|Address: 9 Key Rock and Boggs Hill Road
Donors: Charles Blakeman (1964 - 99 acres), Clara Tead (1965 - 10 acres), Charles Ferris (1969 - 11 acres),
Andrew Daruka (1980 - 14 acres), Others (14 acres)
NFA owned acres preserved: 148 acres actual (143 acres per sign)
Abutting Preserved Property:
Town owned > 8-10 acres
Parking and access: On-street - Drummer's Lane
Trails: Yes - wet and not well define
The parcel has inherent qualities which constitute significant community value. The swamp is the headwater area
of the North Branch of the Pootatuck River. As such, it is itegerant to the Pootatuck Aquifer - one of the
important, stratified drift aquifers in the lower Housatonic River Basin.
One past member wrote, "Access from Key Rock Road is formidable and rapidly declines in human adaptability..."
as broach through the swamp. Better access can be had from the Drummer's Lane on the corner with Rt. 302.
This past member went on to say, "The piece de resistance, of course, is Key Rock --- a massive elliptically
shaped exposure of bedrock protruding from the heart of the swamp. One can ascend to the summit of this
vantage point, recline, and postulate the Pleistoceneic origin of the area. Those who achieve this goal have
experienced a degree of solitude known to few Newtown residents."
The property lines were marked with new signs in the spring of 2004. The Rock eluded the team on its sign
posting venture as it is speculated to have sunken deep within the swamp beyond our hikers reach.
A difficult and wet hike, however, this property has some hidden gems and some enormous Shag Bark Hickory,
White Oak and American Beech trees.
|Photo Taken 11/13/04