CT: New Haven County-Cheshire-Lock 12 Historical Park

Last lock of 28! Lucky lock 12 on The Farmington Canal Heritage Trail!

It took Irish immigrants 10 years to hand dig the 80 mile Farmington canal with picks, shovels and wheelbarrows. The boats were pulled by horses along a path beside the canal.

Changes in elevation within the canal necessitated areas where the boats can be lifted or lowered by using water tight chambers to remove or add water to adjust the height. While not considered a long term success it did foster commerce and travel between the towns.

There were 28 locks along the canal and lock 12 is the only one that remains! The original gatekeepers house and a museum adds to taking you back into a picturesque time in history.

The canal route was later replaced by a railroad and that was overcome by trucking. Lock 12 is along the Farmington Canal trail and this is part of a component of the East Coast Greenway. Great place to pause as you hike or walk the trail. There is also parking nearby.

487 N. Brooksvale Rd., Cheshire, CT.

Join me down the Farmington Canal trail.

Published by Belinda Sheets

This is a non-promotional blog. I am not a photographer nor am I selling anything through this blog. Professionally I am a Business Transformation Specialist focused on gaining efficiencies and reducing costs for major corporations. Recent life experiences made me better appreciate the present and all that can be seen by increasing my focus and attention on my surroundings. I always enjoyed going out and exercising and I would look but I did not see as my attention was on resolving some problem. Captured through pictures and sharing insights about various locations, I hope others can enjoy my research and insights and allow themselves to pause a few moments and truly appreciate and learn new things. When you follow me that is my only gift. To know I have touched you enough to want to follow the blog. Respectfully (Stay Safe), Belinda Sheets Business Transformation professional with interests in photography, hiking, bicycling and kayaking and learning how to be present.

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