— officially, Joshua’s Tract Conservation and Historic Trust — protects more than 4,000 acres in Northeastern Connecticut. Some properties are owned by the Trust and others are protected by easements; both methods assure that those lands will not be developed Forever.
Joshua’s Trust serves areas that extend through Windham County and into Tolland County.
In addition to land, we also maintain two sites of historic significance: the Gurleyville Gristmill and the Atwood Farm.
Meet the “Critter”
Our CT land trust is named for Joshua, son of Uncas, Mohegan Sachem, who in 1676 bequeathed his hunting grounds in the heart of eastern Connecticut to “16 men of Norwich”.
The “Critter” is the seal used by the original Joshua. Joshua used this symbol when signing official documents with the early New England colonists, including the bequest of land.
The Trust’s first president, Gertrude Lamb, helped name the organization and suggested that the symbol be included as part of the imagery of the Trust in tribute to Joshua’s concern for preserving the land after his death. It is now recognized as the Trust’s logo.
Joshua’s Trust is headquartered at the Atwood Farm, 624 Wormwood Hill Road, Mansfield Center, CT 06250.