The 68-acre Atwood Farm was given to Joshua’s Trust in 2012 as a bequest from Isabelle Atwood, a life-long Mansfield resident and a founding member of the Trust. Isabelle and her twin sister Harriet were born in 1918 and lived on the farm all of their lives, until Harriet’s death in 1984.
The farm includes the rambling nineteenth century home the Trust now uses for its operations, as well as a barn, a blacksmith’s shop and other outbuildings. The grounds also include an extensive heirloom fruit orchard, woodlots, pastures and hayfields which are currently managed by a local farmer.
“Thanks to the astounding generosity of Isabelle Atwood,” Joshua’s Trust Executive Director Michael Hveem said, “we now have a historic and comfortable space where volunteers can work together, where we can host public events, and where people can learn what conservation meant a hundred years ago and what it means today.”
The historical significance of the farm includes a link to Connecticut politics: Isabelle Atwood’s grandfather purchased the property that is now the Farm in 1877. In that same year he married Harriet Cross – first cousin to Wilbur Cross, who served as Connecticut’s governor from 1931 to 1939.
About the Property
Location: Mansfield Center, Connecticut
Donor: Isabelle Atwood
Visit the Farm
Directions: At the intersection of Gurleyville Road and Wormwood Hill Road (Wormwood Hill Road runs between Route 89 and Route 44)
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm, or by appointment