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SCORTON CREEK: WHERE HISTORY & NATURE COMBINE, A PANEL DISCUSSION

August 28 @ 7:00 pm

The Nye Museum, like many other local organizations, has a special connection to the Scorton Creek area. The now serene area was once bustling with industrious activity.  Going back to the late 18th century, the Cedarville neighborhood, where the Benjamin Nye Homestead is located, relied heavily on Scorton Harbor, the marsh, and the surrounding woodlands for commerce, trade, transportation, and work. Scorton Harbor was of vital importance as it once was the location of a dock, shipyard, and salt works at various points in time.  We have three Nye family account books from the late 18th and early 19th centuries that contain references to shipyard and dock activity, including goods and materials shipped into the harbor, and cordwood shipped out.”  The Nye Museum currently remains connected to Scorton Creek  through its network of trails that intersect with the Scorton Creek trails.

Today, Scorton Creek is celebrated and appreciated for its natural beauty, wonderful hiking trails, as a popular kayak and fishing location, and an educational destination for school groups and naturalists.

Our curator and historian have created a special exhibition called Discovering Scorton Harbor: The Forgotten Dock & Shipyard focusing on the industrial use of the location. During production of the exhibition and during the time it has been on view, we have had many local patrons express their connection to Scorton Creek whether it be from a professional standpoint or recreational standpoint. In response to this enthusiasm, we have curated a panelist of local citizens engaged in work in and around the Scorton Creek area to discuss varying points of view on usage of the land.

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