Branford’s Red Hill Woods From Selectman’s Stones To Indian Ledges

by Peter Marteka, Hartford Courant, Nature’s Path & Way To Go (August 20, 2016)

A pile of rocks along the trails of Branford’s Red Hill Woods tells a story of long-ago border patrols along the Guilford line. The rocks have various years etched into them, some dating back to the late 1800s, denoting the times when the borders were checked and rechecked in the days before Google maps.

Matt Reed, a member of the Branford Land Trust’s board of directors, stood in front of two dozen hikers who spent a few hours on a recent Saturday exploring the wilds of the newest northern Branford preserve and explained the history of the stones.

“The selectmen would walk together along the boundary lines between the towns and then carve initials or a date or put something on a stone,” he said. (Read Full Story)