Croft History Hike
Time & Location
About the Event
Meet Location: Croft Activity Center, just past the ranger station, same dirt parking lot as the bathhouse.
A breif description of some of the history hike the Croft Historian Stanley will cover:
The area that encompasses the Nature Trail probably has the oldest (known) history of any place in the Park. This history would include a Revolutionary War battle (more of a skirmish in my opinion) that took place within a half-mile of the Fosters Mill site. I'll give your group another version of this skirmish, quite different from the one on the plaque located a short distance away (Entitled: "Battle of Kelsoes Creek"). I'll cover Cols. John Thomas, Jr.'s and Sr.'s land and homesteads, an "old ironworks", and over a period of time (1786 to 1930), the three grist mills that were once at the site. The Col. John and Jane Black Thomas marker/cenotaph is located about a mile to the north of the Nature Trail (Foster's Mill site) and some may think that the area of the marker is Col. Thomas, Sr.'s homestead site. I'll talk about where I've concluded Col. Thomas lived as well as his son, Col. Thomas, Jr. Also, I'll touch on the names of the first settlers who lived in the area of what is now Croft State Park.