Properties

The Berlin Land Trust (BLT) currently holds title to over 245 acres of land and has conservation agreements or easements for approximately 60 acres of property in Berlin and adjacent towns. Since our first acquisition in 1992, the open space preserved and protected by the BLT has grown significantly.

Descriptions and access information are provided below in order by date acquired.

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Properties in Trust: 

Descriptions of Berlin Land Trust owned properties and access information is provided below in order by the date acquired. The size of the property listed within each description is based on property documentation and deeds.

Worthington Point - Berlin

Donated by the Town of Berlin

Size: Fourteen hundredths (.14) of an acre

Acquired: March 1992

Location: On Silver Lake along Worthington Point Road

Access: Look for boundary marker on south side of Worthington Point Road.

https://earth.app.goo.gl/UJUDt



Long Acres Preserve - Berlin Parcel Middletown Parcel

Donated by Alice Fern Bruce and dedicated to the memory of Alexander and Lydia I. Bruce and family.

Size: 40.75 acres on the ridge line of Lamentation Mountain.

Acquired: June 1995

Location: Lamentation Mountain in both Berlin and Middletown

Access: At the end of Overhill Road located off the northbound lane of the Berlin Turnpike and is a quick right just after the Best Western Hotel.

https://earth.app.goo.gl/4ZBTk


Hayes Preserve - Berlin: Parcel 1 Parcel 2 Parcel 3

Donated by Hermance R. and Marquerite C. Hayes

Size: 2 acres ±

Acquired: August 1997

Location: On Worthington Ridge Extension, BerlinCT

Access: Northeast of where Worthington Ridge crosses the Berlin Turnpike. Look for Worthington Ridge Extension signs. After crossing the turnpike, travel north on Worthington Ridge Extension looking to the east side of the road.


EmilyD. Chotkowski and Francis C. Kowalczyk Park - Berlin

Donated by Dr. Ludmil Chotkowski and dedicated to the memory of his wife, Emily D. Chotkowski, and to a good friend who died as a result of wounds received in WWII actions - Corporal Francis C. Kowalczyk, a member of the Army Medical Corps.

Size: 2.5 acres including a section of Crooked Brook.

Acquired: September 1997

Location: On Orchard Road, Berlin

Access: On the south side of Orchard Road just east of the intersection with Kensington Road.

 

Shepard-Cancellarini Preserve - Middletown

Acquired by means of a bargain sale from the William Shepard Family using funds from the Paul & Mary Cancellarini Charitable Trust.

Size: 12.5 acres

Acquired: September 1998

Location: Forested land on the eastern slope of Lamentation Mountain in Middletown.

Access: Off Lamentation Drive in Berlin. Look for the gate to Stantack Road. Follow the road about 1/2 mile south. The preserve property extends west to the top of the ridge.

https://earth.app.goo.gl/iJpgQ


Ragged Mountain Parcel - Berlin

Donated by Earl H. Wicklund. 

Size: Eight tenths (.8) of an acre

Acquired: December 2002

Location: Ragged Mountain in Berlin

Access: This property is forever wild forested land near the top of Ragged Mountain.

 

Shepard Preserve - Middletown

Donated by Jane Shepard of Pennsylvania, in memory of her husband William Shepard, a former resident of the area.

Size: < 12 acres (11.49)

Acquired: December 2002

Location: Forested land on the eastern slope of Lamentation Mountain in Middletown.

Access: Off Lamentation Drive in Berlin. Look for the gate to Stantack Road and park. Walk the gravel road (Stantack) about 1/2 mile south. The preserve property extends west to the top of the ridge.

https://earth.app.goo.gl/LE4e9


Shekosky Farm Site - Cromwell

Donated by Francis E. Shekosky

Size: < 1 acre (.73) of former pastureland for the Shekosky farm. 

Acquired: June 2003

Location: 20 Berlin Road, Cromwell, CT

Access: From Berlin Road – CT Route 524.

 

Kummer Farm - New Britain

Donated by Felix Kummer, the property has been in the Kummer family for several generations as part of their farm and is in pristine condition.

Size: < 15 acres (14.9) of woodland

Acquired: September 2003

Location: 429 Reservoir Road, New Britain, CT

Access: On north side of Reservoir Road just before New Britain watershed property.

 

Lavery Lane Sanctuary - Berlin

Donated by Shuttle Meadow Development LLC as a wooded open space parcel of a residential subdivision.

Size: .74-acre and .42-acre wildlife sanctuary and residential buffer

Acquired: September 2006

Location: Lavery Lane, Berlin

Access: This property is forever wild with no direct access.

 

Stonebridge Preserve - Rocky Hill

Donated by Stonebridge Berlin Associates, LP

Size: 10.38 acres of wooded property adjacent to the Berlin border. 

Acquired: December 2008

Location: Landlocked property on New Britain Avenue in Rocky Hill, CT

Access: This property is forever wild with no direct access.

 

Berlin Turnpike Lot 15A - Berlin
Donated by Carys Real, LLC

Size: 6.56 acres

Acquired: July 2009

Location: West side of Berlin Turnpike just after the Route 9 exchange

Access: North of parking lot at 1100 Berlin Turnpike. Much of the property is wetlands.

 

Mountain View Preserve Acres - Cromwell 
Donated by Reed Builders, LLC

Size: 11.19 acres 

Acquired: September 2009

Location: 7 Ledge Road, Cromwell, CT

Access: North side of Ledge Road, approximately 100 feet east of North Road; or between lots 6 and 7 on Jennifer Lane.


Nancy Rossberg "Conservation Subdivision Plan" - Cromwell
Donated by Bruno Baroni & Son Construction Company, LLC

Size: 2.58 acres

Acquired: August 2010

Location: 120 North Road, Cromwell, CT

Access: East of 120 North Road (A private way) approximately 300 feet on the left.

 

Wicklund Preserve Parcel I  and Wicklund Preserve Parcel II – Berlin
Donated by Earl H. Wicklund, Inc.

Size: 36.15 acres

Acquired: September 2011

Locations: Parcel I - Savage Hill Road; Parcel II - Somerset Drive

Access: From Sage Park on Berlin Turnpike. Preserve properties are east of softball fields and the Kiwanis Pavilion.


Walsh Preserve - Berlin

Donated by John W. Walsh

Size: 2.6 acres

Acquired: December 2011

Location: Four Rod Road, Berlin, CT

Access: North of Wildermere Road on east side of Four Rod Road.


Paul Preserve - Berlin

Donated by Michael J. Paul, David S. Paul, and Jeffrey A. Paul

Size: 5.61 acres

Acquired: October 2012

Location: Berlin Turnpike

Access: On the northbound side of turnpike between 1219 & 1251 Berlin Turnpike.


Maloney Bird Sanctuary – Berlin

Donated by Patricia M. Maloney and the trustees of the John W. Maloney Trust

Size: 1.89 acres

Acquired: August 2013

Location: 35 Copper Beach Court

Access: This property is forever wild with no direct access.


Melanie Backes Preserve - Berlin

Purchased in a Bargain Sale from William Backes

Size: 6.1 acres

Acquired: September 2013

Location: Off Edgewood Road

Access: This property is forever wild with no direct access.


Lamentation Mountain Preserve – Middletown

Purchased in a Bankruptcy Sale

Size: 9 acres ±

Acquired: December 2013

Location: Forested land on the eastern slope of Lamentation Mountain in Middletown.

Access: Off Lamentation Drive. Park at gate on Stantack Road and follow the blue trail to the top of the ridge.

https://earth.app.goo.gl/x2nRC


Karl & Joyce Manke-Reinhold and Margaret Hintz Preserve – Cromwell

Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Karl Manke II

Size: 13.83 acres

Acquired: December 2013

Location: South side of route 9 at the Mattabesset River

Access: This property is forever wild with no direct access.

 

Depot Crossing Preserve – Berlin [A GIS property map is currently not available for this property]

Donated by Depot Crossing Inc.

Size: 1.31 acres

Acquired: January 2014

Location: Farmington Avenue. South of Depot Crossing along the Mattabesset River

Access: On the right of way between the Kensington Fire House and Depot Crossing.

https://earth.app.goo.gl/Ftmsb

 

Ferndale Preserve Parcel 1 – Berlin

Purchased in a Tax Sale from the Town of Berlin, CT

Size:  5.7 acres

Acquired: December 2015

Location: Wooded wetlands between High Road, Atwood Street, and Chamberlain Highway

Access: On High Road diagonally across the intersection with Alling Street.


Ferndale Preserve Parcel 2 – Berlin

Purchased in a Tax Sale from the Town of Berlin

Size:  .57 acres

Acquired: December 2015

Location: Chamberlin Highway

Access: The property is on Chamberlin Highway immediately south of Ferndale Plaza.

https://earth.app.goo.gl/aVEZD

https://earth.app.goo.gl/aVEZD


Lower Lane Preserve  Berlin

Purchased in a Tax Sale from the Town of Berlin

Size: 1.2 acres

Acquired: December 2015

Location: Lower Lane, Berlin CT

Access: This property is forever wild with no direct access.


Parker Preserve – Berlin

Purchased in a Bargain Sale from Fred A. Parker

Size: 3 acres

Acquired: April 2016

Location: Edgewood Road, Berlin, CT

Access: This property is forever wild with no direct access.

 

Dowling Preserve – New Britain

Donated by the family of Dr. and Mrs. Kevin P. Dowling

Size: .76 acres

Acquired: September 2016

Location: 220 Village Square Drive, New Britain, CT

Access: Look for the intersection of Village Square Drive and Brittany Farms Road.


 

Anderson Preserve – Middletown

Purchased in a Bargain Sale from Mr. and Mrs. Roger C. Anderson

Size: 9.91 acres

Acquired: September 2016

Location: Lamentation Mountain

Access: This property is forever wild with no direct access.

https://earth.app.goo.gl/yi12i

 

Vernlund Preserve – Berlin

Purchased from the Martha S. Vernland Living Trust

Size: 14.64 acres

Acquired: July 2017

Location: Western slope of Lamentation Mountain

Access: This property is forever wild with no direct access.

 

Fontanella-Joyce Preserve – Berlin

Donated by Mark Fontanella and Peter J. Joyce

Size: 3.01 acres

Acquired: December 2017

Location: East side of the Berlin Turnpike on the western slope of Lamentation Mountain

Access: North bound lane of Berlin Turnpike. Just south of the Westview Highlands.

 


Partial Title Interest in Berlin Open Space:

The Berlin Land Trust partners with the Town of Berlin and others in the ownership of properties that conserve open space for the benefit of the community. Preserving open space conserves the natural beauty of Berlin and adjacent towns while protecting both critical habitat and much needed watershed.


Hatchery Brook Conservation Area – Berlin

Originally referred to as the Scheer-Sierra Ranch Open Space Area, The Berlin Land Trust worked in partnership with the Town of Berlin to acquire both the Scheer property (50 acres) and the Sierra Ranch property (44 acres) and holds a 16.7% title interest in the Sierra Ranch property.

Size: 44 acres (1/6th interest)

Acquired: December 2005

Location: Orchard Road, Kensington

Access: Parking area off Orchard Road near the farm gate west of Hatchery Brook.

https://earth.app.goo.gl/3MgG6


Valerie J. Moore Preserve – Berlin

One-half interest donated by Valerie J. Moore with the Town of Berlin owning the other half.

Size: 4.3 acres (50% interest)

Acquired: September 2010

Location: Off Randeckers Lane

Access: This property is forever wild with no direct access

 

Mackey Preserve – Berlin

Donated by the Estate of Helen. Hurley

Size: ± 2 acres (50% Interest)

Acquired: February 2011

Location: Edgewood Road

Access: This property is forever wild with no direct access

 


Conservation Agreement:

A Conservation Agreement or Easement limits the development of property and preserves the natural beauty of the land and its contribution to habitat and watershed. In this type of arrangement, The Berlin Land Trust partners with the land owner to protect the property from development while the land owner retains ownership.


Spruce Brook Easement – Berlin

Donated by Pistol Creek Golf Course Developer

Size: A wooded 2-acre greenway buffer. The easement protects the area along Spruce Brook.

Acquired: June 1999

Location: North of Spruce Brook Road between the east bank of Spruce Brook and the Pistol Creek property

Access: At the intersection of Spruce Brook Road and Savage Hill Road, park at the Pistol Creek parking lot. Take the trail north of the parking lot and travel west toward Spruce Brook.

 

Ragged Mountain Easement – Southington

Donated by The Nature Conservancy

Fifty-five (55.8) acres in Southington, including the Ragged Mountain cliffs and abutting the Ragged Mountain Memorial Preserve, owned by the Ragged Mountain Foundation. The property was originally donated to The Nature Conservancy (TNC) by Stanley Hart in 1989. In 1998, TNC donated the conservation easement, which was placed on the Ragged Mountain Preserve, to the Berlin Land Trust. Concurrent with the easement agreement, TNC transferred the ownership of the property to the Ragged Mountain Foundation (www.raggedmtn.org).

Size: Fifty-five (55.8) acres

Acquired: July 1999

Location: Southington

Access: Trail head on West Lane. Follow marked trail to top of mountain.

https://earth.app.goo.gl/CiHfH


Laverly Lane & Conlin Way Easement – Berlin

Donated by Shuttle Meadow Development, LLC

Size: <1 acre

Acquired: September 2006

Location: Lavery Lane and Conlin Way

Access: This property is forever wild with no direct access.


Sherry Cup Conservation & Walkway Easement – Berlin

Donated by CIL Development of Kensington, Inc.

Size: .95 acre

Acquired: September 2010

Location: Along the south side of the Mattabesset River

Access: Near the Intersection of Main Street and Percival Avenue. Just south of the bridge over the Mattabesset River.


A list of all property acquisitions by the Berlin Land Trust can be viewed, or downloaded by clicking on the following link: Download PDF