Last week I knew I wanted to go search for some barns to link up to Bluff Area Daily, Home of Barn Charm today. I also knew that the best place around here to look is a bit south of us in Connecticut’s Quiet Corner, part of what is also known as The Last Green Valley that lies between the Shetucket and Quinebaug Rivers.
This is a beautiful area of woods, rolling hills and unapologetic small farms. Our town, Sturbridge, Massachusetts, is technically part of The Last Green Valley…lucky us! According to The Last Green Valley website, the Valley “is half the size of the Grand Canyon National Park…Forest and farmland make up 78% of its 695,000 acres, yet it lies only an hour from three of New England’s four largest urban areas.” To me, having the opportunity to live here in the Valley is the most incredible luck.
So I knew that Connecticut’s Quiet Corner was where I wanted to go barn hunting. Driving into that area is like driving into a decompression chamber. The air feels brighter. The traffic is definitely lighter. The small towns have indescribable charm. It is fundamentally an area of uncomplicated, commonplace beauty. It is a link to our past and a hope for our future.