C.C. Knowlton, a wealthy mill owner, built his copper roofed summer home at the top of Knowlton Hill in the style of Watch Hill. His granddaughter, Mildred Hammond-Knowlton and her niece, Evelyn Guymon, gave this tract to the Trust. The most distinctive feature is the hill itself, from which one can see the Mt. Hope River valley and as far as Pumpkin Hill in Chaplin. Trails on both sides of Knowlton Hill Rd. wind through 127 acres of woods and fields past Knowlton Pond and then to the crest of a glacial drumlin, which affords a commanding view of the Mount Hope River valley and the pond. Along one trail, two granite benches have been placed in memory of William S. Toubman. These present an irresistible stopping point to rest and take in the scenery.
The area is surrounded by working farms, many of which are preserved through agricultural trusts and easements.
A small off-road parking area is available at the edge of the hayfield. Nearby is a kiosk with a large map of the trails as well as a loose-leaf trail guide corresponding to 10 sign posts. This guide may be borrowed to take along on your walk.
About the Property
Location: Mansfield and Ashford along Knowlton Hill Road
Donors: The Trust is thankful for this gift of Mildred Hammond-Knowlton and her niece, Evelyn Guyman.
Acreage: 127 acres
Preserved in: 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1996
Stewards: Greg and Mona Anderson