Collis P. Huntington State Park

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Collis P. Huntington State Park
Connecticut State Park
Bear-Huntington-State-Park.jpg
Country  United States
State  Connecticut
County Fairfield
Towns Bethel, Newtown, Redding
Elevation 791 ft (241 m) [1]
Coordinates 41°21′00″N 73°21′18″W / 41.35000°N 73.35500°W / 41.35000; -73.35500Coordinates: 41°21′00″N 73°21′18″W / 41.35000°N 73.35500°W / 41.35000; -73.35500
Area 883 acres (357 ha) [2]
Opened 1973
Management Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Location in Connecticut
Website: Huntington State Park

Collis P. Huntington State Park is a state-owned, public recreation area in the towns of Redding, Newtown, and Bethel in Fairfield County, Connecticut. The state park is noted for Anna Hyatt Huntington's sculptures of bears and wolves that welcome visitors at the park entrance. Her work can also be seen in the heroic sculpture of General Israel Putnam at Putnam Memorial State Park in Redding. The park bears the name of railroad magnate Collis Potter Huntington, whose heirs donated the lands to the state. The park's web of multi-use trails is open to hikers, cyclists, and equestrians. The park is managed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.[3]

History[edit]

Under the late 19th-century ownership of Commodore Walther Luttgen, a New York banker, industrialist and yachtsman, park-like features were added to the landscape including service roads, trails, and artificial ponds.[4] One of Luttgen's improvements, a miniature stone lighthouse, may still be seen. The remains of a small steam paddlewheeler that once plied the ponds have not been found.[3]

Joseph E. Sterrett, a principal with the accounting firm of Price, Waterhouse, acquired the estate, including its mansion, Villa Linta, following Luttgen's death in 1922.[5] After Villa Linta burned down, the land was purchased by Archer M. Huntington, the philanthropist stepson of industrialist Collis Potter Huntington. He and his wife Anna Hyatt Huntington changed its name to Stanerigg and moved to the estate in 1939 to pursue their various interests: she as creator of works of realistic sculpture, he as poet, Spanish scholar, and patron of the arts.[6] The park was opened to the public following Anna Huntington's death in 1973.[3]

Activities and amenities[edit]

The park has trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. Trails include the northern section of the Aspetuck Valley Trail, which connects with the adjacent Centennial Watershed State Forest. Park ponds are available for canoeing and fishing. Archery-only deer hunting is offered from mid-September through December.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Huntington State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Appendix A: List of State Parks and Forests" (PDF). State Parks and Forests: Funding. Staff Findings and Recommendations. Connecticut General Assembly. January 23, 2014. p. A-2. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Collis P. Huntington State Park". Connecticut DEEP. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ "About Walther Luttgen". History of Redding. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ "The History of Huntington State Park in Redding, Connecticut". History of Redding. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ Jules Heller; Nancy G. Heller, eds. (2013). North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary. Routledge. p. 268. ISBN 0815325843. 

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