The Great Ditch
Remembering the Farmington Canal
Join our annual "Preserving Our Legacy" celebration and benefit for the Farmington Land Trust. Enjoy cocktails and dinner, followed by a special presentation from Farmington's own Jay Bombara, a lifelong Farmington Canal history enthusiast who will talk about the tragic history of the Farmington Canal. Considered the most ambitious canal project in New England, it once extended 80 miles from New Haven north to Granby, where the route continued into Massachusetts as the Hampshire & Hampden Canal, to a final destination at the Connecticut River in Northampton. The entire canal took a decade to complete; but the coming of railroads put it out of business in less than 20 years. Today much of the canal’s old path has been converted to hiking trails. The FLT protects two locations along the canal, the Canal Aqueduct and the Feeder Canal.
The Great Ditch dinner and cocktails, Thursday, September 22, 6-9 pm, at Farmington Gardens, 999 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT. Tickets are $150 per person; or sign on as Patron (two guests) for $500. You may instead opt to sponsor a table of eight for $1,500.
To help support the FLT trail development and maintenance funds, you may contribute to our cause within a cause, and host a table of eight for $2500.