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1. Goshen's Treasures

Tour Four begins in Goshen at the junction of Rte. 63 and Rte. 4. Goshen, settled in 1738, is noted for its' rolling hills, sparkling lakes and rich agricultural heritage.

To visit Sunset Meadow Vineyards, a family owned and operated vineyard on over 40 acres of sloping fields overlooking the picturesque sunsets and scenery of the Western Connecticut Highlands take Rte. 63 south for 2 miles. Guests can enjoy a taste of their award-winning, estate wines in an originally constructed 1800's tasting room. Retrace your steps back to the center of Goshen passing the Goshen Fairgrounds. This famous agricultural fair, one of the oldest in the state takes place every Labor Day Weekend.

To learn about the history of this village, visit the Goshen Historical Society Museum, located in the 1824 Eagle Academy Building on Rte. 63 south of the center. The museum is a treasure house of Goshen's rich cultural heritage with two floors of displays including old cheese presses and cheese boxes. Goshen was home to the first cheese factory in 1810. Leading up to the opening of the factory, in 1792, the Norton family began to ship cheese in round cakes and containers; later they developed the first aspired or "pineapple" cheese. The Norton family used the pulp from annatto seed to "paint" their cheese yellow. This was the first cheese that was not white and it brought higher prices. Yellow cheese is still popular today.

In Goshen center, there are two architecturally interesting buildings to photograph, the 1833 Federally styled Congregational Church famous for its' missionaries to the Sandwich Islands, and the Old Town Hall, built in the Victorian style in 1895 and home to the Goshen Players.