1966Joshua's Tract Conservation and Historic Trust -- 'Joshua's Trust' -- was organized and incorporated in 1966. It grew out of a joint initiative of the Mansfield Historical Society and the Mansfield Conservation Commission, and the support of a number of residents in Mansfield and beyond. The Trust's initial financial assets totaled $1,400 from 56 founding contributors.
1970In 1970 the Trust added its first property.
1980The pace of acquisitions accelerated greatly during the 1980s when 18 tracts were added to the Trust's holdings, and this acceleration continued through the 90s. The Trust has also been actively working with landowners in establishing conservation restrictions (easements).
1988The Trust acquired it's first conservation easement in 1988 on 87 acres in Ashford. Since the founding of Joshua's Tract Conservation and Historic Trust in 1966, the Trust has extended its interest to towns outside of the original Joshua's Tract, so that all ten towns of the Windham Region are included, and one, Tolland, in Tolland county.
1992In 1992 the Trust obtained from the Town of Mansfield a 30-year lease on the Schoolhouse and renovated it for use as an office and headquarters.
2011After years of effort, Joshua’s Trust was granted national accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. The accreditation – one of only four granted in Connecticut -- signifies that Joshua’s Trust meets national standards of excellence in upholding the public trust and ensuring that conservation efforts are permanent.
2012Long-time supporter Isabelle Atwood bequeaths her historic Gurleyville home and farm to Joshua's Trust, making it the second historic site among the properties protected by JT.
2015The Trust moved its offices from the Eagleville Schoolhouse to the historic Atwood Farm.
Links to more history:
Uncas, Joshua and a history of Hebron, from the Hebron Historical Society.