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|On Aug 17, 2008, jessesgirl Willimantic, CT wrote:
The last time I went to caprilands was on a cool autumn day several years ago. It was wonderful. The wood stove was going and you could smell the herbs and incense. The shop had all sorts of things to look at and to buy. The grounds were a bit overgrown but I was okay with that because the atmosphere was so welcoming and warm. I saw the "company's" response to a visitors complaint and thought that things must be going well. I listen to the phone message about hours of operations and events etc. and again it sounded good so off I went. But the place is in total disrepair. The shop has all old products, there are cobwebs..it is just a mess. I understand that it is now in the hands of a foundation. I hope that they can revive the beauty and the spirit of capriland's. But, until they have made some headway it would be best not to be open for business. I think having people see the place in its current state will do more harm than good. Your phone message should explain that Capriland's in going through a period of renewal and ask that people check back in from time to time to see what stage you have reached or how they could help..that should probably be the focus of the website too.
|On Aug 6, 2006, AOC124 Ottsville, PA wrote:
Disappointed but hopeful- Yes I too, have wanted to visit Caprilands for many years and finally this summer we departed from vacation iteniary and decided to find it. We never found it.... We stopped to ask locals and know one seem to know what we were talking about. I hope the restoration will continue and we will look forward to finding it again another year.
On Aug 6, 2006, Caprilands Herb Farm responded with:
On Aug 6, 2006 11:28 AM, Caprilands Herb Farm added:
Caprilands has about 65 acres of land and has never moved and never closed. Directions to the Farm are posted on our Web site and a sign pointing to Caprilands has stood for decades and still stands on US44 at the head of Silver Street in North Coventry. Directions are also available by telephoning the Farm and listening to the recorded dirtections, available at all hours.
|On May 6, 2006, gardenin_in_CT Danielson, CT wrote:
I was so bitterly disappointed last Spring when I invited my Aunt to join me on a day trip to Caprilands. She drove an hour and a half to my house and then another hour to Caprilands. I remember visiting with my mother about 15 years ago and falling in love with gardening. We spent the day looking at lush beautiful gardens with intricate patterns and plants I had never heard of before. (Mind you I was in my late teens) When we arrived what we saw just made me want to cry. The gardens were overwraught with weeds, the few plants in the back greenhouse were infested with white flies or were half dead. We came across the book store (I remember Adelma Simmons signing one of the books we purchased that day) only to find the rotting remains of something on the floor. The giftshop was still open but the selection of items (except the teapots which were beautiful) ie: herb packets, potpourri, soaps, etc looked as if they had been there for years. I expected the herbs to be dried not petrified. It was indeed very sad to see Ms. Simmons dream wasted away like that. I hope someone will take it upon themselves to revive this once magical place and to restore the dream that was Caprilands.
On May 6, 2006, Caprilands Herb Farm responded with:
On May 20, 2006 10:40 AM, Caprilands Herb Farm added:
These comments are very mistaken.