Hosted by the Gunn Museum
Please join us on Zoom for the illustrated presentation “Rossiter’s Riverside Retreat” with author and historian Carol Santoleri. This program is being co-sponsored by the Gunn Historical Museum and the Steep Rock Association.
In the late 1880s, Ehrick Rossiter (1854-1941) recognized the inherent beauty of Washington, Connecticut’s Shepaug River Valley and began buying up riverside land, including a renowned cliff known as Steep Rock. He wound carriage roads through the valley’s fields and forests to link scenic overlooks, river crossings, and picnic spots, creating a rustic retreat called Steep Rock Park. A decade later, a young man named Joseph West (1876-1952) began photographing the park. Over the next 25 years, he took over two hundred pictures of the river, trails, and overlooks, creating glass plate negatives that are now in the collection of the Gunn Historical Museum. Historian Carol Santoleri spent several years in an effort not only to identify the landscape in West’s photographs, but also to track down the exact spots where he set his tripod. Focusing on “then and now” comparisons that span over one hundred years, her presentation brings the history of one of the most picturesque and conservation-worthy landscapes of Litchfield County to life.
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