The wildflower preserve is part of a larger forested area known locally as the "Old 600" or "Slaterville 600." The name refers to the size of what was once a magnificent old-growth forest. The parcel was a military lot of 600 acres, or slightly less than one square mile. These lots were given to soldiers of the Revolutionary War in lieu of payment. The old-growth forest was once a favorite nesting site for the now extinct passenger pigeon (Norris, 1951).
Attention! You will need to wade across Six Mile Creek to get to the wildflower preserve. Depending on the season and recent weather, the water may be 6 to 18 inches deep. The rocks and creek bed can be extremely slippery, especially in the fall and winter. Wear rubber-soled boots or sneakers.