Tour of the Last Green Valley

A beautiful day greeted our group of 11 cars for the second annual tour. The “Last Green Valley’ is a National Heritage Corridor area incorporating 35 towns in Connecticut and Massachusetts, with 1,100 square miles of irreplaceable historic and natural resources. Seventy-five percent of the area is in forest and farm lands. A group of us met for breakfast at Charlene’s Diner in Jewett City while others awaited us at the starting point at the Green Onion Pizza parking lot. After a brief drivers meeting the group headed North on Route 169 through the towns of Canterbury and Brooklyn, crossing Routes 6 and 44. Beautiful farm land and several private schools bordered the route. In Woodstock the group attended the Roseland Cottage Fine Arts and Craft Festival. This craft fair is one of the best of the fall season, offering 175 artisans and their wares: jewelry, woodworking, pottery, etc. were on display. Tours of Roseland Cottage, a 1840s Gothic Revival cottage were offered. The group then headed off to the Traveler Restaurant in Union, Connecticut. A long table was set up for us and the group had a leisurely lunch talking about our cars and other common interests. After lunch several of the cars left for home while the rest of the group continued the drive back South along Routes 89 and 97 to end up in Occum, CT. All in all, a spectacular fall drive. Thanks to Roger for helping to make the Second Tour of the Last Green Valley a great success. Submitted by Frank La Sala