Peter’s Rock History, Legends and Folklore
I will never forget Peter’s Rock ...
Whether you are an established North Haven resident or a new transplant, most can understand the idea that memories are the ties that bind. I have written in past issues of childhood treks to the top of Peter’s Rock, with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches packed in a lunch box and Koolaide in a thermos. The vista now is as timeless as then. Seldom is there a time that I don’t run into someone hiking on the rock who doesn’t have an old memory to share or perhaps they are making new ones with kids or grandkids in tow. Sometimes it’s a scout troop of eleven year-olds, not realizing that someday they will ramble on about their time on the rock.
FROM: Dave Gould
When Art White and I were about 11, Mr. Bill Hadley and his friends, Mr. Losaw, Messinger, and Ward formed a Committee to organize and oversee our Montowese Boy Scout Troup 8. Mr. Bascilicato was our Scout Master, Bob White, Brad Pierce, Charlie Beckman, and Alphonse Bascilacato, I think, were our Jr. Assistant Scout Masters. The troop was broken into various patrols; ours was the Woodpecker Patrol. Our first Patrol Leader was Alan Hadley. Other members were Billy O’Bier, Tom Cxypolinski, Ronny DuPaul, Dick Augur, Art White, Bobby Moosdorf and me.
In 1951, North Haven troops from Montowese, the Center and Ridge Rd., all took part in what was maybe the first Boy Scout Camporee there at Peter’s Rock. Anyone there then, I don’t think, will forget our hurricane like weather filled weekend camp out. We had camp buglers, Tommy Pearsall, Don Hurley, and me. For many of us, this was our first time ever sleeping in a tent in the woods, making our fires and cooking on them. We learned how to dig trenches around our tents preventing us from getting soaked by the heavy rain we experienced that first night there. Throughout our Camporee that weekend, we played Scout games, made our camps as neat and safe as we could trying to win competitions between patrols and troops. This might have been the first time many of us ever met a lot of the scouts from other parts of town. It happened that 1951 was the first year our new high school opened, thus the first year in history that kids from all parts of town had school together. North Haven was beginning to trulycome together. This was a major event in North Haven’s life back then.
Peter’s Rock had a lasting great impact on me growing up, helping me become the person I am now; to always love, and try to conserve our great outdoors. I am tremendously pleased that The Peter’s Rock Association was formed and is doing so much to keep this wonderful Montowese resource alive and well.
FROM: Audrey Robinson McClure
FROM: Joanne Chvisuk
The above memories are just a peek at the effect that one piece of land, now endeared as a landmark and park, has had on North Haven’s residents and those beyond. Perhaps you or friends and relatives have some long forgotten, or rather new memories of experiences in the park. Please feel free to send them to Ann Lombardi at P.O. Box 762, North Haven, CT 06473 or through our website, petersrockassociation.org.
Ann White Lombardi