- Posted December 8, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Your best 2012 weather photo
On a clear perfect autumn day in October 2012, this heart cloud appeared above an old historic New England Town green.
The town is Bolton CT, and this quiet nestled community is known to have impacted and hosted some of American History's most pronounced figures.
Just around the corner from the place this photo was taken, is a historic farm. The farm now known as "The Heritage Farm" , sits atop a hill overlooking the eastern Connecticut skyline. Built in the 1700's, the farm is the site where the infamous Pastor- Jonathan Edwards had his "Great Awakening" moment.
He became the town's early pastor and spent many days on this hill. As he gazed out from the hill of the farm, and he took in the breathtaking view, he felt a deep connection to the "Divine". It is here on this farm that he said he felt "Awakened" in his soul. He accounts that he felt a deep profound spirit of connectedness with God and nature as he looked out and took in the scenic view.
Jonathan Edwards became a famous historical American figure that greatly impacted religion in early America, Part of one of his famous sermons later became part of the Declaration of Independence.
In addition to Jonathan Edwards, this beautiful historic New England community saw several visits by George Washington. In fact, the Heritage Farm is also the site where in 1781 General George Washington and his troops, stopped and met up with French Army General Rochambeau and his accompanying troops. Washington dined at this famous- now town owned farm. At the time it was the home of then Pastor George Colton. Here Washington's troops set up camp, resting alongside General Rochambeau's troops. This occurred during a critical time of the Revolutionary War as they marched towards victory. Sorted rare artifacts including musket balls and silver coins, are among the many prized Revolutionary War treasures that have been found on the site.
The farm, and the community are still almost as quaint and quiet as it was in the late 1700's.