Stonington Land Trust seeks to preserve historically significant properties, and to identify and preserve fragile habitats. As of December 30, 2016, we have preserved 495.40-acres of land in the Anguilla Brook and Pawcatuck River watersheds.
Some of our preserved land is for public use and enjoyment. However, other properties, due to deed restrictions, may limit public access. On these properties, however, SLT hosted events are customary. We invite other organizations to host events on one of our limited access preserves, as well.
Land Acquisitions to Date
Anguilla-Grande Preserve is a 51.64-acre parcel, which includes 33.1-acres on North Anguilla Road, given to us by the Town of Stonington, and 18.54-adjacent-acres, which we purchased from the estate of Carl Grande. These two parcels, together, are called the Anguilla-Grande Preserve.
Fusina Conservation Easement is a 148.3-acre easement, which is located on the Fusina property. This parcel of preserved land runs from Pequot Trail to Route 1. The easement was donated to the Land Trust by the Fusina family.
Grandview Preserve, located on Grandview Farm Drive, is a 27.93-acre, open space parcel, which was created as part of the Grandview Farm subdivision. This preserve is home to beautiful wildflowers; there are two ponds, a small stream and stone walls. This land was donated by the Pequot Development Associates.
Thomas Miner Nature Preserve & Wildlife Sanctuary is 82.61-acres of farm and forest land, which is completely surrounded by stone walls, with interior walls, as well. The woodlands shelter vernal pools, while the hay fields have proved to be very productive nesting sites for bobolinks and other ground-nesting birds. A 4-year long New England Cottontail habitat restoration project is in progress, on this preserve. It is located in the uplands of Stonington, on Taugwonk Road.
Meadow Woods Preserve, located on Meadow Road, is 19.81-acres of primarily wooded land with stone walls, a small pond and 2-acres of land, which are farmed by Eugene & Nancy Bessette, of Shady Lane Farm. This land was donated by the Richard C. Panciera Charitable Remainder Trust II.
Gilbert Preserve is a 3.19-acre parcel of land on Osbrook Point Road, which has important historical significance. The land was formerly owned by Edward S. Moore, Marion Gilbert’s father. The land was donated by Marion Gilbert & family.
Ricker Preserve, is a .81-acre parcel of wooded land, with 180-feet of frontage along Anguilla Brook. It was donated by Judith L. Keith, Robin A. Ricker and Alan Ricker; heirs of the Gladys P. Ricker estate. It is located on Pequot Trail, across from Bill’s Tractor Service. Fishing is allowed, in season, dawn to dusk.
DAVIS FARM ~ THE NEXT THREE ENTRIES BELOW
Osbrook Point Conservation Easements
The Davis Farm, Osbrook Point Conservation Easements are comprised of 46-acres of historically significant land, along the Lower Pawcatuck River. This land has played an important role in both Colonial and Native American history. These parcels have been protected in perpetuity, by the generous donors, who wholeheartedly supported the Land Trust’s Davis Farm Campaign. We sincerely thank you for your support. We could not have done it without YOU!
The Stonington Land Trust and the Trustees of the John Whitman Davis Trust are pleased to announce the closing on two separate conservation easements on the Osbrook Point section of the Davis Farm. This historically significant property is part of the Stanton-Davis Farm, which has been in continuous operation by the same family, since 1654. This 46-acre, portion of the farm is located along the Pawcatuck River estuary, and boasts more than six-tenths of a mile of saltwater river frontage.
Both Larry Davis and his father ‘Whit’ Davis, who passed away a few months prior to this closing, have dedicated their lives to farming and preserving this historic property. The Stonington Land Trust greatly appreciates being the organization, chosen by The John Whitman Davis Trustees, to be the one to hold the conservation easements, on this treasured property.
Larry Davis, John Whitman Davis Trustee comments, “We are grateful to the Stonington Land Trust for their diligent effort and commitment to bringing this project to a successful conclusion.”
The Stonington Land Trust & The John Whitman Davis Trust
September 15, 2016
CLOSING ON GREENHAVEN ROAD PROPERTY COMPLETES HISTORIC PRESERVATION GOAL DECEMBER 30, 2016
The, Stonington Land Trust’s, Stanton-Davis Farm Preservation Project has come to a successful conclusion. It has been an exciting and challenging project! We would like to express our deep appreciation to each and every one of our partners, supporters and donors. Because of your support, we have successfully closed on all 4 conservation easements; two on the Osbrook Point section of the farm and two easements up on the Greenhaven Road section.
Because of your generosity, we have been able to preserve, for all generations to come, the last remaining unprotected acreage of this historic, 1654 farm. During the process we have met many new folks, who have become friends. It has been a pleasure to come to know those who share a love of history and preservation, the way we do.
Also, we thank our late friend, ‘Whit’ Davis, and his son Larry for their lifelong, steadfast commitment to preservation and to farming. The Stonington Land Trust greatly appreciates being the organization chosen, by the John Whitman Davis Trustees, to be the one to hold these treasured conservation easements.
The Osbrook Point conservation easements, 46-acres, closed on September 15, 2016. The Greenhaven Road easements, 115.74-acres, followed on December 30, 2016.
Thank You! We could not have done it without all of you!
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