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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Ohio "Fireland" road trip part 1

It’s road trip season! I’m hitting the highways en route to the ‘Firelands” of northeastern Ohio. The motivations for this journey are the Fabulous Food Show, high school football playoffs, an old time hardware store plus a clam bake. Plus I’ve added a couple of shopping stops too.

The Firelands or Sufferers' Lands tract was located at the western end of the Connecticut Western Reserve in what is now the U.S. state of Ohio. The land was set aside for residents of the Connecticut towns of Danbury, Fairfield, Greenwich, Groton, New Haven, New London, Norwalk, and Ridgefield who lost their homes in 1779 and 1781 due to fires set by British forces during the American Revolutionary War. Originally referred to as the "Fire Lands" (two words), it is now spelled as one word, "Firelands."

This heritage is one reason why clambakes are popular and held all over northern Ohio in the fall. Another reason is just that they’re a tasty treat. Who wouldn’t love some clams, chicken, corn on the corn and a bowl of chowder!

Travelling north to the shores of Lake Erie in the late fall means that the convertible stays garaged and I’ll be cruising in the PT Cruiser. This field study trip is scheduled to depart on November 13th-17th. There are a couple of routes that I could travel but a quick Net search indicates that I 64 East to Charleston WV then I-77 North is the one.