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image by Randy Young, 19 August 2015
Cornwall honors its quirky past
by Ruth Epstein
It was a celebration befitting a 275-year-old town. The band played, the marchers paraded, tributes were given, a new town flag was hoisted up the pole and townspeople joined together for a large barbecue. It was Cornwall's way of marking its anniversary Saturday.
The flag is a white field with the profile of a dairy cow coloured in blue and green, overlain by an image of the West Cornwall covered bridge.
located by Dave Fowler, 17 August 2015
A website was created for the competition that decided the new flag of Cornwall, Connecticut. You can see the top three entries at www.cornwallassociation.org/. The winning entry came from Michael Heming, and the website gives the description of the flag and the meaning behind it from its creator:
"The cow symbolizes Cornwall's history as a farming community and home to the Cream Hill Agricultural School (1845-1869), one of the earliest agricultural schools in the US and is still relevant today with several newly established dairy and beef farms. The covered bridge, one of the most famous in New England (1864) symbolizes Cornwall's connection to the traditional architecture of the 19th century, both in its material - wood and its color - barn red. It also represents innovation with its roof for protection from the weather and its single center stonework pier. On the flag the seven white windows of the bridge represent the seven principal localities of Cornwall: Cornwall Bridge, Cornwall, East Cornwall, West Cornwall, North Cornwall, Cream Hill and Cornwall Hollow. The dark blue color represents the three publicly accessible bodies of water - Mohawk Pond, Cream Hill Lake and the Housatonic River. The white on the cow's brow represents the skiing trails on Mohawk Mountain. The green and light blue represent the landscape and the sky and are a reminder that Cornwall's natural beauty endures in its unspoiled fields and forests and clean air."
Randy Young, 19 August 2015