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Location 40 West Avenue
Lat, Long 41.353066, -72.397434
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Description Granite pillars mark the main entrance to Cross Lots, Essex’s “downtown” open space. The former farm dates back to 1840 and today consists of open hilltop, wooded groves and rolling meadows along with finely-coursed stone walls topped with monolithic capstones. A post-and-beam barn at the West Avenue parking lot is all that remains of the farm. The main house, which was demolished, was on the hilltop. Horses and cows grazed in surrounding pastures. The 16-acre homestead was bequeathed to the Essex Land Trust by Harriet Cheney Downing, who grew up there. Downing’s father, George L. Cheney, was head of Pratt, Read and Company of Deep River, maker of ivory products. Cross Lots’ grasses, shrubs, hedgerows and stone walls provide habitat for a myriad of songbirds and small mammals. The dogwood grove is a spectacular sight in spring, and the trees provide food for wintering birds. Silver maples and evergreens dominate the upper reaches, while red maple and winterberry border the wooded wetland. In Essex – entrance on West Avenue, diagonally across from the Essex Public Library.
Keywords Essex Land Trust, Hiking, Connecticut, Harriet Cheney Downing
Updated on 2019-06-24
Created on 2016-02-08
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