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Gallows Hill Natural Area

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The Gallows Hill Natural Area was acquired by the Town of Redding in 1974. The trails system was designed in 1980 by Clifford Emanuelson, director of Devil’s Den Preserve in Weston. The woodland here is typical successional Yankee forest, and watercourses flow generally south to the Saugatuck River. In the winter of 1779, troops under the command of General Israel Putnam were encamped in these woods. The “Fifth Connecticut” refers to a Colonial regiment comprised of men from Redding and Ridgefield (though the Fifth camped elsewhere). The “Noose” refers to the hanging nearby of a redcoat spy-thus, Gallows Hill.

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