The Widow’s Clearing

The Widow's Clearing, formerly the highest of the hill farms in Ripton. July 2013.

The Widow’s Clearing, formerly the highest of the hill farms in Ripton. July 2013.

The story of the Widow’s Clearing, as related by The Middlebury Trailrunner, piqued my interest, particularly the part about the remains of an apple orchard in the clearing.

I have to do some digging into whether apple trees continue to fruit without cultivation. Maybe there are some lost heritage varieties up there.

Widow's Clearing Trail. The only spot of sunlight that morning. July 2013.

Widow’s Clearing Trail. The only spot of sunlight that morning. July 2013.

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4 Responses to The Widow’s Clearing

  1. jhbyers says:

    Tyler – I have also noted another abandoned homestead site along the Leicester Hollow Trail, again with ancient apple trees. This site is a lot deeper in the woods than the Widow’s Clearing. Two descriptions of how to get to it are found on my blog, at http://sites.middlebury.edu/trailrunner/2012/05/28/the-ridge-trail/ and http://sites.middlebury.edu/trailrunner/2011/08/20/chandler-ridge-and-leicester-hollow/ although the shortest route would be via the Minnie Baker trail to the Leicester Hollow trail.

    Jeff (Middlebury Trailrunner)

  2. jhbyers says:

    If you are interested – I discovered some really ancient looking, but easily accessed apple trees along the Texas Falls road, well past the falls, and just a few hundred yards from the end of the road, on your right. They no longer appeared to bear fruit, however.

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