Granby Land Trust annual meeting brings community together

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Granby Land Trust’s annual meeting was held at Holcomb Farm’s North Barn.

Steve Hastings accepts the 2019 Mary Edwards Friend of the Land Trust award from Rick Orluk.
Mark Williams was the featured speaker at the Land Trust annual meeting. Photos by Shirley Murtha

On Nov. 3, the Granby Land Trust held its annual meeting at Holcomb Farm’s North Barn. About 70 people turned out to enjoy the company of conservation-minded neighbors over a delicious potluck supper and to learn about the many 2019 accomplishments of the Granby Land Trust. A few highlights of the year included: the acquisition of 45 acres of historical, agricultural land at 143 Simsbury Road, which was at risk of being developed if the GLT had not gotten involved; the donation of the 29-acre Katan-Ensor Preserve, which abuts GLT land in the area of Old Messenger Road; the donation of the 20-acre Van Vleck Preserve, which abuts GLT land on Loomis Street; the hard work of submitting an application for accreditation renewal by the national Land Trust Alliance.  The Trust also increased stewardship and maintenance of GLT properties and a full schedule of hikes, special events, and outreach activities.

Local historian and retired history teacher Mark Williams was the featured speaker at the meeting. Mark provided a fascinating overview of the history of the Sadoce Wilcox House on Simsbury Road. Built in 1787, the house had been in the Wilcox family since the day it was built, until it was acquired by the Granby Land Trust in October of this year.

The meeting culminated with the presentation of the 2019 Mary Edwards Friend of the Land Trust Award, the highest honor awarded by the GLT. It was presented to Steve Hastings. Steve worked with the Land Trust and the Salmon Brook Historical Society to see that the Sadoce Wilcox House and the 45-acre property upon which it sits were preserved forever. The historical society will take ownership of the house and barn in the near future. We thank Steve for his family’s stewardship of this historic West Granby property and we salute his vision to see that it was protected for future generations.