Let the celebration begin!

JT_50Circle-150wThe festivities begin on April 23 with the publication of “50 Years of Trust,” Favretti’s full-length history of our organization. The well-known author and former University of Connecticut professor will be on hand to chat with Trust members and sign copies of his book at the Eagleville Firehouse at the inter- section of Routes 195 and 32 in Mansfield. Our “house” band, the Juniper Hill Jumpers, will provide music for the event.

Our “Passport Walks” begin the first weekend in April and continue until November. This program gives outdoor enthusiasts a chance to explore many of the Trust’s wellmarked and wonderful trails throughout the region.

Participants may obtain a passport book from individual walk leaders or at the Trust office and will receive a 50th anniversary stamp for each trail they walk. Collect 18 stamps to receive a string backpack decorated with our Joshua’s Trust 50th Anniversary logo.

Our two historic properties will open with special tours: the Grist Mill on May 15, and the Atwood Farm on June 11. The latter will have a number of the outbuildings opened for the first time, including the blacksmith shop, the ice house and the hen house.

Make sure to check back here at the JT website for the most up to date information on 50th Anniversary Events.

Here’s how we celebrate 50 years of conservation.


EVENT Trust Book Signing
DATE & TIME Saturday, April 23, 2- 5 p.m.
LOCATION Eagleville Firehouse (Rts. 32 and 275), Mansfield
Rudy Favretti, book signing April 23rd Eagleville fire department.A celebration of the Trust’s beginning! Rudy Favretti will be signing his book on the history of the Trust (50 Years of Trust), and Hill Bullard and our “house” band the Juniper Hill Jumpers will play the music! Come eat, drink and celebrate with other Trust friends! (No cost).


EVENT Passport Walks
DATE & TIME Spring – Fall 2016
LOCATION Various Joshua’s Trust Properties
Learn more about the Trust by taking guided walks on our properties. Walk leaders will give you a special passport for stamps for each walk you do. Collect 18 stamps from walks this year in your passport and you will get aJoshua’s Trust string backpack – great for all those things you need for a walk. View the Passport walk list.


EVENT Grist Mill Opening
DATE & TIME Sunday, May 15 1-5 p.m.
LOCATION Grist Mill, Stone Mill Road, Mansfield
gristmill_1The Gurleyville Grist Mill opens today and we will celebrate with docent tours. A film will be shown at the Atwood Farm at 3:00 p.m. that features the Grist Mill and some other places in Mansfield. Take a walk along the Fenton River on the blue trail at your leisure.


EVENT Atwood Farm
DATE & TIME Saturday, June 11, 12-4 p.m.
LOCATION Atwood Farm, Wormwood Hill Road, Mansfield
Connecticut Open House Day. Come see the historic property that is now our headquarters. A number of the outbuildings will be open including the Weaver’s House, the Blacksmith Shop, the hen house, and the house itself.


EVENT Art Exhibit and Cider Pressing
DATE & TIME Sunday, October 9, 2-4 p.m.
LOCATION Atwood Farm, Wormwood Hill Road, Mansfield
Learning about apple cider makingCome see what the plein air artists have been painting atthe farm, as well as a display of fiber art by well-known Chaplin artist Cathy Smith. Cider pressing with apples from the Atwood Farm’s trees.


EVENT Gala & Annual Dinner
DATE & TIME Saturday, October 15, 6-10 p.m.
LOCATION Camp Horizons, South Windham
Our Gala and Annual Dinner will feature awards andmusic by John Paolillo. More details will be forth coming in the late summer.