Of course for me that meant “time to explore”! There might be some historic remnants of yesteryear exposed in the local empty reservoirs! Sure enough - a trip to the Laurel Reservoir revealed quite a few ruins and old roadbeds that were normally underwater.
The map below is a 1947 topo map with the roads from an 1898 map superimposed on top. Old roadways and foundation ruins were photographed and documented where indicated on the map. It was productive excursion! :-)
|1908 Map - showing roads and residences|
Note: There was a mill!
A on the mapA stone wall - most probably an embankment support for the old road that went across.
#1 on the MapRuins - these are visible from the road as you drive by.
B on the MapThe former road veers off and descends here.
#2 on the MapI found an extensive array of foundation ruins - even the steps that went into the house!
|Note the curvature of the stone fence behind the foundation ruins|
C on the map
On the other side of the reservoir - the old road bed was visible as well. Peering out into the semi dry reservoir bed reveals the old roadbed stream crossing and the junction of the two roads...
|Enlarge this to see the abutments for the bridge |
|Here is where the roads intersected|
#3 on the MapGoing a little further south - you can see another foundation exposed...
The old road north of the reservoir was visible from Trinity Pass Road (These are a Google Map Street View and Aerial).
Apparently I discovered the "Atlantis of New Canaan"!
DantownThe village was at its most robust during the 1850s, as it became renown for producing were baskets, shoes, hard cider and hearty potatoes. In fact, 80 families in the Dantown area were involved in the basket-making trade at its peak.
In 1923, the stone remains of the community were submerged by the water company to make way for a 265-acre lake known as the Laurel Reservoir.
There is reason for this street name :-)