Where In East Haddam Is...?
Find the Chairs
Visitors to six parcels in East Haddam can now sit for a spell to enjoy the sights and sounds nature offers. But we’re only giving hints on which spots since we want you to answer the question, "Where in The Town Is...?".
East Haddam resident Ethan Kerr spearheaded the placement of Adirondack chairs in the six parcels as part of his Eagle Scout project. Ethan worked to clear a nice seating area and placed a pair of chairs in three East Haddam Land Trust preserves and three East Haddam Conservation Commission reserves. The Land Trust and Conservation Commission wants individuals, hiking partners, and/or families to have some outdoor fun while finding all six sets of chairs using the clues listed below. Get trail maps here.
'Find the Chairs" continues even with snow on the ground. Even Mac O'Moodus is getting in on the fun, thanks to his creator, Roger Straub of Red Shed Studio.
Hint: Mac O'Moodus might have to use snowshoes or cross-country skis to find the chairs on snow-covered trails ... you can, too!
After locating each set of chairs take a cell phone photo of yourself and hiking companions sitting in the chairs. When all six sets of chairs have been found, email your photos to the address listed below.
Note: if you cannot find all six chairs but want to show us you've had fun sleuthing, post your photos on the East Haddam Land Trust Facebook and/or Instagram pages with #findthechairs, but don't reveal the location of your photo ... you don't want to ruin the fun for others! The Facebook and Instagram links are at the top of this web page.
Find the Chairs Clues:
A former sheep farm with a variety of terrain and habitats. A cleared section at this property's highest point has views of the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound in the distance.
The earliest settlement of East Haddam, approximately 1670, when settlers of Haddam looked east for better land. The outline of the original Episcopal church foundation, built around the time of the Revolutionary War, is still visible alongside one of the trails.
This property protects approximately 4200 feet of the Moodus River, two historic former dams and mill races that were once part of the twine industry in Moodus, and provides fishing access along the river.
This land consists of glacial gravel deposits tapering, sometimes steeply, down to wetlands bordering the reservoir. A wide diversity of birds and mammals may be seen here due to a variety of habitats.
This area was a hub of industry in the late 1700s and early 1800s and, over time, contained a mill used as a grist mill, a sawmill, a fulling mill, a blacksmith shop, and a flaxseed oil press facility.
With a man-made pond that is bound by a causeway/dam, the southern exposure can provide a perfect place to warm up on winter days. One can explore the forested areas, walk around the pond, or watch the clouds roll by in the springtime.
Find the Chairs Rules:
Find the chairs in all six (6) locations.
Take a cell phone photo of yourself sitting in one of the chairs. The photo must be dated.
Identify the location and date of each of the six (6) photos and include your name, address, and phone number.
Email all six (6) photos in a single email to CCChair@ehlt.org. Photos must be emailed by April 30, 2021.