Paddlers ‘overwhelmed’ by river’s beauty

Kent Historical Society Executive Director Marge Smith talked about the thriving iron industry that once existed on the banks of the Housatonic River. The talk was one of several shoreline excursions that was part of the Housatonic River Source to Sound paddle trip. Photo by Kara Wilbeck

KENT — The Housatonic River Source-to-Sound Paddle Trip explored Kent’s history-filled portion of the river on Monday, May 9, the seventh day of the excursion.

The paddle was led by championship paddlers Nic Osborn of Salisbury, Bill Tingley of Sharon and Schuyler Thomson of Norfolk — who were recreating their paddle down the 149-mile Housatonic River together in 1995.

The paddlers started the Kent leg of their voyage in Cornwall Bridge and continued through the morning until they reached a small beach near the Sloan Stanley Museum in Kent.

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