Walk on tap at Mine Hill Preserve
The Roxbury Land Trust will hold its first annual Dave Beglan Memorial Walk at Mine Hill Preserve from 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 24.
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 walk along the historic Donkey Trail.
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 his time to the study of Mine Hill, initially working 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 to the betterment of Roxbury.
Pawloski’s specialties include Connecticut mining history, mineralogy of the Pomperaug Basin, and Mineralogy of Stockbridge Marble.
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.
His photographs have been published in textbooks and magazines. He is the author of “Connecticut Mining,” as well as several mineral and mining articles.
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