Twin Oaks Preserve

Project Description

Twin Oaks Preserve

When the beautiful Twin Oaks field was threatened with development, a new board of directors of the Sharon Land Trust, with Larry Power as president, went to the Sharon community and asked for donations to purchase the seventy acre property in order to preserve this world class view from Route 41 for future generations to enjoy. Residents responded generously and enthusiastically. And, with the help of the Salisbury Land Trust and the late Robert Blum, the Sharon Land Trust bought the field on April 7, 1998. The hill held two trees that graced the field since before the American Revolution.

The purchase of the Twin Oaks launched the Sharon Land Trust into a new era and none too soon. Development pressures had begun to mount. The Twin Oaks serve as a reminder of how precarious the beauty of our town is, and how it can never be taken for granted. That is why membership in the Land Trust has grown from twelve families to over 300 Sharon families. And it continues to grow.

The Twin Oaks Preserve is a 87.7-acre ownership of the Sharon Land Trust. The preserve is bifurcated into two main blocks: the north block (located on the north side of Mudgetown Road) encompasses 56.5 acres and the south block (located on the south side of Mudgetown Road) encompasses 31.2 acres.

In 2013, the first twin oak fell shortly after hurricane Sandy. It’s twin was soon to follow later in the fall. It was sad to see these historical trees fall in what is one of the most well-known vistas in the state. Fortunately not all was lost, and local artists took up the cause and created some timeless artwork out of the wood of these majestic giants. The Sharon Land Trust installed two 28-foot white oaks in the Twin Oak Field in hopes they would serve as a memorial to the rich history of the twin oaks legacy.

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Photo by Jonathan Doster

Location

Mudgetown Road and Dug Road, Sharon, CT.

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Access and Trails

There is safe roadside parking along Mudgetown Road near the north block farm gate.

 

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