Joshua's Trust

Officially known as Joshua’s Tract Conservation and Historic Trust, our nonprofit and largely volunteer conservation organization protects more than 4,500 acres in Northeastern Connecticut. Some properties are owned by the Trust and others are protected by easements, but both methods assure that those lands will remain open space and protected from development forever.

The Joshua’s Trust service area extends throughout Windham and Tolland counties where, on many of our properties, we maintain walking trails open for the public to appreciate and enjoy.

In addition to land, we also maintain two sites of historic significance: the Gurleyville Grist Mill and the Atwood Farm, our headquarters, in Mansfield.

Gurleyville Grist Mill

Our Properties

Explore Local Preservation

The Atwood Farm

Our Headquarters

Meet the "Critter"

Our 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 when signing official documents with the early New England colonists.
The Trust’s first president helped name the organization and suggested that the symbol be included as tribute to Joshua’s concern for preserving the land.
Learn more about the Trust by visiting our History page.