Kent Streetside Art
The town of Kent is known around the tri-state area as being a premiere art town. Containing no less than three art galleries, Kent invites those who enjoy the visual arts as well as those who create them to come and stay for a while.
At the stop light in the city center you will find streetside art created by various Kent artists. The art in the photo is of apples and soda cans. You might even notice that the function of it is to relax and use the bench towards the left.
This is a very intriguing and important point of interest within the town. In the past they have had two small grazing sheep and recently placed prowling cats. Though I am not sure the reasoning behind the selections of the annual art choices, I do know that they change every year and I am as equally excited to return to find out what this summers art is going to be.
Detour to the Appalachian Trail
Kent is a port city of the Appalachian Trail so to speak, and while walking around the town you will meet many AT hikers with many AT stories. You might enjoy an hour hike, a day hike, a month hike, or the entire thing which takes around three months.
To enter the trail in Kent, take Bulls Bridge to Route 341.
The picture here shows bits of the Appalachian Mountains. If you have questions, please ask.
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" Kent, Connecticut "
Although on the outside it may appear that Kent’s essence derives from the surrounding mountains, streams, and vast valleys or from the antiquity of its small population, its true character is a created sum of these factors and a respect of them. If one was to simply drive through the undersized city, they would witness its aesthetic splendor. What they would miss however is the attractiveness of Kent’s spirit and soul. Kent portrays feelings of euphoria and tranquility.
Lying in the westernmost part of Connecticut, midway between Long Island Sound and the Massachusetts line, the town of Kent was selected as one of seven townships to comprise Connecticut’s “Western Lands” established by the state to head its expansion of the north-west in the early 18th century. It is said that in early 1738, Stephen Pain’s tools might have been the first to create housing and residence in the new found settlement. An “Indian Problem” had discouraged many from settling with their families in this small river town along the Housatonic, but persisted they did and the town sitting on the western-most side of Connecticut state was settled.
Today, Route 7 splits the center of Kent with one major traffic light creating a border fence to other towns. It must be expressed that unlike other cities surrounding it, Kent keeps its distance with a calm and hushed breeze and an aura of tradition. While other of its neighbors McModernize for their residents, Kent has seen value in keeping away from the proverbial “times,” and left all commercial occupants absent.
A night out in Kent provides little selection, but what is readily available will provide access for all types and all moods. Kent Pizza is a popular selection for the locals and with its newly renovated bar you can share a pizza pie and ale with many of the town’s fire force that frequent the pub. The owner Chuck, like many of the residents of Kent values the small community and befriends all that enter with sincerity.
Another popular restaurant in Kent is titled the Fife ‘n Drum. Displaying and serving high quality foods and wines, the Fife ‘n Drum has been awarded in the past by “Wine Spectator.” This restaurant also includes an Inn and a gift shop for those who wish to stay in the town.
But, if small town night life is not on the agenda, Kent lies just forty minutes from Danbury and two hours from Manhattan and the rest of New York City.
As mentioned before, Kent sits in the Appalachian Mountains, more specifically the southern section of the Berkshire’s, which is known to have the longest continual hiking path in the world. Otherwise known as the AT, or Appalachian Trail, Kent offers itself as a major port city of AT hikers, and they can find stores to fit all of their needs and desires. Whether you are a novice or skilled hiker, or you’re looking for a few hours to a few months on the dirt paths, the Appalachian Trail is not to be missed.
Kent’s presence, although widely unknown to most, can provide an excellent experience for those seeking a small town with romantic and natural options.
I would suggest making Kent a hub if visiting western Connecticut. It is a place that I visited after leaving farm-land Midwest, but it will always hold a place in my heart and my head. It is special and will never be forgotten. To me, a second home.