Stillwater Pond State Park

900 Norfolk Road,, Torrington, CT 06759.

Torrington. From jct. of Rte. 4 and 272 take Rte. 272 north for 1.4 mi. Serene pond with boat ramp offers good fishing. The mountain to the west of the pond was where famous abolitionist John Brown was born. In 1800 Brown captured the Federal armory at Harper's Ferry in hopes of arming southern slaves. He was tried, convicted and hung becoming a symbol of freedom to Northern abolitionists.

Tarrywile Mansion and Park

70 Southern Blvd., Danbury, CT

 I-84 Exit 3 to 70 Southern Blvd. Explore over 21 miles of hiking trails or come visit the historic Tarrywile Mansion. 720 acres of fields, forests, ponds, and wetlands with abundant flora and fauna. Park open sunrise to sunset. Mansion open by appt. only Mon.-Fri. 8:30– 4:30. (203) 744-3130.

Topsmead

Litchfield, CT

Litchfield. One mi. east of Litchfield Center; Rte. 118, right on East Litchfield Rd., right on Buell Rd., Topsmead first road on right. An English Tudor style house on 511 acres open for guided tours June- Oct. on 2nd and 4th weekends of each month from 12 - 5. Grounds open year round for hiking, picnicking, birding and x-country skiing. (860) 567-5694. Charge: none.

Weir Farm

735 Nod Hill Rd, Ridgefield, CT 06897.

735 Nod Hill Rd., Rte. 7 to Rte. 102 west, 2nd left on Old Branchville Rd., left at first stop sign on Nod Hill Rd. Ridgefield/Wilton. (203) 834-1896. Once the home and workplace of J. Alden Weir (1852-1919), this park is now considered to be the best preserved landscape associated with American Impressionism. Workshops & classes: (203) 761-9945. Grounds open daily dawn to dusk. Visitor Center open year-round; hours vary seasonally.