Bozrah Name LbNA # 3041 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Jun 1 2002|
Planted by Bonnie and Clyde Gang, June 2002
1 Hour Loop at Bear Hill Wildlife Management Area. Please wear blaze orange from Oct. - May.
This series of 2 boxes is being planted in honor of Bozrah's name. There is no other town in the United States by the name of Bozrah. It is indeed a Biblical name, and is mentioned in Micah: 2, 12: "I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, a the flock in the midst of their fold; they shall make a great noise by reason of the multitude of men." On the other hand, in Jeremiah: 49, 13, the account of Bozrah is not so pleasant, "I have sworn by myself, saith the Lord, that Bozrah become a desolation, a reproach, a waste, a curse." However, legend has it that Bozrah was named by the following account.
Bozrah was originally named New Concord in 1737 as a Fourth Society of Norwich. It remained so until the citizens in 1786 requested to become a separate town from Norwich. They wanted their "new" town to be named "Bath" after the famous and glamourous spa town in England. The people sent a representative to appear before the General Assembly in Hartford to make the request. According to the story, the chosen man was somewhat eccentric and wore brightly colored dyed clothes to appear before the Assembly. When the Assembly members saw him, they thought of the verse from Isaiah 63,I: "Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah?" The members ignored the request of "Bath" and incorporated the town with the name of "Bozrah."
There are indeed Bozrahs in the world such as a remote desert town in Syria and a Bozrah in Bosnia. But the residents of Bozrah can boast that their town name is the only one in the US.
From Rt 2, take Exit 23 and go south on Rt 163. After about 2 miles, take second left onto Bishop Rd. (Note WMA sign.) At stop sign, go straight onto Bear Hill Rd. Go up hill and park at very end.
Head SSW through metal gate by barn. Stay on main path keeping large meadow on your right. Watch out for bees here in summer and look for many beautiful butterflies. Stay on main road as it curves west and then south again. The path goes down and curves through a recently semi-cleared area. You will see two trees standing sentry over the path. When you come to the first stonewall, walk left 16 steps to the birch tree. Look low in the north side of wall for the "Dyed Garments from Bozrah" letterbox.
After stamping in and carefully rehiding the box, return to main path and continue down hill. You will cross another overgrown field on a diagonal and curve through to yet another field where you will see a radio antennae ahead of you. Continue down on the main path and you will soon come to the woods.Continue a little ways. You will pass by what is left of an old stone wall. Keep going. As you enter the deeper part of the woods and you start to circle around left, pass by a large cairn of rocks on your left. Immediately ahead is a stonewall. From the corner of the stonewall on your left, walk in 7 paces and look in wall for the "Bozrah Sheep on a Hill" Letterbox.
Continue on main path, bearing left at the fork. You will eventually exit the woods and be back up on the meadow area where you began. Please note that the path becomes somewhat overgrown after exiting the woods. We followed the path by following what seemed to be asphalt crumbles on the ground. You will eventually be in the first field where you started by the barn, and back to your car.
We hope you enjoyed your hike in Bozrah. Only 5 minutes away by car is the "William Irving Broken Heart" Letterbox in Johnson Cemetary. Please visit that one too!!