This property was donated to Joshua’s Trust by C & M Associates. It is a portion of a 270 acre subdivision and satisfies the open space requirements of the town of Ashford.

This preserve lies mostly in a narrow strip extending nearly .7m from Armitage Rd. to Bissonette Pond. Major features include the stream itself; approximately 7 acres of herbaceous/shrub wetland; a portion of a stand of unusually large black birch (Betula lenta); a former gravel pit 100 yards west of Armitage Road, sometimes with an active beaver (Castor canadensis) colony adjoining the brook; an old mill site plus a massive stone bridge abutment; a ravine shaded by mature hemlocks (Tsuga canadensis), and a variety of plant and animal resources which have been relatively undisturbed for years.

This preserve is part of the Fenton River Greenway, a tri-town effort to protect land on both sides of the Fenton, including it’s tributaries, their headwater streams, and water bodies.

About the Property

Location: Ashford, off Armitage Road. Parcel extends slightly into Willington.
Donors: This piece was given to the Trust by C&M Associates to meet the Ashford open space requirement of a subdivision.
Acres: 42 protected acres.
Preserved In: 1990
Stewards: John Barclay, Craig Smith, Ann Marie Starck

Trail Information

Trail Map: Click here for the trail map. You will need Adobe Acrobat to view or print our trail maps.
Directions: From the intersection of Rt. 89 and Rt. 44 in Ashford, go north on Rt. 89. Turn left at the stop sign when Rt. 89 takes a 90 degree left turn. At 5.2 miles where Rt. 89 makes a 90 degree right turn, go straight onto Turnpike Road. Go .6 miles and turn right onto Armitage Road. At .7 miles, look on your left for the preserve sign. Park near the gate or on the shoulder of Armitage Road.