Turtle Rock (Marlborough)

I Like Turtles
Turtle Rock, Marlborough

February 2, 2008

My original intent was merely to document Connecticut’s odd fascination/tradition with painting roadside rocks as the animal passersby feel they resemble. There are quite a few, as most Nutmeggers know. But when I: a) convinced Internet uberstar EdHill to pose giddily with Turtle Rock on our recent Quiet Corner MegaQuest 1.0 and, b) wrote up our stop at Frog Rock from the same day, and c) realized a tie-in with the ever-wonderful “I like Turtles” kid and Damian’s love of turtles, well, I decided to do a 3 minute write-up. So here we have it.

Less than a mile off of Route 2 in Marlborough on the northbound side (though easily seen in both directions) the turtle lies in wait.


The coolest thing about this particular painted roadside rock are the little feet/claws. To me, that makes this one my favorite of those I have seen (though not yet documented.) So Ed, put on your zombie face paint and tell me what you think.

“I like turtles.”

Here is where you, too, can enjoy Turtle Rock:


What this means for future roadside rocks (Lizard, Snake, Eagle, etc.), I have no idea. Such is the wonder of CTMQ.

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8 responses to “Turtle Rock (Marlborough)”

  1. Liz says:

    Down the road a piece, still on rt. 66 going towards East Hampton, is Eagle Rock. Same side of the road, looks like the same artist too. We go by the two of them quite a bit and get all giddy every time.

  2. honeybunny says:

    That turtle looks like a snake.
    That EdHill looks like a turtle.


  3. Sarah says:

    I’ve called it the Snake Rock…it looks more like a snake.

  4. Steve says:

    But it has feet if you look closely!

  5. Steadyjohn says:

    I always thought this was a snake; I never saw the feet, obscured by weeds I guess (my photo):

    Also the “Eagle Rock” on Rte 66 in Hebron is impressive (my photo):

  6. Steve says:

    Now that I think about it, it’s more of a lizard. Like a Gila Monster.

  7. Sarah says:

    As a transplant, I always thought of it as a fellow transplant – gila monster.

  8. jeff says:

    i was originaly a snake. evidently some chidren were scared so it was changed. it was pretty cool as a snake, much better then the redo to a “turtle”.

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