Gay City State Park, Connecticut

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Located on the Hebron-Bolton town line, Gay City's 1,569 acres of parkland offer swimming, picnicking and an almost endless opportunity for exploration. The name "Gay City" derives from a now-extinct mill town that once occupied the site. Today only some tumbling stone foundations, several grass-filled cellar holes and a few silent tombstones suggest its former existence.
Gay City was first settled in 1796 by a religious sect led by Elijah Andrus and later by Rev. Henry P. Sumner. The Gays soon comprised the majority of the 25 or more families who then lived in the community. The residents kept strictly to themselves, existing as distinctly separate from the neighboring communities. They built a sawmill along the Black Ledge River and erected homes from the lumber.
Gay City's fate changed with the successes and failures of several commercial enterprises. A woolen mill on the site 1/4 mile below the present pond was a successful business until extreme pressures caused by the various blockades during the War of 1812 brought its closing. Once revived, the mill burned to the ground in 1830, beginning the town's decline with the exodus of many people to urban factory jo

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Gay City State Park is the remnants of an 18th century abandoned mill town in Hebron, Connecticut. As such, there are water ditches, old houses, and stone walls, a New England tradition. The park is located on Route 85, near the border of Bolton. The name "Gay City" comes from the name of the ancient mill town the park includes. The park has deep forest to hike through, a pond that attracts ducks, streams, and marshland. Surrounding the lakeshore are picnic tables. An impressive trail system guides visitors on their way through the park. Local lore has it that the park is haunted.
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N 41°38.76'

W 72°25.91562'

An extensive trail system is maintained in cooperation with the Connecticut Forest and Park Association, which provides volunteer assistance...

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N 41°38.76'

W 72°25.91562'

Gay City State Park offers Youth Group Camping....

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