The property was the gift of Ellen D. Preston and was named in memory of her late husband. After the Ashford Oak, this property was the first major acquisition for Joshua’s Trust outside of Mansfield. A loop trail more than a mile long passes through two open fields, farm lands that have reverted to woods and along the Little River
The eastern portion was used as pastureland as recently as the 1990s. Although thickly covered with invasive shrubs, it provides an increasingly rare habitat for shrub-loving species. It has been left to revert to forest, as has the remainder of the preserve which is covered by a 30-year-old oak-hickory forest.
About the Property
Location: Hampton, CT. Route 97 about 3 miles north of town center.
Donors: Ellen D. Preston
Acreage: 107.34 acres
Preserved in: 1977, 1988
Stewards: Scott Matthies