A Curiosity In the Park

Outdoor Life:
Kent’s version of the Hadrian’s Wall, the so-called High Road through the upper reaches of Macedonia Brook State Park in Kent, is of solid construction, the work of Civilian Conservation Corp laborers in the mid 1930s. Today it invites hikers and joggers. Photo: Bernard A. Drew

Thomas Whitten boasted of a “new sort of manure” he found on his farm in northwest Kent. As he wrote the Committee of the American Mineralogical Society in 1798: “I discovered the mine whence it is obtained, four years ago and by throwing some of it out, I found it made grass grow very largely; and by trying it on Indian Corn, found it to be better than Plaister of Paris or Ashes. Then I gave the farmers about 40 tons, and they carried some of it 20 miles distance, and tried it. — They found it to be good for Cucumbers, Carrots, Beets, Cabbage, Potatoes, and all sorts of Garden roots.”

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