Valley Falls Park Trails, Vernon, Connecticut

photo by bsullivan35
photo, a photo by bsullivan35 on Flickr.

There are 8.5 miles of blazed trails in Valley Falls Park, and the most interesting section exists at the bottom on of a wheel chair accessible trail that colonial and 19th century archeological ruins of textile mills and boarding houses. The signage along the trail is extensive and thoughtful, and these archeological sites serve as a model for our site [if we do find archeological evidence dating it to the early 19th century]. Interestingly, the lads had the image of the 19th century mill from Sturbridge Village in their mind from last summer and could visualize the turning wheel and structure of the mill. That was cool.

photo by bsullivan35
photo, a photo by bsullivan35 on Flickr.

About Bill Sullivan

I am an English teacher working with great students at Suffield Academy. I also teach seniors in various project-based learning environments. Some of the #PBL topics included global issues, such as Pandemics, Climate Change, and Water; more recently I have asked students to research and identify topics important to our school community and their generation. We curate these topics with a #StudentCenteredPBL. For the past eleven years, I also created a driving question for a class to research a local history mystery and present their findings in a community program partnering with our local historical society. These topics encompass researching the lives of enslaved individuals who were contributors to the foundation of our community.
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1 Response to Valley Falls Park Trails, Vernon, Connecticut

  1. Charlton says:

    Mr S, I love your blog – I’m in school right now training to teach English and am interested in setting up my own blog/resources for students – yours is just great.

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