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A Hike Through History: If This Land Could Talk

November 7, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Browne Preserve

New Canaan Library, in partnership with the New Canaan Museum and Historical Society and New Canaan Land Trust, invite you to experience our town as never before, on a Hike Through History.

Join us on Sunday November 7th us for a guided hike through our Browne Preserve on Valley Road.

Aaron Lefland, Director of the Land Trust, will discuss the formation of the land that is now New Canaan. Samantha Connell, Reference Librarian at the New Canaan Library, will share historical information and resources about the Lenape and Wappinger Indigenous People of Fairfield County, and Michael Murphy, Archivist & Librarian with the New Canaan Museum and Historical Society will take us into the modern New Canaan that we all know today, from early settlers and industry to the building of Main Street.

There will be two identical sessions of this hike (Appropriate for ages 8 +)

Session 1 (90 mins)12:30 pm – 2:00  pm

Session 2 (90 mins) 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Registration for both sessions is currently full.

Please email [email protected] to be added to waitlist.


Parking and access: Visitors should park on Colonial Road, near its intersection with Valley Road.  Meet at the trailhead, located directly across Valley Road, through the wooden gate.

Aaron Lefland

Aaron joined the New Canaan Land Trust in 2017 after completing his Master of Forest Science at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, now called the Yale School of the Environment. There, he studied the sustainable management of New England forests, and conducted research on the demographics of Hickory species across the landscape of the Northeastern United States. Since joining the Land Trust, Aaron has helped to grow the organization in both size and impact. In addition to successfully leading the organization through accreditation, Aaron has grown awareness and support for the Land Trust’s work by expanding programs, building partnerships, and making the Land Trust’s preserves more accessible to the community. The outdoors have always been an important part of Aaron’s life and he enjoys finding opportunities to share his love for nature with others.

Samantha Connell
A New Canaan resident for over ten years and currently a librarian at New Canaan Library. She has a degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania and earned her Master of Library and Information Sciences at Rutgers. As a Reference Librarian, she enjoys researching historical details and curating resources and educational information and has a passion for amplifying marginalized and absent voices.

Michael Murphy
A Stamford native, Michael Murphy began work at the NCM&HS in 2013 as an intern. A lifelong student of history, Mike graduated with a degree in History from Manhattan College.  In 2017, he became the Librarian and Archivist, and is responsible for cataloging and maintaining the Museum’s extensive collections.  His favorite collection is the vintage photographs that document the changing New Canaan landscape over the decades.

The Browne Preserve was donated by W. Prichard Browne in 1969, making it one of the first properties protected by the Land Trust, just two years after its founding. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the land was part of an expansive farm, the farmhouse for which still stands at 1124 Valley Road.



November 7, 2021
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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Samantha Connell


Browne Preserve
1180 Valley road
New Canaan, CT 06840 United States
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