite of the hilly terrain and rocky soil that gave Yankee farmers the wherewithal for miles and miles of stone walls, Eastern Connecticut yields crops of note-for example the aromatic harvest at Capriland Herb Farm in Coventry (1). Nathan Hale’s family home is in the same town, a reminder of the state’s role in American history. Farther along the loop, surrounded by farmland is the University of Connecticut in Storrs (2). It began as a school of agriculture and you can still visit the animal barns and buy mouthwatering ice cream at the dairy store, but other attractions have been added-the William Benton Art Gallery, the Museum of Natural History, and cultural programs of all sorts at Jorgensen Auditorium. Winding roads lead to Brooklyn (3), where a majestic statue commemorates local hero General Israel Putnam. Subject of countless tales and legends, old Put is credited with giving the orders at Bunker Hill, ‘Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes Scarcely two miles up the road, twentieth century art blossoms at the New England Center for Contemporary Art (Brooklyn Rte. 169). Along with the unspoiled scenery, farther north in Woodstock (4) you will find a marvelous example of carpenter gothic architecture, Henry Bowen’s vivid pink summer home, Roseland Cottage.
DRIVING TIP: Approximately 100 driving miles.
Begin on I-84 Exit 67. Go south on Rts-e.31 to jct. Rte. 44. Take Rte. 44 east to jct. Rte.195.n. Go south on Rte. 195 to jct. Rte. 6. Take Rte. 6 east to Brooklyn. Take Rte.169 north to North Woodstock. Go west on Rtes. 197 and 190 to I-84 Exit 73. Take I-84 west to close the loop.
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