This day has been the longest drive we’ve had thus far, and the foliage is really getting amazing. The reds and oranges are still patchy amidst the green, so I expect more to come, but today has been sunny and glorious, and the views of the trees spectacular.
We continued on from Hartford along rural roads, directing the Google Maps lady to help us avoid highways. We stopped for a few brief photo ops along the way. First was the home where Jonathan Edwards was born (1703), in South Windsor, CT.Anderson House (1702) in Enfield, a beautifully restored Colonial house. George Washington might have once slept in this house. Directly to the right of that was a stone marking the site of the church in Enfield where Jonathan Edwards preached his famous “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” sermon on July 8, 1741.
Next we passed Enfield’s Old Town Hall (1775, Greek Revival), and Enfield Congregational Church (1849, Greek Revival).
In the evening we had the most amazing serendipitous discovery. We were dining in Hadley at Alina’s Italian restaurant (turned out to be delicious – I highly recommend it), and as we parked the car we noticed a tree-lined double-wide street with very old houses along it. We decided to walk its length and back. Many of the houses were marked with dates in the 18th century. We knew we had stumbled on something special. I had not known anything of Hadley other than the strip of Rte 9 with malls and movie theatres, and some farmland on a parallel road. But a quick Google search revealed that this was West Street Common, the original center of town and the longest public green in Massachusetts. Hadley was settled in 1659 and became a town in 1661.