Greenleaf Preserve is 33 acre wildlife sanctuary in southern Newtown, Connecticut. The property consists of a diverse assemblage of meadows, wetlands, and forest. It is a rich and diverse system with an abundant number of habitats for its small size. The property was protected and set aside as a preserve in the early 1990s when the historic farm in which it was located was subdivided. The NFA’s goal for the property is “to safeguard and enhance the natural resources of the property, with an emphasis on wildlife habitat diversity management.”
The piece of land on which Greenleaf Preserve now is located is part of a larger historic farm that still exists in remnants along Poverty Hollow Road. The Platt family homestead dates back to 1800 and still stands on the present day Atlasta farm. In the 1800s and early 1900s much of the land in Poverty Hollow belonged to the Platt family, and was the site of some innovative agriculture. Theron Platt (1848-1927) was a scientific farmer who specialized in the breeding of potatoes. He was responsible for the introduction of an important blight resistant potato variety, and used fields on the property for his research. His brother Johnson Platt was a well-respected lawyer and professor at Yale University, and his son Philo Platt (1880-1926) became the first Connecticut Commissioner of Agriculture from the town of Newtown.
Please leave no evidence of your visit.
Open Sunrise to Sunset.
Pets must remain on a leash; please clean up after your pets.