Bugs Around Town LbNA # 26419 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Oct 14 2006|
|Last Found||Jun 13 2008|
Bugs Around Town
This is not a series on a trail. Rather, it takes you on a nice walk around the beautiful, historic downtown area of Chester, Connecticut. This is an easy walk, it would be a good one for kids. Also, it is a dog-friendly walk. (Dogs on a leash, that is.) The entire series will take you about one hour to an hour and a half to complete. If you plan it right, you can work lunch in after you find the stamps. Downtown Chester is full of yummy restaurants, most of which you will walk past on your search for letterboxes.
The Dragonfly box is missing. I hope to replace it soon. I would suggest that you still walk down into the preserve in which it was located, though. It really is a pretty spot.
The starting point for this series is the public municipal parking lot in Chester, Connecticut.
From Route 9 North: take exit 6. At the bottom of the exit ramp, go right. Follow this road, for about 1 mile, until you come to the first stop sign. At this intersection, go right onto Main Street. At the next stop sign go right onto Maple Street. Follow Maple for about 1/8 mile, on the left you will see a blue sign for the Municipal Parking Lot.
Park here (it’s free - YAY!).
From Route 9 South: Take exit 6. At the bottom of the exit ramp, go left. Follow this road for about 1 mile, until you come to the first stop sign. At this intersection, go right onto Main Street. At the next stop sign, go right onto Maple Street. Follow Maple for about 1/8 of a mile, on the left you will see a blue sign for the Municipal Parking Lot. Park here (it’s free - YIPPY!).
1. Butterfly Box
Get out of your car in the parking lot. Go to the northern corner of the lot. You will see a stair-pathway going down. Follow this pathway to where it meets the road. Across the road and to the left, you will see the entrance to the Laurel Hill Cemetery. Enter here. After entering, look on the left for a stair-pathway. (At the bottom of the path there is a tree with a white label on it that says “Town of Chester Property.”) Follow this stair pathway. About 22 paces up the path, there will be another tree on your right with another “Town of Chester” label. About 10 paces after this tree, there is a BIG tree on the right side of the path. The Butterfly Box is behind this tree, under some rocks.
2. Ladybug Box
After stamping in at the Butterfly Box, continue up the pathway into the cemetery. Right after you get into the cemetery, look NW. You will see a large monument that says Gallup, Brooks, Brothwell. Walk to this monument. Standing in front of the word “Brooks,” take a reading of 285 degrees. You will see a tree stump. The box is on the opposite side of the stump, under rocks. (BE CAREFUL, stump is on top of a steep slope.) Stamp in.
3. Dragonfly Box -- MISSING!!!
After you put the box back where you found it, walk down the hill and follow the road out of the cemetery. (As you exit the area where all the gravestones are, look to your left and you will see a spot where some beavers have been quite busy.) The road will eventually take you back to the entrance of the cemetery. When you exit the cemetery, go right. You are now walking on Main Street. Follow the sidewalk. You will pass stores and restaurants. When you get to a spot where there is an intersection in the road (Century 21 will be on your right) , continue to follow the sidewalk to the right. You are now walking on Water Street. Follow Water Street. The sidewalk will end, but keep going (be careful, this road is kind of busy). You will walk past the Herbery on your right. Immediately after the Herbery,you will go over a bridge. After the bridge, on the right, you will see the George Carini Preserve. Enter the preserve. Walk straight, to the end of the preserve, to the picnic table. At the SE corner of the table, take a bearing of 90 degrees. Walk in this direction. You will see a path that goes along the stream. Follow this path. You will pass a 3 sister tree on your left. Shortly after, you will see, on your left, a knotted “multiple sister” tree. Look in the "crotch" of this tree. Under some rocks and an old log, you will find the box. (If you are lucky, you might see some beavers or other critters.)
4. Scarab Box
After stamping in at the Dragonfly Box, exit the preserve the way you came in. As you exit the preserve, take a left onto Water Street. Follow Water Street back to the intersection with Main Street. This time, at the intersection, go right onto North Main Street. Follow North Main, you will eventually go over a bridge over a small brook. Right after this bridge, you will bear right onto Goose Hill Road. At the top of the hill, you will be able to see the Chester Meetinghouse and gazebo. Go to the gazebo. Stand facing the stairs to the gazebo. The letterbox is under the stairs on your right.
To get back to your car, walk back down the hill, the way you came. At the intersection, go straight onto Main Street. Follow Main Street, until it meets up with Maple Street (on the right). Follow Maple Street back up to the Municipal Parking lot. (OR, before you do this, walk around town some more and check out some of the nice shops and delicious restaurants.)