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Weston's Conservation Legacy and Future

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WESTON, CT - Take a closer look at Weston’s natural environment and the efforts made to preserve it at “Weston’s Conservation – Legacy and Future,” on Wednesday, October 16 at 7 pm at the Weston Historical Society, 104 Weston Road, Weston CT. The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture and an accompanying series of hikes will be offered by the the Weston Historical Society in partnership with the Aspetuck Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy.

“Weston’s Conservation – Legacy and Future” will feature David Brant, executive director of the Aspetuck Land Trust, Cynthia Fowx, conservation outreach and Devil’s Den preserve manager of The Nature Conservancy, and Samantha Kulish-Fargione, executive director of the Weston Historical Society.

Their talk will focus on the past, present and future of Weston’s land conservation efforts. Alice DeLamar, Eva Le Gallienne and Katharine Ordway were three remarkable women, forces of nature in their fields of the arts, theater and philanthropy. What they had in common was a love for Weston’s wild spaces and a desire to preserve it for generations to come. Their generosity resulted the preservation of 1,100 acres of open space to the Aspetuck Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy, which continues to manage the land today. A question and answer session will follow.

“Three Women Who Made Weston Weston” - the exhibit that explores the lives of Alice DeLamar, Eva Le Gallienne and Katharine Ordway- will be open that night in the museum gallery. It is also available for viewing every Thursday from 2 pm to 4 pm and by appointment on other days.

Also in October, a series of hikes will be sponsored to highlight the gifts of open space from these three conservation-minded women. The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, October 19, 9:30 am: Stonebridge Waterfowl Preserve located on Newtown Turnpike off of Norfield Road, Weston. Join Aspetuck Land Trust trail steward David Dunlop on this walk through an outstanding open meadow and woodland and over the signature stone bridge over the Saugatuck River. Meet guide at parking lot off Newtown Turnpike. Nearest cross street is Stonebridge Road. Rain will cancel the hike. For parking information and to RSVP visit:

Sunday, October 20, 9:30 am: Le Gallienne Bird Sanctuary Georgetown Rd to Hillside to September Lane, Weston. Ted Lockwood, an experienced plantsman with a special interest in botany and native plants and the trail steward of the Le Gallienne Bird Sanctuary will lead this special walk. He will discuss the earlier farming use of the property, Miss Eva Le Gallienne’s purchase of the property in the 1920’s as a retreat from her public life, her favorite areas (including the “Big” and “Peter Pan” rock outcroppings), how the woodland has changed since she gifted it to Aspetuck Land Trust in the late 60’s, and Aspetuck Land Trust’s work to improve the habitat at for the Chimney Swift and other forest-interior birds by reducing some of the tree canopy growth, planting more native vegetation, among other improvements. Parking on the street, meet guide at trail entrance. Rain will cancel the hike. For location/parking information and to RSVP visit:

Saturday, October 26, 9:30 am: Lucius Pond Ordway-Devil’s Den 33 Pent Rd. Weston. Enjoy a 3-4 mile hike with staff of The Nature Conservancy in Lucius Pond Ordway- Devils Den Preserve, the land protection project that was the start of Katharine Ordway’s conservation legacy and was named to honor her father. Bring water and wear clothes and footwear appropriate for the weather and hiking. Dogs are not permitted on the preserve. We will visit the southeastern part of the preserve. The hike will be easy to moderate with uneven terrain and inclines. Registration is required by Wednesday October 24th. Find out more & register at .

“We are honored to have David Brant of the Aspetuck Land Trust and Cynthia Fowx of The Nature Conservancy/Devil’s Den partnering with us on this series of events,” said Samantha Kulish-Fargione, historical society executive director. “Their exemplary work in the preservation of Weston’s land and our dedication to the preservation of Weston’s history makes for a meaningful partnership.”

“We are excited to celebrate these women whose decisions to protect open space still bears fruit today for wildlife and the public who enjoy these open spaces” , said David Brant, Executive Director of the Aspetuck Land Trust.

"From the women who stopped the slaughter of countless birds for their feathers’ use in fashionable hats, to Rachel Carson uncovering the dangers of DDT - women have always been at the forefront of conservation. Here in Weston, we have Katharine Ordway and other amazing women who conserved the landscapes of our community,” said Cynthia Fowx, conservation outreach and Devil’s Den preserve manager of the Nature Conservancy. “The Nature Conservancy hopes their stories will inspire others to support conservation efforts in their communities and around the world so we can tackle the toughest challenges facing people and nature today.”

The Weston Historical Society would like to thank its exhibit sponsors, Teed & Brown, Aquarion, Weston Arborists, and Jeff Moore, along with its annual sponsors, Fairfield County Bank, Cohen and Wolf P.C., and KMS Partners at Compass.

For more information please contact the Weston Historical Society at, 203-226-1804 or visit

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