Edited from a press release.
The Middlesex Land Trust Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 30th, will feature a Dedication Ceremony celebrating its new Brainerd Quarry Preserve. The meeting will be held at the Haddam Neck Fair Grounds located off of Quarry Hill Road in Haddam Neck.
Dr. Nicholas F. Bellantoni will be the featured speaker. He will give a presentation about the Brainerd Quarry as well as other archeological sites on Middlesex Land Trust preserves in the Haddam Neck area and around the Connecticut River.
|Photo from Rivercog|
Dr. Bellantoni serves as Emeritus State Archaeologist with the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Archaeology Center and the Department of Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Connecticut.
He received his doctorate in anthropology from UConn in 1987 and was shortly thereafter appointed state archaeologist. He serves as an Adjunct Associate Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UConn, and is a former State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism and sat on the State Historic Preservation Council for over 15 years.
He is currently the President of the Archaeological Society of Connecticut, and a former President of the National Association of State Archeologists. His research background includes the analysis of skeletal remains from eastern North America. He has been excavating in Connecticut for over 40 years.
The magnificent 50 acre Brainerd Quarry Preserve was acquired in 2015 for permanent protection with generous funding and support from the Connecticut River Gateway Commission. Our newest preserve, named for the Brainerd family that historically owned and operated a quarry for more than 150 years at the site, offers breathtaking views of the Connecticut River and Haddam Meadows State Park. It is an important parcel not only for its environmental significance as open space, but also for its historical, geological, and educational values.
The Annual Meeting will begin with a short business meeting at 9:30am, with the presentation and dedication ceremony to start at 10:00am. All are welcome. Refreshments and conversation will follow, as will a hike on the preserve for all who would like to get out on the land.
More photos below the break.
|Brainerd Quarry, photo by Rivercog|