Saturday I took a friend horseback riding. We started at my house on Long Hill Rd and meandered up Indian Hill behind the John Crow Farm. As we went higher and higher the mountains came into view, what a picturesque sight before me. I felt as though I was riding in the Rockies. A sense of calm overcame me. That’s one of the best things about Groton, the beautiful landscape. Miles of trails interconnecting the town and we have a small group of people to thank for that. Hats off to all of you who have worked so hard to make Groton what it is today.
In 1967, our family came to Groton and lived at the Lawrence Homestead on Farmer’s Row. At that time, my father worked for James Lawrence as an Architect. We were blessed to grow up in such a beautiful home on Groton’s most scenic street surrounded by farmland.
The reason people come here is because it’s a beautiful place to call home. We are the quintessential New England community, with church steeples dotting the horizon, an historic downtown, and many events which bring the community together.
But I am truly saddened with the turn of events in the last few years. I find myself at a quandary. I don’t understand why we have to destroy a beautiful hay field on Groton’s most scenic road, Farmer’s Row, to build a central fire station that grows in size because its belly needs more room to expand.
Everyday I look at the papers and I see Groton families being foreclosed on. People are losing their jobs and families are struggling. We are still in a Recession, the worst since the Great Depression. Yet, we are hell bent on building the biggest and the best central fire station in all the land for all to see. Do we live in the land of plenty along with the kings? Are we the town that turns our heads on the less fortunate so we can have the biggest and the best?
The English nursery rhyme comes to mind regarding our beloved town and where it’s headed:
Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty together again.