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Buttermilk Falls, Terryville, Connecticut

history book clipartIn 1793, Eli Terry began making clocks in Plymouth, a craft carried on by his three sons, notably Eli Terry Jr., for whom Terryville was named. The 1830's saw the beginning of lock making, which became a major enterprise with the formation of the Eagle Lock Company in 1854, active until it closed in 1975. East Plymouth, the northeastern section of the town, is widely known for its Tories before the Revolutionary War. This area boasts of Tories Cave, which attracts hundreds of visitors yearly. The area is comprised of a number of homes, many of them dating back to the mid 1700's, and the historic St. Matthew's Church, now a residence.

The Village of Terryville, where most residents live, is on the eastern edge of Litchfield County and an easy commute to Bristol. The village of Plymouth is on the western side of the township. The town also has a business park and some factories.

Karen & Lee Duquette lived in Terryville, Connecticut in the 1970's - the photo at the right shows an early stage of their house that Lee designed and built himself on two-acres of land. The two RV Gypsies drove by the house in 2008 and discovered that although the people who bought it from them still live there, the house was up for sale. The only outside changes made was to paint the wood blue and add blue shutters to the upstairs windows.

Terryville house
When Karen Duquette lived in Terryville, she sometimes took her two children to Buttermilk Falls while Lee was at work. It wasn't that far from their house on Terryville Mountain. So now Karen wanted to return to Buttermilk Falls with Lee. The waterfall is a magnificent waterfall and very picturesque. The water falls down a steep ledge and into a gorge surrounded by hemlocks. There are many cascades both above and below the falls. Buttermilk Falls is actually 59 feet in height with a water flow of 230 gallons per second. The falls are located on about 12 acres of land owned by the Nature Conservancy. See the photos below.

BUTTERMILK FALLS in CT - June 1, 2008

The beginning of the trail to Buttermilk Falls
Lee Duquette
the beginning of the trail to Buttermilk Falls
lee on the bridge to Buttermilk Falls
trail to Buttermilk Falls
the trail to Buttermilk Falls
Views of the upper portion of the falls, as viewed from the trail beside it.
the falls
The two RV Gypsies sure know how to enjoy themselves in their new lifestyle.
Karen by the falls
Lee at the falls

What magnificent scenery - a great place to be!

trail at Buttermilk Falls
Buttermilk Falls
trail at Buttermilk Falls
Lee on the trail at Buttermilk Falls
trail at Buttermilk Falls
trail at Buttermilk Falls
Karen Duquette wore green and really blended in with her surroundings. She won't wear green hiking ever again.
Karen on the trail at Buttermilk Falls
Karen on the trail at Buttermilk Falls
Ah! This is the way to relax!
Where's my other half?
Karen on the trail at Buttermilk Falls
Karen on the trail at Buttermilk Falls
Lee & Karen
trail at Buttermilk Falls
Karen Duquette hiking on the trail
Karen climbing
Karen climbs higher
This is where the two RV Gypsies sat to have a snack - on a rock just above and to the side of Buttermilk Falls
Time to leave Buttermilk Falls - but Karen doesn't want to go!!!!
Karen at Buttermilk Falls
Lee helps Karen
But, on the other hand, the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies could be even bigger and better!
Terryville waterwheel

The Terryville Waterwheel is a composite iron and wooden industrial prime mover dating from 1830. It has significance as an object that evokes Connecticut's early years of industrialization, as a rare survivor of a once-common type of construction, and as an artifact that preserves important information for the history of technology.
The town sponsored the nomination of the Terryville Waterwheel for inclusion in the National Register. This wheel is one of the last remaining vestiges of Plymouth's industrial past. It's powered by the Lewis Lock Company, forerunner of the Eagle Lock Company. It was formally listed on the Register effective January 4, 2002.

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