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Hidden in Plain Sight
A Deep Traveler Explores Connecticut
David K. Leff

Wesleyan University Press



Contents

• Acknowledgments
• Prologue to Deep Travel: The Merritt Parkway
• ALONG THE ROADSIDE
• Counting Miles in Four Centuries: Old Milestones • What’s in a Name?: Reading Street Signs
• Seeing through Time: Roadcuts
• Painted Ledges: Roadside Rock Art
• Last Picture Shows: Drive-In Theaters
• A Cool Drink of Water: Roadside Springs
• A Great Good Place: Diners
• PLACES WE BUILD
• A Most Enduring Harvest: Quarries
• The People’s Castles: Stone Lookouts
• King of Homes: Yankee Castles
• A Thousand Uses: Quonset Huts
• The Shape of Futures Past: Octagon Houses
• Practical, Adaptable, and Disappearing: Barns
• The Spirit of Community: Camp Meetings
• Exploring Gasoline Alley: Racetracks
• SEEING GREEN: TREES, CULTURE, AND AGRICULTURE
• A Place for Common Ground: Town Greens
• Heart of Nowhere: Connecticut’s Most Remote Place
• The Measure of a State: Connecticut’s Highest Point(s)
• Big Trees: Old-Growth Forests
• A Sacred Grove: Hope for the Chestnut Forest
• The Perfect Street Tree: A Few Good Elms
• Inventing New England Autumn: Leaf Peeping
• A Most Useful Tree: Season of the Witch Hazel
• Tasting the Landscape: Cider Mills
• A Community Harvest: Agricultural Fairs
• GHOST TOWNS AND GRAVEYARDS
• Forgotten but Not Gone: Ghost Towns
• Ghost Streets and Routes Less Taken: Abandoned Roads
• Beneath the Lakes: Lost Worlds
• Watery Ghosts of Manufacturing: Mill Ponds
• Steeped in Mystery: Gungywamp
• Space-Age Ghosts: Nike Missile Sites
• Perpetual Care Isn’t Forever: Neglected Graveyards
• Haunting Stones of Metal: Zinc Grave Markers
• Trash Talk: Landfills and Landscape
• THROUGH ARTISTS’ EYES
• Reinventing the Colonial Landscape: Wallace Nutting
• A Fresh Way of Looking: The Hudson River School
• In a State of Plein Air: Artists Outdoors
• Where the Landscape Is Art: Weir Farm
• Poetic Space: James Merrill’s Apartment
• Landscape and the Written Word: Nature Writers
• Buy the Book: Used Bookstores
• Epilogue to Further Discovery: The New England Trail
• Just the Right Place: An Explorer’s Guide
• Connecticut’s Hidden Places: Map Key

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