Litchfield County: Happening in the Hills

Cornwall

Architects

Bacon Lane Architect

Architectural firm specializing in building design, investigation, and restoration including roofing, waterproofing, and facade restoration.

378 Kent Road S, Cornwall Bridge
201-697-5774
baconlanearch.com

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

131 Kent Road South
860.672.0096
www.cornwallbridgegallery.com

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.
413 Sharon Goshen Turnpike
860.672.2969
wishhouse@optonline.net

Building Supplies

Northeast Building Supply

Offers windows and doors, lumber and building materials, mouldings and millwork, kitchens and cabinets, home centers, and paints and stains.

26 Kent Rd South, Cornwall Bridge
860-672-4000
northeastco.com

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.

PO Box 74, West Cornwall
860-248-3255
cornwallconservationtrust.org

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.

P.O. Box 28, 150 Kent Road, Cornwall Bridge
860-672-6678
hvatoday.org

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.

285 Sharon Goshen Turnpike, West Cornwall
860-672-6346
littleguild.org

Ceramics

Cornwall Bridge Pottery

Prolific producers of wood fired pots for everyday use, they have been producing high quality, lamps, planters, plates, mugs, and bowls since 1974.

69 Kent Rd South, Cornwall Bridge
860-946-9679
cbpots.com

Milkhouse Pottery

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

30 River Rd, Cornwall Bridge
860-672-6369
milkhousepottery.net

Design

Bacon Lane Architect

Architectural firm specializing in building design, investigation, and restoration including roofing, waterproofing, and facade restoration.

378 Kent Road S, Cornwall Bridge
201-697-5774
baconlanearch.com

Cornwall Bridge Pottery

Prolific producers of wood fired pots for everyday use, they have been producing high quality, lamps, planters, plates, mugs, and bowls since 1974.

69 Kent Rd South, Cornwall Bridge
860-946-9679
cbpots.com

Milkhouse Pottery

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

30 River Rd, Cornwall Bridge
860-672-6369
milkhousepottery.net

Northeast Building Supply

Offers windows and doors, lumber and building materials, mouldings and millwork, kitchens and cabinets, home centers, and paints and stains.

26 Kent Rd South, Cornwall Bridge
860-672-4000
northeastco.com

Fitness

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.

38 Great Hill Road
860.248-3247
www.nancyopgaard.com

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.

413 Sharon Goshen Turnpike, Cornwall 
860.671.1545
www.cornwallcoopfarmarket.com

Goods

Michael Trapp

Michael Trapp is a dealer in antiques and architectural fragments. His shop is amazing. He also offers interior and garden design services. The shop is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-5pm. To visit at other times, call to make an appointment. Not to be missed.
7 River Road
West Cornwall
office@michaeltrapp.com
860.672.6098
www.michaeltrapp.com

The Wish House

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.
www.wishhouse.com

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.

Junction of Poppleswamp Road and Kent Road, Cornwall
info@stbridgetct.org
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.

CT 128 at Housatonic River, Cornwall
cornwallct.org

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.

www.berkshirehiking.com

Clark Outdoors

If you are looking for rafting and canoe trips with scheduled drop-off and pick-up, then Clarke’s 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.
www.clarkeoutdoors.com

Housatonic Anglers

Rob Nicholas 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.
www.housatonicanglers.com

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. 

46 Great Hollow Road
www.mohawkmtn.com

Mohawk State Forest

Known for its fabulous views and fall foliage, there’s 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.
www.berkshirehiking.com

Pursuits

Cornwall Historical Society

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

7 Pine Street, Cornwall
860-672-0505
cornwallhistoricalsociety.org

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