It was 10 years ago that Aspetuck Land Trust (ALT) saved Trout Brook Valley (TBV) from becoming a golf course and luxury housing development. Had it not been for the Aspetuck Land Trust and the many other dedicated people who took on developer National Fairways, there would be a gated subdivision, including a private golf course with a $100,000 membership fee celebrating its 10 th birthday on the beautiful and pristine land that we know as Trout Brook Valley.
ALT paid $11.3 million to purchase TBV. The State of Connecticut provided $6 million towards the purchase, while ALT and The Nature Conservancy raised the remaining $5.3 million from private sources. Then the Town of Weston voted to preserve the 45 acres of TBV located in Weston. Raising this money took years of hard work from many dedicated local groups and the support of actor and philanthropist Paul Newman and his family.
On September 2, 1999, the purchases became official. ALT manages all 1,009 acres of the preserve. If you'd like to explore some of TBV, join us for an Anniversary Hike this fall.
To learn more about the History of Trout Brook Valley, read the 3-part series written by Marcia Miner. These fascinating articles discuss the full story of Valley Forge and Trout Brook Valley.