Aurelle Locke

Heublein Tower and King Phillips Cave

Aurelle Locke, Hueblein Tower and King Phillip's Cave, full
Aurelle Locke, Hueblein Tower and King Phillip’s Cave, full

 

Aurelle Locke, Hueblein Tower and King Phillip's Cave, detail
Aurelle Locke, Hueblein Tower and King Phillip’s Cave, detail

Both of these are on Talcott Mountain, a part of the Metacomet Ridge, in Simsbury, CT. The Tower was built in 1914 and served as the summer home and retreat for Gilbert Heublein. It is 165 feet tall and there are 110 steps to the observation room. The

Tower is now owned by the State of Connecticut and managed by CT DEEP (Department of Energy and Environmental Protection). Friends of Heublein Tower have helped in the preservation of the Tower. It has been visited by Dwight Eisenhower, Prescott Bush and Ronald Reagan, among others. It is open to the public to visit.

The Cave supposedly was used by King Philip, or Metacomet his Indian name, during war with the settlers in 1676. While it can be seen from open areas below the Mountain, it is very difficult and dangerous to get to.

I find the starkness of the Tower standing on top of the curvy, tree-covered hill an intriguing sight. That the Cave can be seen in the same view makes it doubly interesting. I made this wall hanging long and skinny and quilted it to accent this to emphasize how the Tower dominates the view from the valley below.