Our Town

Hampton is a bucolic town nestled in Eastern Connecticut’s Last Green Valley.  In Hampton you will find: a day care, Hampton Elementary School, farms, state forests,  and nature sanctuaries. This page is just a snap shot of reasons as to why the property is completely unsuitable for a State Police Gun Range. We respectfully ask State Police to move on.

The property is directly behind Mossy Rock Children’s Garden.

Children playing at Mossy Rock Children's Garden, October 2013.

Children playing at Mossy Rock Children’s Garden, Hampton CT, October 2013.

Hampton Elementary School is about two miles from the proposed gun range property.

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Solar panels on the roof of Hampton Elementary School. The project was completed using incentives from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund.

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A group of third graders ask State Representative Doug Dubitsky (center) questions during his visit to Hampton Elementary School in 2015.

The property is also directly behind Turtle Ledge Farm certified organic by Bay State Organic Certifiers.

Co-owner Richard Bass gathers “skyscraper” peas for Turtle Ledge Farm’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program.

Goodwin State Forest is a popular hiking, and boating spot in our town. You will often find groups of young environmentalists (children as young as three years old!) hiking and engaging in hands on learning activities as part of a class lead by Goodwin’s Naturalists. For upcoming events and classes visit friendsofgoodwinforest.org. Check out this video https://youtu.be/2d1ZDVEyOIE to learn more about Goodwin State Forest.

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Great Blue Heron Goodwin State Forest, Hampton, CT.

Pine Acres Lake Goodwin State Forest Hampton, CT

Pine Acres Lake Goodwin State Forest Hampton, CT

Natchaug State Forest encompasses the norther border of our town and is a popular hiking and camping spot. Next to Natchaug State Forest is the Edwin Way Teale Memorial Sanctuary or “Trail Wood” for short. This 168 acre gem is managed as a nature preserve by the Connecticut Audubon Society. “Trail Wood” was the home of naturalist, photographer and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Edwin Way Teale and his wife Nellie. Teale’s book, A Naturalist Buys an Old Farm (1974), is a chronicle of this property.

In 2013, Yankee Magazine named Trail Wood as one of Connecticut’s two best nature sanctuaries-the second is Connecticut Audubon Society’s 700 acre Bafflin Sanctuary in Pomfret.-CTaudubon.org

Meadows, a network of trails, two ponds, and a writer’s cabin are some of the many captivating features of this sanctuary. Every year “Trail Wood” accepts applications for the Edwin Way Teale Artist-in-Residence Program. Artists who complete this program are captivated and inspired by this little Eden. Read more at Six Days in Eden theday.com.

The writer's cabin overlooks a small pond at the Edwin Way Teale Memorial Sanctuary, Hampton, CT.

The writer’s cabin overlooks a small pond at the Edwin Way Teale Memorial Sanctuary, Hampton, CT.

An opening in a stone wall leads to a meadow at the Edwin Way Teale Memorial Sanctuary, Hampton, CT.

An opening in a stone wall leads to a meadow in the Edwin Way Teale Memorial Sanctuary, Hampton, CT.