Litchfield County: Happening in the Hills

Cornwall

Architects

Bacon Lane Architect

Bacon Lane Architect is an architectural firm specializing in building design, investigation, and restoration including roofing, waterproofing, and facade restoration.

Bacon Lane Architect
378 Kent Road S, Cornwall Bridge
201-697-5774

Arts

Cornwall Bridge Gallery

Cornwall Bridge Gallery is a new art gallery that shows contemporary local artists. The gallery provides curatorial opportunities to artists, curators, collectors and other arts professionals, which make it an interesting mix.

Hours: Thursday-Sunday
11am-5pm, or by appointment

Cornwall Bridge Gallery
131 Kent Road South
860-672-0096

Souterrain Gallery

Situated under The Wish House shop in West Cornwall, the gallery hosts art exhibits by local artists. The opening receptions are always packed.

Souterrain Gallery
413 Sharon Goshen Turnpike
860-672-2969
wishhouse@optonline.net

Building Supplies

Northeast Building Supply

Northeast Building Supply offers windows and doors, lumber and building materials, mouldings and millwork, kitchens and cabinets, home centers, and paints and stains.

Northeast Building Supply
26 Kent Rd South, Cornwall Bridge
860-672-4000

Causes

Cornwall Conservation Trust

The Cornwall Conservation Trust is a local non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of our town’s natural assets. It is organized to provide broad public participation in its activities, and membership is open to everyone. Their mission is to conserve open space lands in Cornwall and adjacent towns and to manage those lands to promote wildlife habitat, forest improvement, water quality, farming and public recreation. 

Volunteers are always needed to help their preservation efforts.

Cornwall Conservation Trust
P.O. Box 74, West Cornwall
860-248-3255

Housatonic Valley Association

Housatonic Valley Association, a tri-state nonprofit citizen’s environmental group, works to conserve the natural character, environmental health, and the economies of our region by protecting and restoring its land and water. They protect the natural character and environmental health of the entire Housatonic Watershed for this and future generations. They monitor water quality, add sections to the Housatonic RiverBelt Greenway (linking preserved space along the Housatonic River with hiking and biking trails), and use computer mapping to help towns measure the impact and benefits of land use and development.

Volunteers are always needed at the Housatonic Valley Association.

Housatonic Vallery Association 
P.O. Box 28, 150 Kent Rd, Cornwall Bridge
860-672-6678

The Little Guild

The mission of the Little Guild is to rescue, love, and heal homeless dogs and cats and help them find the forever homes they deserve. They also serve the broader community through such programs as reduced-cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinics, a free pet food pantry, and pet-related education events.

Volunteers are often needed.

Little Guild
285 Sharon Goshen Tpke, West Cornwall
860-672-6346

Ceramics

Cornwall Bridge Pottery

Cornwall Bridge Pottery are prolific producers of wood fired pots for everyday use, and have been producing high quality, lamps, planters, plates, mugs, and bowls since 1974.

Cornwall Bridge Pottery
69 Kent Rd South, Cornwall Bridge
860-946-9679

Milkhouse Pottery

Handmade from white or brown clay in functional pieces suitable for wedding gifts, the table, kitchen, or decorative accents.

Milkhouse Pottery
30 River Rd, Cornwall Bridge
860-672-6369

Design

Bacon Lane Architect

Bacon Lane Architect is an architectural firm specializing in building design, investigation, and restoration including roofing, waterproofing, and facade restoration.

Bacon Lane Architect
378 Kent Road S, Cornwall Bridge
201-697-5774

Cornwall Bridge Pottery

Cornwall Bridge Pottery are prolific producers of wood fired pots for everyday use, and have been producing high quality, lamps, planters, plates, mugs, and bowls since 1974.

Cornwall Bridge Pottery
69 Kent Rd South, Cornwall Bridge
860-946-9679

Michael Trapp Inc.

Michael Trapp  runs an interior and garden design business that specializes in unusual and eclectic and has a reputation for originality and excellence.

Michael Trapp Inc
7 River Road, West Cornwall
860-672-6098

Milkhouse Pottery

Handmade from white or brown clay in functional pieces suitable for wedding gifts, the table, kitchen, or decorative accents.

Milkhouse Pottery
30 River Rd, Cornwall Bridge
860-672-6369

Northeast Building Supply

Northeast Building Supply offers windows and doors, lumber and building materials, mouldings and millwork, kitchens and cabinets, home centers, and paints and stains.

Northeast Building Supply
26 Kent Rd South, Cornwall Bridge
860-672-4000

Designers

Michael Trapp Inc.

Michael Trapp  runs an interior and garden design business that specializes in unusual and eclectic and has a reputation for originality and excellence.

Michael Trapp Inc
7 River Road, West Cornwall
860-672-6098

Fitness

Covered Bridge Electric Bike

Located at the historic Covered Bridge in West Cornwall. Offers electric bike sales and rentals. Enjoy local scenic rides and a fun outing. Biking is a great way to see the beautiful NW corner. They sell Yamaha, Gazelle, Magnum, GoCycle, Urban Arrow and more.

Covered Bridge Electric Bike
421 Sharon-Goshen Tpke, West Cornwall
860-248-3010

Nancy Opgaard Yoga

Known as one of the best yoga teachers in the area, Nancy Opgaard practices Ivengar and Ashtanga Yoga. Also a licensed massage therapist, Nancy has added Ayurvedic massage to her services.

Nancy Opgaard Yoga
38 Great Hill Rd
860-248-3247

Food

Cornwall Farmers’ Market

The Cornwall Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from 9am – 1:00pm, between June – October. They sell local produce such as meats, veggies, dairy, baked goods, maple syrup, herbs, and flowers.

Cornwall Farmers’ Market
413 Sharon Goshen Turnpike, Cornwall 
860-671-1545

Goods

Michael Trapp Inc.

Michael Trapp  runs an interior and garden design business that specializes in unusual and eclectic and has a reputation for originality and excellence.

Michael Trapp Inc
7 River Road, West Cornwall
860-672-6098

The Wish House

The Wish House has an eclectic array of house wares, apparel and children’s gifts. There’s a gallery of local artists’ work in the back and a greenmarket on the lawn in summer.

The Wish House
413 Sharon Goshen Turnpike, West Cornwall
860-672-2969

Jaunts

Covered Bridge Electric Bike

Located at the historic Covered Bridge in West Cornwall. Offers electric bike sales and rentals. Enjoy local scenic rides and a fun outing. Biking is a great way to see the beautiful NW corner. They sell Yamaha, Gazelle, Magnum, GoCycle, Urban Arrow and more.

Covered Bridge Electric Bike
421 Sharon-Goshen Tpke, West Cornwall
860-248-3010

Landmarks

Cornwall Bridge Railroad Station

The Housatonic Railroad was one of the first railroads to exist in the northeast. Goods flowing from the many industries of Litchfield County could then be transported to Bridgeport on Long Island Sound and then taken to New York markets via ferryboat. Construction on the Housatonic Railroad was actually begun in 1837. By February 1840, rails stretched from Bridgeport to New Milford, Connecticut. Almost two years later, in December of 1841, rails reached Canaan. Ten years later, the railroad had reached into Massachusetts and had forged links with the Western Railroad of Massachusetts, later to become the Boston & Albany Railroad.

Cornwall Bridge Railroad Station
Junction of Poppleswamp Road and Kent Rd, Cornwall
info@stbridgetct.org

West Cornwall Bridge

West Cornwall’s covered bridge is an excellent example of the Town lattice truss, with its red-spruce timbers secured by a pair of treenails (slotted and wedged to hold them in place) at every intersection. For many years it was thought that this bridge was built in 1841 to replace one washed away in the flood of 1837, but recent research by Michael R. Gannett for the Cornwall Historical Society has shown that the correct date is 1864. The center pier supporting the middle of the bridge was probably reused from the earlier structure. One source gives 1887 as the date when a secondary queen-post truss was added, probably to stiffen the bridge, since wooden trusses had a tendency to sag.In 1973 the Connecticut Department of Transportation rehabilitated the bridge by inserting a concealed steel deck to bear the weight of the traffic. The project won the Federal Highway Administration’s outstanding historic preservation award.

West Cornwall Covered Bridge
CT 128 at Housatonic River, Cornwall

Outdoors

Bread Loaf Mountain

Bread Loaf Mountain is steep and can be a challenge, but once you reach the top, the views are beautiful. The trail is clearly marked and well maintained.

Bread Load Mountain

Clarke Outdoors

If you are looking for rafting and canoe trips with scheduled drop-off and pick-up, then Clarke Outdoors is for you. Rafting on the Housatonic River is generally safe as it moves at a steady pace. Canoeing can be a bit nerve wracking because of the currents and rocks. They provide all of the equipment.

Clarke Outdoors
163 Route 7, West Cornwall
860-672-6365

Housatonic Anglers

Rob Nicholas of Housatonic Anglers is a veteran angler, expert fly tier, and guide in the area. He will show you the best places for fishing. Tends to be booked up, so plan ahead.

Housatonic Anglers
26 Bolton Hill Rd, Cornwall
860-672-4457

Mohawk Mountain Ski Area

Whether you ski downhill, snowboard, or just watch, Mohawk is a great place to be on a beautiful winter’s day. The full-service alpine ski center offers rentals, and lessons, and has a ski shop. There are cross-country trails for snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing at the top of the mountain, but they are not maintained or connected to the ski area. Don’t forget there’s dining in the lodge.

Tubing, the latest addition to the lineup of winter fun activities, is now offered Thursday through Sunday. 

Mohawk Mountain
46 Great Hollow Road, Cornwall
860-672-6100

Mohawk State Park

Mohawk State park is known for its fabulous views and fall foliage, and 30 miles of hiking trails complete with bogs and ponds at this wildlife sanctuary. Bring a picnic. Access to the state park is off of Route 4 in Cornwall.

Mohawk State Park

Pursuits

Cornwall Historical Society

The Cornwall Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and presentation of the history of Cornwall and its people.

Cornwall Historical Society
7 Pine St, Cornwall
860-672-0505

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