From This Website:
“In the eastern part of this town there is a rough and mountainous district, formerly designated Satan’s Kingdom, and the few inhabitants who lived here were in a measure shut out from the rest of mankind. An inhabitant of the town invited one of his neighbors, who lived within the limits of this district, to go and hear Mr. Marsh, the first minister who was settled in the town. He was prevailed upon to go to church in the forenoon. In the course of his prayer, Mr. Marsh, among other things, prayed that Satan’s kingdom might be destroyed. It appears that the inhabitant of this district, took the expression in a literal and tangible sense, having probably never heard the expression used but in reference to the district wherin he resided. Being asked to go to meeting in the afternoon, he refused, stating that Mr. Marsh had insulted him; “for blast him,” said he, “when he prayed for the destruction of Satan’s kingdom, he very well knew all my interests lay there.”
From “Weird New England”:
“Descriptions from the eighteenth century tell of the sort of people who were attracted to its forbidding wilds: ‘Indians, Negroes, and renegade whites’ claimed the area as their home turf, from which they would venture out to rob,steal, and otherwise terrorize the law-abiding local citizens. Legends say that Satan himself once claimed the area as his own, until the angel Gabriel decided the area was too idyllic and cleared out the dark lord and his band of demons.”
These days Satan’s Kingdom is a tranquil and scenic recreation area – huge business tubing down the Farmington River. Satan’s Kingdom Road itself is horribly rutted and sketchy however, as my hike along it via the Tunxis trail taught me.
UPDATE: I’ve noticed the roadsign has been stolen (early summer 2008).
UPDATE TO THE UPDATE!!: Okay, so if you’re the town manager and you are sick and tired of replacing the “Satan’s Kingdom” road sign that gets continually stolen by teenage stoners, what can you do? I figure you have a few choices…
A) Bolt it stronger, cement it, etc – expensive and not guaranteed
B) Forget about it – Dangerous to those who live on the road (re: EMS) and confusing to Tunxis Trail hikers
C) Deliberately misspell the name of the road to dissuade thievery.
And the answer is…
C) Deliberately misspell the name of the road to dissuade theivery.
(September 13, 2008)