Peoples State Forest

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Peoples State Forest
Connecticut State Forest
Country  United States
State  Connecticut
County Litchfield
Town Barkhamsted
Elevation 856 ft (261 m) [1]
Coordinates 41°56′46″N 72°59′27″W / 41.94611°N 72.99083°W / 41.94611; -72.99083Coordinates: 41°56′46″N 72°59′27″W / 41.94611°N 72.99083°W / 41.94611; -72.99083 [1]
Area 3,059 acres (1,238 ha) [2]
Established 1924 [3]
Management Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Location in Connecticut
Website: Peoples State Forest

Peoples State Forest is a Connecticut state forest located in the town of Barkhamsted.[3] The forest has about 10 miles (16 km) of trails in the blue-blazed Peoples State Forest Trails system.[4]

Nature museum[edit]

The park features the Peoples State Forest Nature Museum, located in a stone-faced building that was originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935.[5] The museum focuses on native flora and fauna, and includes animal mounts and skulls, minerals and insect specimens. There are also displays about area pioneers, Native Americans, logging, quarrying and the Civilian Conservation Corps.[6]

The museum was originally open from 1935 to 1942. It was reopened in 1992 and was known as The Stone Museum. The name was changed back to the Peoples State Forest Nature Museum in 2007.[5]

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Peoples State Forest". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee (January 23, 2014). "State Parks and Forests: Funding" (PDF). Staff Findings and Recommendations. Connecticut General Assembly. p. A-3. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "American Legion and Peoples State Forests". State Parks and Forests. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Trails". Peoples State Forest Nature Museum. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Peoples State Forest Nature Museum". Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Inside the Museum". Peoples State Forest Nature Museum. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 

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