Happy Birthday LbNA # 23304
|Placed Date||Jun 27 2006|
|Location||Wisnieski Rd, Canterbury, CT|
|Last Found||Jul 17 2011|
Planted by Kinne Preserve
From the intersection of Rt.14 and Rt.169, go west on Rt.14 (1.4mi). Turn left on Lisbon Rd.(.2mi). Turn right on Kinne Rd.(1.1mi). Turn left on Corey Rd.(.3mi) and left on Wisnieski Rd. The Kinne Preserve is at the end on the left. There is a small area for parking.
Enter the trail between the two signs that say NO MOTOR VEHICLES BEYOND THIS POINT. Follow the red trail until the fork and bear to the right.
You are looking for a shrub called Witch Hazel.
If you are walking in late spring-early fall, observe the leaves on the trees and shrubs along the trail. The leaves on Witch hazel are oblong (egg-shaped) and have a scalloped edge. When you think you have found it, take a closer look at the leaves. Some will have little, pointed growth on them that look like a witch's hat.
If you are walking in the fall, after the leaves have dropped, you will be looking for a shrub with clusters of slender, yellow petals.
There are several Witch hazels in this area. Behind them is a tree and behind it is the Happy Birthday Kinne Preserve Letterbox. If you come to a tree with 2 trunks, close to the trail, you have gone too far.
Facts About Witch Hazel:
Witch Hazel is a shrub that grows in the forests of CT, western RI, and southeastern MA.. Native Americans used the bark and trigs to treat many ailments. They passed their knowledge to early settlers. In 1866, Rev. Thomas Newton Dickinson Sr. began producing Witch Hazel in Essex, CT. The company is now called Dickinson Brands, Inc. They are the largest marketer and distributor of Witch Hazel in the US, producing 2 million gallons a year used mostly for skin irritations.