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Holcombe Preserve Memorial Trail

Description:

One of two properties donated by Josephine Holcombe, this property sits at the bottom of Holcombe hill off of Great Hill Rd. With well kept hiking paths, it is a favorite for midday walks.

The lower meadow on the property hosts many trees that have been planted in memory of people that have passed. There is also a secluded section, hidden away from any trails, where Mrs. Holcombe buried the ashes of her beloved dogs during her lifetime.

Trails: YES Download Trail Map> Bequest from:
Josephine H. Holcombe (76 acres) 1966 & 1987, L.Randall (2 acres) 1974
Total Acres: 78
Special Features:

This is 2 parcels that are not connected, the first parcel on the corner of Great Hill Road and Birch Hill Road with trails is approximately 64 acreas. This parcel is directly abutted by a 30 acre Town open space parcel. There is a 2nd parcel on Birch Hill Road beyond Cannon Drive. These parcel are accross the street from our 86 acre Holcombe Hill Preserve where you will find our Offices and Caretaker residence. There are many trails that pass through this property and geochaches. The lower meadow on the property hosts many trees that have been planted in memory of people that have passed. There is also a secluded section, hidden away from any trails, where Mrs. Holcombe buried the ashes of her beloved dogs. The property is mostely wooded with a few vernal pools, some low lying wetlands along with two smaller meadows along Birch Hill Road.


Facts and Trivia
The barn on the poperty dates back to the 1880's and, partially visible from the exterior still has operating grain chutes. This is a post and beam constructed barn. One of the main cross beams was removed to facilitate a former owner to set up the mast on a sail boat he stored inside. In the late 1980's the NFA coordinated replacing the roof and sill plates to restore the main structure of the building. In the meadow near the barn is an excellent example of one of the rare evergreen trees that looses its needles during the winter - a tamarack larch tree.

LOCATION
Address: 55 Great Hill Road, Newtown, CT 06470
GPS: 41.394586, -73.344167
Parking and Access: Parking On Great Hill Road in front of the Red Barn or Along Birch Hill Road (#5)
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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