Kent, located in the bucolic Litchfield Hills of northwest Connecticut was literally built on the foundation of the iron industry that began in these hills before the town was even founded.
The Kent Historical Society is taking a close look this summer at iron and what it took to make the metal with “Iron, Wood and Water: Essential Elements of the Evolution of Kent,” which opens to the public Saturday, July 5 at the Seven Hearths Museum located on 4 Studio Hill Rd. just off Rte. 7, a mile or so north of Kent center.
The lives of people employed in the industry are revealed through careful genealogical research and large scale graphics to bring these people to life. Visitors are asked to imagine what life was like for the iron master, a furnace worker, a collier, a teamster and an ore bed miner.
Seven Hearths will be open to the public weekends during August and September from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information about the exhibit can be found at http://www.kenthistoricalsociety.org
After enjoying the exhibit, be sure to explore the shops in the center of Kent that offer a choice selection of apparel for men and women. arts and crafts. Asian and African art and antiquities and antique and vintage jewelry. Stop in for a bite at the popular Fife n’ Drum Restaurant or for a sweet treat at Kent Coffee and Chocolate Shop.
For information on what to see and do in Litchfield Hills visit www.litchfieldhills.com