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Volume XVI Issue 5, October/November 2007

      Welcome to the Bolton Community News Online Edition. Follow the links to the left for information from the latest issue of the News. Check this home page for news of important events that occur between regular issues.

 2007 Deadlines & Advertising Rates

 Heritage Day 2007 Photos


Bolton Conservation Commission Hosts
Sunday, Oct. 14

      The Bolton Conservation will kick off its Seventh Annual Town-wide Photo Contest this Sunday, Oct. 14, by hosting a Greenway Foliage Hike and Photo Opportunity. The roughly three-mile hike begins at the Rose Trail kiosk (Heritage Farm) at 3:30 p.m., heads north on the Hop River State Park Trail and ends at the Freja Park kiosk (commuter lot). Many photo opportunities exist along this greenway of public lands.
      Participants should plan their own car-pooling independent of the hike and leave a car at the Bolton Commuter Lot. Expect some hills and uneven terrain. Sturdy shoes required. Bring camera and drinking water. No dogs please. Heavy rain cancels. Call 649-8066 extension 110 for more information or e-mail Rod Parlee at or Susan Frampton at
      See complete photo contest rules.

October 22-31

      The Bolton High School Student Council is hosting the "Trick or Treat for Canned Foods" food drive again this year October 22-31. Members of the Student Council will be going door to door collecting non-perishable food items for local soup kitchens. Students will drop off bags during the week. Place the filled bag on your doorstep on Halloween--Wednesday, Oct. 31--for pick up.
      Last year the council collected over 1,500 items and donated them to the Willimantic Soup Kitchen. This year their goal is to DOUBLE the donations! For more information, contact council advisor Karen Cordero at 643-2768 or

Our Second Annual
Halloween Contest

We return to Bolton's historic cemeteries for this year's Halloween contest. Bolton has two: Bolton Center Burying Ground is located on a high hill on Hebron Road, with colorful views of the mountains of Coventry and Mansfield; Quarryville Burying Ground (also known as Belknap Cemetery) is located on Route 44 not far from the Methodist Church. Autumn is the perfect time to visit these grounds and add to your knowledge of Bolton history and your appreciation of its natural beauties.

You will notice that most of the older headstones in these cemeteries are made of grey schist, which was mined locally in the quarry in the Notch. Take particular note of the stone carvings. It doesn't take long to realize that many of them are the work of just a few artists; you'll begin to recognize their styles.

Among stone carvers, Bolton is famous for being the home of one Gershom Bartlett, whose work is represented by 40 stones in the Bolton Center grounds and 14 in Quarryville. Bartlett, who began quarrying in Bolton in the 1750s (and according to some sources may have been the first owner of the quarry), was known as the "hook-and-eye" man because the facial features of his carvings resemble the old-fashioned garment fastener.

According to the Connecticut Gravestone Network (, "His stones are easily recognized by the bulbous noses, turned down mouths, row of vestigial teeth at the bottom of the face, raised eyebrows, usually a four-lobed crown, three curved wings of curls beside the face. The finials are most frequently pinwheels or four-leafed clovers and often a small heart can be found near the bottom of the legend."

Some examples of Bartlett's work:

The Contest:

  • Find the following Gershom Bartlett stones in the Bolton Center cemetery: (1) Deacon Thomas Pitkin (died 1766), (2) John Swetland (died 1748), and (3) Deacon Timothy Olcott (died 1754). At what age did each of these people die (as stated on their stones)?

  • Your answer must be received by midnight, October 28. Send by e-mail to (please write BCN Contest in subject line, or your entry could be discarded as spam!) or by mail to BCN Contest, P.O. Box 9254, Bolton, CT 06043. Be sure to include your mailing address and your phone number in case you win! (This information will not be shared with anyone else.)

  • A winner will be chosen at random from among all the correct answers and announced on this home page. The winner will receive a copy of the book "Stones and Bones of New England: A Guide to Unusual, Historic, and Otherwise Notable Cemeteries," by Lisa Rogak. Happy Hunting!

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