About the Elizabeth Luce Moore Preserve
Part of a 75-acre estate owned by the sister of Henry Luce, founder of Time-Life, the preserve sits on a hillside above the Saugatuck River. The easy-to-follow trails, steep in places, take the hiker over wetlands, past stands of old growth oak, a freely-flowing spring, around what once was a tennis court where prominent guest played, and around a wisteria patch. The hike requires about 45 minutes at a moderate pace. The house and its surroundings are still owned by the Moore family. The Land Trust received a federal grant in 2011 to remove invasive plants from this property.
Historical Note: The first significant migration of outsiders to Weston started in the late 20s and continued through the 30s as the town became a haven for prominent creative people artists, sculptors, writers and editors, actors, and musicians. The influx of these highly talented, educated and successful people marked the end of Weston as a small and simple farm town.
Trail Steward: Wendy MacBeth
Directions & Parking:
North on Lyons Plain Road. Make a hard left onto Davis Hill Road, then left again on Hill Farm Road. Park on the left side, opposite the preserve entrance. There is a pedestrian entrance on David Hill Road across from Martin Road.