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Holcombe Hill Wildlife Preserve – FEATURED

Description:

This 86 acre parcel is situated on the southerly side of Great Hill Road and was donated to NFA in 1997 through the estate of Josephine Holcombe. The property boasts an elevation of 830 ft above sea level, it is the highest point in town, and affords spectacular views of three counties from the 30 acres of hay fields on the property. The buildings on the property are now occupied by NFA offices, maintenance equipment buildings and a caretaker residence.

Trails: YES Download Trail Map> Bequest from:
Josephine H. Holcombe 1997
Total Acres: 86
Special Features:

Mr. and Mrs. Holcombe moved to Newtown in 1934. In that year they purchased land on Great Hill Road in 1938 where she resided until her death in 1997. During WWII the Holcombe’s engaged in farming in the course of which Mrs. Holcombe operated a crawler tractor and raised livestock. Her husband served as First Selectman of Newtown in the 1940’s and was a member of the first Council. For many years Mrs. Holcombe volunteered as an aide and receptionist in the Emergency Room at Danbury Hospital.

Mrs. Holcombe maintained over a mile of trails on her property where she walked her beloved dogs. In addition to this parcel she donated 14 acres on Birch Hill Road and an additional 64 acre parcel on Birch Hill Road with an antique barn known as the Holcombe Memorial Trail.


Facts and Trivia
This property was initially believed to be the highest point in Fairfield County, however, we were corrected and only one ridgeline along the New York state border exceeds this elevation by only a few feet. One September 11th evening while stargazing with the some cubscouts visitors observed the lights from "Ground Zero". Also during the week of Forth of July one can observe countless communities in all directions hosting firework displays; unfortunately, the bugs make it almost untollerable to stand and watch plus the preserve is closed after dark and only open with the express written permission of the Board and requires to be accompanied by a Board Member and/or the Caretaker.

LOCATION
Address: 55 Great Hill Road, Newtown, CT 06470
GPS: 41.398951, -73.346146
Parking and Access: Parking lot located at 55/65 Great Hill Road.
Special Note:
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Property Rules:
This preserve is open to passive recreational activities.
Please leave no evidence of your visit.

Open Sunrise to Sunset.

Pets must remain on a leash; please clean up after your pets.
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