Walk on tap at Mine Hill Preserve
The Roxbury Land Trust will hold its first annual Dave Beglan Memorial Walk at Mine Hill Preserve Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to noon.
The event will be canceled in case of inclement weather.
John Pawloski, founder and director of the Connecticut Museum of Mining and Mineral Science, will lead the two-hour easy to moderate walk along the historic Donkey Trail, looking at the mine first and followed by the furnaces.
Pawloski will cover mining history, furnace operation, and mineralogy focusing on Mine Hill.
Recognized on the National Register of Historic Places, Mine Hill Preserve is the site of a 19th-century iron mine and furnace complex.
The land trust acquired the preserve in 1978 and restored and stabilized the stone and brick structural remains of the furnace complex.
The walk is being held in memory of Dave Beglan, historian and director of the Roxbury Land Trust, who passed away in October 2017.
As a Roxbury resident, Beglan volunteered countless hours to the study of Mine Hill, initially working tirelessly on obtaining the funding which allowed RLT to procure the Mine Hill preserve and many other land preserves.
He remained active in the trust as the historian and gave his time freely to the betterment of Roxbury.
Pawloski’s specialties include Connecticut mining history, mineralogy of the Pomperaug Basin (Connecticut), and Mineralogy of the Stockbridge Marble (Connecticut).
He worked as an earth life science teacher and media specialist for the New Milford Public Schools for more than 30 years before retiring in 2000, when he founded the Connecticut Museum of Mining and Mineral Science.
He is a photographer with numerous photographs published in textbooks and magazines, and the author of the book “Connecticut Mining,” as well as several mineral and mining articles in magazines.
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