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.
11am-5pm, or by appointment
131 Kent Road South
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
This animal shelter finds homes for hundreds of dogs and cats each year. Volunteers are often needed.
Saturdays, 9am – 1:00pm
June – October
413 Sharon Goshen Turnpike
We are devoted fans of this local farm that sells scrumptious ground beef for hamburgers. The proprietors do not utilize hormones or antibiotics on their cattle which is grass-fed and raised in Cornwall Hollow. If you have ample freezer space, it might be worth buying their beef by the quarter, half or whole cow. Call ahead.
Delicious fresh eggs and pasture-raised chickens as well as 100% grass fed Black Angus cows and heritage breed pigs are at the forefront of Long Meadow Farm’s products. At their farm store they also sell pork, sausages, lamb, and much more, including seasonal vegetables with a focus on tomatoes, potatoes and onions. Although they are not certified organic, they have signed the CTNOFA pledge try to follow organic principals as much as possible. Call to see if they will deliver.
92 Town Street
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
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 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
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
This hike is steep and can be a challenge, but the once you reach the top, the views are beautiful. The trail is clearly marked and well maintained.
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.
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.
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.
46 Great Hollow Road
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.
The CCT is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the town’s natural assets. It is organized to provide broad public participation in its activities, and membership is open to everyone.
The Cornwall Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and presentation of the history of Cornwall and its people.
7 Pine Street