Windfield Acres

Windfield Acres is a one acre wooded lot on the Willimantic River with marked boundaries and no trails. A small Joshua’s Trust sign is visible from the road, and parking is available alongside the road. Location: Thornbush Road, Mansfield Acres: 1 acre Steward: Neal A. Lewis

Nate And Theora Whetten Woods

Whetten Woods was a gift of the Whetten family.  The trail leads through a forested area with rolling terrain, stone walls and a band of wetlands through the center. There is a small parking area on Hanks Hill Road.  There also is a Joshua’s Trust sign at the Hope Lutheran Church on Dog Lane, and… Read more »

Lof Woodlands

John Löf Woodlands John Löf was known for his generosity to the community. In 2009 he donated this beautiful 18-acre parcel to Joshua’s Trust. For thirty years, when he wasn’t teaching electrical engineering at UConn or running the Computer Center, he tapped maple trees on the property and tended his garden, while his wife Ruth… Read more »

Knowlton Hill Preserve

Knowlton Hill Preserve Knowlton Hill, a Joshua’s Trust Preserve, Mansfield and Ashford, CT C.C. Knowlton, a wealthy mill owner, built his copper roofed summer home at the top of Knowlton Hill in the style of Watch Hill. His granddaughter, Mildred Hammond-Knowlton and her niece, Evelyn Guymon, gave this tract to the Trust. The most distinctive… Read more »

Dunham Woods

    The Dunham family had a farm in this area from 1695 to 1873. They were descendants of Mary Dunham, who settled with her son in one of the original homes in Mansfield Center. This area is in the vicinity of the original Joshua’s Tract, bequeathed to “16 Men of Norwich”. This preserve makes… Read more »

Bailey Property

Bailey’s Property is a maturing white oak forest with numerous boulders throughout its southern half. Serving as a buffer between residential development along Crane Hill Road and the larger Wolf Rock and Sawmill Brook preserves, the property neighbors the Trust’s Wolf Rock Preserve to the east and the abandoned Blacksmith Road to the south. Location:… Read more »

Michael’s Preserve and Ysebaert Sanctuary

Michael’s Preserve and Ysebaert Sanctuary This is a beautiful area on the west side of the Fenton River. It has a large variety of plant and animal life and nicely supplements the Gristmill meadow. It probably looks much as it did when Wilbur Cross was alive. This land is a gift to the land trust… Read more »

Wolf Rock Nature Preserve

Wolf Rock Nature Preserve Joshua’s Trust Wolf Rock, Mansfield, CT Wolf Rock is one of Mansfield’s most spectacular landmarks, consisting of a great glacial boulder almost round, perhaps two yards in diameter. Perched atop a sheer forty foot cliff, this huge boulder testifies to the force of the glacier that moved southward through this area,… Read more »

Merrow Parcel

The sloping, wooded Merrow Parcel complements the town of Mansfield’s Open Space Plan and sets a precedent for frontage open space protection. This precedent will be very important when the lot that surrounds Merrow Parcel is subdivided. Location: Mansfield, on the east side of Route 32 (Stafford Road) and opposite of Sharon Drive. Donors: George… Read more »

Gurleyville Gristmill and House

The Gurleyville Gristmill, located on the beautiful Fenton River, offers a unique opportunity to observe rural 19th century gristmill technology. It contains a complete system of preserved milling equipment. This is not a restoration; here visitors see the equipment as it was operated over many decades and to the middle of this century. A sawmill… Read more »

Proposal Rock

Proposal Rock Joshua’s Trust Proposal Rock, Mansfield, CT photo courtesy of Joan Hill In 2003, just 2 years after Coney Rock Preserve was established, Leonora Mullane offered her adjacent parcel to Joshua’s Trust at a bargain sale price. The preserve is named “proposal rock” because her father proposed to her mother at one of these… Read more »

Owen’s Mere

Owen’s Mere Owen’s Mere was a gift to the trust from Charles A. and Mabel D. Owen. The main feature is the man made pond over one-half acre in size, created by an earthen dam on King’s Brook. The dam on the west side has had a large number of small and medium sized trees… Read more »

Dorothy Goodwin Reserve

The Dorothy Goodwin Reserve arcs around a private 4.5 acre parcel containing the former Goodwin House. The eastern side of the reserve contains a hemlock grove and a a magnificent ledgey knoll, with rock from what is now Africa. The reserve continues through an open wooded area with stone walls and large trees to another… Read more »

David Storrs Chapin Coney Rock Preserve

photo courtsey of Joan Hill In 2002 David Storrs Chapin, son of Warren Chapin and great grandson of the Storrs family, generously donated this parcel to Joshua’s Trust, preserving a property of beautiful scenery and impressive geologic and historical interest. Since then, successive acquisitions have built this initial gift into the very beautiful and popular… Read more »

Jerauld A. Manter Tract

The Jerauld A. Manter Tract provides a green area in a closely subdivided residential neighborhood. The oak and hickory uplands at the preserve’s outer edges buffer a wetland area in its center. While the tract is too small and too wet for recreational access, it is a strong visual asset in its surrounding neighborhood. Location:… Read more »

Jacob’s Hill Preserve

Jacob’s Hill serves as a buffer between the Nipmuck Trail and the sights and sounds of the homes along Jacob’s Hill Road. The narrow part of the parcel is crossed by a trail owned by the Town of Mansfield the connects Jacob’s Hill Road to the Nipmuck Trail. The gentle slopes of Jacob’s Hill are… Read more »

Mason’s Mill Site

Mason’s Mill Preserve This grist and saw mill was built by Zebulon Gurley sometime prior to 1778. It is known as Mason’s Mill, named after the Mason family who acquired it in the latter half of the 19th century. It was operated as an up-and-down saw mill, and although this type of mill went out… Read more »

Rollin Corner

The forest at Rollin Corner retains signs of its life as a 19th-century village, including the sites of both an early Methodist Church and the Parker Bit & Auger Shop. Near Wormwood Hill, stone foundations dot the wooded area. In the parcel’s northeastern corner, a series of vernal pools drain to an intermittent stream in… Read more »

Haberman Haven

Haberman Haven is an irregular, pistol-shaped floodplain preserve formed through the combination of two abutting parcels. The widest part of the preserve lies in Mansfield along the east side of Route 89, and a long, narrow extension of the preserve reaches across the Mt. Hope River. The floodplain has dense riparian thicket vegetation that makes… Read more »