Every now and then I want to write about an offbeat destination in Connecticut, which doesn’t get the attention it deserves when it comes to tourism.
If you want expansive views of New England and a touch of Scotland, you should consider paying a visit to Connecticut’s Silver City, Meriden. The city was the hub of manufacturing in the 1800’s and among other things, silver was one of the key products, which explains the nickname.
Hubbard Park, the largest municipal park in New England is located here. Designed by none other than Frederick Law Olmsted of the famed Central Park in Manhattan,the main attraction of the park is Castle Craig which has a stone slab dedication that dates back to 29th October 1900 and reads as follows: “Castle Craig Tower stands 32 feet high on 976 foot east peak in Meriden’s Olmsted designed Hubbard Park. It has the distinction of being the highest point within 25 miles of the coast from Maine to Florida. Its design origins are clouded. Some say its native trap rock construction resembles Norman watchtowers on Europe’s Rhine River while others claim it was modeled and named after an ancient castle in Scotland.”
The castle is the ultimate lookout point, especially in autumn. For miles beyond, all you can see is the scattering of red, gold and orange against the clear blue sky. Apart from a road which is open from May through October from 10 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., there are quite a few hiking trails in the park, one of which lead up to the castle. Entry is free and pets are welcome.
With or without the vibrant colors of fall foliage, the place is well worth a visit.