|Driving down the trail|
Continuing on down the four-mile paved sections of the NET, it's not far from where we left off at the Griswald House to the next big historical attraction, the Henry Whitfield State Museum. This is the oldest house in Connecticut, built in 1639, the year Guilford was founded. It's also called the Stone House, and is a landmark in Guilford (where you can also find the Stone House Restaurant and the Stone House Cafe) .
|This might be the right location|
Where the Griswald House was unassuming and easy to miss, you can't possibly miss the Stone House, in the same way you can't possibly miss the Corn Palace in South Dakota.
|There's a very old house behind all this bling|
|This is actually a real thing.|
Since this is a state facility, there were signs everywhere, including a sign designating parking for Segways. This was so unexpected I had to ask the staff about it. I haven't even seen a Segway in years, and they have special parking for them? It turns out there is a Segway rental company that advertises tours of Guilford's historic district, and the Segways were taking up all the parking places for cars. Which opens up the intriguing possibility of doing this four-mile stretch of the New England Trail by Segway. Go ahead. I dare you.
|Blue blazes go right through the complex. Visitor center is in the background.|
We were told that the inside of the Stone House is not original. Where a walk through the Griswald House was like going back in a time machine and visiting a typical house with all it's furnishings and household tools, once inside the Stone House you could be in just about any museum building. There were displays of random old things everywhere under glass cases, roped off, or suspended from the ceiling: A gun powder horn, a saw from a saw pit, furs.
|This section of the NET is called the Menunkatuck Trail|
|I have no idea.|
We breezed through the museum pretty quickly because we were getting hot, tired, and thirsty, and had just had an hour-long tour at the Griswald House.
|This part was original - a ten foot long fireplace|
|Guilford Train Station (blue blaze on telephone pole on right)|
|Up in the skyway --- on the New England Trail!|
Even at the train station there was history. Just to the east of the modern station was an older one dating back to the 1800's, now in ruins. There are efforts to preserve the old station.
|Ruins of an older train station|
|The old water tower.|
After a quick trip to the attractive town center for cold beverages (there were green/blue blazes along the way as this is a side loop for the NET), we were off to our final destination: Chittendon Park.
|Heading to the shore|
It didn't take long by car to reach the shore, and it wouldn't take that long if you were walking, either.
|Chittendon Park and Long Island Sound|
|Osprey nest (left) and Falkner Island (right distance)|
|The last few feet of trail|
|The End. Or the Beginning, depending on your point of view.|
|Quahog (pronounced Coe-hog)|
|Jingle Shell. I saved this one.|