The ravine known as Cotton Hollow in South Glastonbury is one of the most beautiful nature preserves in the state. With picturesque rapids, steep cliffs and tall pines, it is a premier hiking and swimming destination for many. While nature has taken over now, Cotton Hollow was once the industrial hub of Glastonbury. It is believed there were over a dozen mills within the preserve, beginning in the 1700’s continuing all the way until the early 1900’s.

If you look hard enough, some of the vestiges of this history still remain. Some may be harder to spot, such as a small line of rocks all the way to the hulking remains of a mill. Through this series, we explore the hollow’s several remaining historical sites.