In mid-June is when most of the roses
come out. Off Prospect Avenue - the
border between West Hartford and Hartford.
A wonderful place for a picnic or just to
sit around in a field in the sun.
This town is fairly flat and has neighborhoods
that are good for bicycle riding.
This is me with my new Motobecane bicycle.
and shirt, getting ready to ride
in 1977 - after 12th grade.
Beautiful extensive tulip garden over on the west of the
rose garden. Doesn't last too long, This was
May 3, 2007. Nice place for photographs.
West side of Prospect Avenue and south of Asylum
900 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, Connecticut, 06119, United States
Good for: Couples
The familiar Farmington River Valley landmark of Heublein Tower sits atop Talcott Mountain, a long, precipitous wooded ledge named after Revolutionary War hero John Talcott. The 165-foot structure was built as a summer home in 1914 by Gilbert Heublein. In the early fifties, two future presidents were guests of the Hartford Times, then General Dwight D. Eisenhower (who was asked to run for office there) and Ronald Reagan, then president of the Screen Actors' Guild. Following a period of ownership of the property by the Hartford Times during WWII and the early 1950's, it was slated for residential development by a private corporation when the 557 acres of Talcott Mountain came under public ownership in 1965 through the cooperative efforts of private conservationists and state and federal governments.
The 1,000-foot high promontory provides a splendid view of the Connecticut landscape. On the horizon, Mount Monadnock, eighty miles away in New Hampshire, is discernible. To the northwest, the Berkshires dominate the horizon. Long Island Sound is revealed as a thin blue streak to the south. Those with sharp vision can see an area estimated to be 1,200 square miles.
Hikers may encounter a variety of wildlife including deer, fox and rabbits in this natural sanctuary. Bird watchers enjoy occasional sightings of the turkey vulture, bald eagle, and pileated woodpecker. During May, visitors find wildflowers such as trillium, trout lily, wood anemone, and Dutchman's breeches among the damp, craggy rocks. Tables, grills, and toilets are available for picnickers.