09 Sep 109 Cheese in Kent
Lora Warnick and Beverley Canepari of Unlocking Litchfield visit No. 109 Cheese Market in Kent for some delicious "cheesucation"!...
Kent is a great town for strolling and window-shopping. It has art galleries with integrity, bookstores for serious readers, good restaurants, well-curated antique shops, several housewares and clothing boutiques, a great chocolatier—and not a chain store in sight. The most bustling town in northwest Connecticut and the closest to New York City, Kent is the kind of place where you will see former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger or director Rob Zombie eating at one of Kent’s fine dining establishments. Two of Kent’s secret gems are the Sloane Stanley Museum and the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association, which are located just off Route 7 about a mile north of the town center. The Sloane Stanley Museum is devoted to the life and collections of Eric Sloane (1905 -1985), an artist, author and illustrator who chronicled country life in books, paintings and drawings. The displays are so charming that even if you think the history of hand tools sounds boring you will be captivated by vignettes that show how brooms were made from a single piece of wood or by the butter churn that is powered by a dog running on a treadmill. Nature-lovers can explore Kent Falls State Park with its 250 feet of cascading water, and campers can pitch a tent in Macedonia Brook State Park whose highest peaks have views of the Catskills and Taconic Mountains.
Kent is bisected by the Housatonic River. The western half contains Macdonia Brook State Park, the Schaghticoke Indian Reservation, as well as a section of the Appalachian Trail. Bulls Bridge, one of two covered bridges open to vehicles in Connecticut, is located in the town. Principal communities include Bulls Bridge, Flanders, Kent Center, Kent Furnace, Macedonia, North Kent, South Kent, and Schaghticoke Indian Reservation. Route 7 is the main north-south highway in the town, while Route 341 is the main east-west highway.