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Historic Hinman by Ski or Spike – January 14th, 2012 – NEK

In 1791, Timothy Hinman set out to build the first road through Orleans County, which opened the wilderness areas of the Northeast Kingdom to early settlers.  While part of the Hinman Settler Road, which ran from Greensboro to Derby, remains a well-traveled route today, the southernmost section, known as Skunk Hollow, has been largely reclaimed by the woods.  Hinman was part of a team of early surveyors set with the task of marking townships in the new state of Vermont.  Hinman found that the wild country of the north suited him, and pulled strings to purchase land in Derby –the northernmost point on this vast expanse of roadless wilderness.  To relocate his family, Hinman would first need to build a road.

When:  On Saturday, January 14th, by ski, snowshoe, or ice traction attached to sturdy footwear

Who: NorthWoods Stewardship Center, the Old Stone House Museum, and the Craftsbury Outdoor Center lead a tour following the steps of the early settlers through Skunk Hollow, exploring signs from the early pioneers, including cellar holes and a cemetery.

Where: Meet at the Parker Pie Co. in West Glover at 9 am.

Before heading out, we will look at maps, history books, and learn a little about the life of Timothy Hinman and the early settlers.  We’ll also look at and discuss several proposed trail linkages in the area. The tour is approximately 3 miles, on an open trail through rolling terrain.  If snow conditions allow skiing, a longer route option exists.  Plan to return to your vehicle by 2 pm. Participants should bring a day pack with water, a bag lunch, and plenty of layers.  

Registration required. For more information and to register, contact or call (802) 723-6551 ext.115.

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