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Bloomfield's First Art and Architecture Tour
Duncaster CCRC - Monday, October 08, 2018
BLOOMFIELD, CT Oct. 3, 2018 – Bloomfield’s first Art and Architecture Tour will be held on Sunday, October 21, from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Proceeds from the tour will support the barn roof stabilization at the historic Filley Farmstead in the LaSalette Open Space. Ironwood Community Partners, consultants in LaSalette Master Plain and the Wintonbury Historical Society are partners in presenting the tour.
The self-guided tour begins at the Fannie Gabriel History Center on 151 School St. where visitors buy tickets and obtain a tour map. After touring the nearby Old Farm School (built in 1796), visitors can visit homes spanning four centuries. The houses include the Colonial-style Rev. Hezekiah Bissell house (built in 1750 when Bloomfield was still Wintonbury Parish), Hoskins Tavern (built in 1832); a one-time 19th century tavern on the old stagecoach route that ran through Bloomfield; a mid-century modern ranch built in 1965 and a 20th century rustic log cabin with a fabulous 21st century addition.
Duncaster is playing a key role in supporting this stage of Bloomfield’s historical renaissance.Recently, Duncaster’s Community Outreach Committee awarded its largest grant, $15,000, to kick start a campaign to create an accessible walking trail through some of the town’s oldest and most historic locations. The grant comes from the proceeds of Duncaster’s annual charitable golf tournament.
The three-quarter mile trail is in the LaSalette Open Space, a 139 acre parcel strategically located across from Duncaster. The trail goes past the historic Filley House Farmstead, which includes the Oliver Filley House, an 1834 trap rock home. This landmark is on the National Register of Historic Places. The trail winds past the community gardens and ends at the LaSalette Pond. Along the way walkers can take a loop that leads to the Duncaster Pond.
“Because LaSalette Open Space is right across from our campus, we feel a kindship with it and are delighted to partner with Ironwood Community Partners and the town to make use of this historic property,” says Michael O’Brien, Duncaster’s CEO. “We are especially pleased to provide the funds to kick-start the construction of the accessible walking trail as we see it as a major benefit to people of all ages and capabilities in the town.” Ironwood Community Partners is the nonprofit consultant of LaSalette Park.
To accommodate people of all abilities, the trail will be a compacted surface that will make it easy to navigate on foot, on a bike, in a wheelchair, with a stroller or even a walker. It will be wide enough for two people to walk side-by-side and offers benches to rest along the way.
Dale Bertoldi and Vikki Reski, founders of Ironwood Community Partners, believe the Duncaster grant is just what they need to encourage other funding sources to get involved. “The total cost of the trail is estimated to be around $43,000. An initial grant this substantial will help raise the additional funds from the Department of Environmental Protection, state-sponsored trail grants, community foundations and private donations. We are so grateful to Duncaster for sharing the vision.” says Reski. “The 2017 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan projects that walking and hiking will gain popularity over the next 5-10 years. Connecting historical and natural features will add to the appeal of the trail.” The concept for the trail has been endorsed by the Bloomfield Leisure Services Department, which also lends credibility to the project.
Prices for Bloomfield’s first Art & Architecture Tour are $35, non-members, $30 for members of two organizations. To purchase tickets or learn more about the tour go to www.bloomfieldcthistory.org. Tickets are also available at the door on the day of the tour. Children (without strollers) are welcomed with supervision of parent or guardian. The event will he held rain or shine.
About Ironwood Partners
Ironwood Community Partners (ICP) is a nonprofit organization established in 2014 by a small group of professionals dedicated to helping communities preserve cultural and historic heritage to create a rich and sustainable future.ICP has undertaken a number of creative public interest design projects in the Greater Hartford region.For more information go to: ironwood community.tumblr.com
Duncaster, the Hartford area’s first LifeCare community, is located minutes from West Hartford and Simsbury in Bloomfield CT. This boutique Life Plan Community sits on 94 acres. While catering to the active and engaged in independent living neighborhoods, Duncaster also offers options for those seeking assisted living, memory care, long-term care and rehab services (all private) in intimate settings. Duncaster was voted the Best Retirement Community by readers of Hartford Magazine and the Connecticut Law Tribune. Residents have a role in governance and sit on the board – a rare distinction.
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