During November 2016, the Cheshire Land Trust will highlight a different one of its properties (sometimes two) every day of the month.
We hope you’ll explore some or all these preserved open space lands online and also get out and explore some of them in person!
Monday, November 21, 2016
Day 21: Seymour and Emma Pelz Farm Preserve
Hay fields with scenic westward views from Cheshire Street, and Quinnipiac River frontage, in northeast Cheshire.
Size: 13.1 acres
Nearest Road: Sylvan Lane
Public Access: Yes
Acquisition: August 2001
Donor: Emma Pelz
Pelz had several choices to make when considering the future of her land,
including selling it for development.
Her choice, a very generous one, was to give it to the Cheshire Land
September 6, 2001, Pelz donated a 13.1-acre parcel (excluding her house and three
acres) to the CLT as the “Seymour and Emma Pelz Farm Preserve”. As part of the condition of the gift, she
stipulated that the property retain its agricultural character with limited use
of chemicals and pesticides. Retention of the property’s agricultural
appearance and westward views are emphasized in the gifting documents.
View of Pelz Farm Preserve, September 2016
property is on the west side of Cheshire Street, bordered to the west by the
Quinnipiac River and to the south by CLT’s Ives Farm. Pelz’s former house to the north is a private
residence. The majority of the property
is open field, except for a wooded riparian buffer that runs along the
Quinnipiac River, and narrow treelines along Cheshire Street and the Ives Farm
boundary. There is a small spring-fed
pond on the property that has been very dry for the past few years. During wet times, the pond has supported
Haying on Pelz Farm Preserve - early summer 2016
documents in the CLT archives suggest that the Pelz property has been continuously farmed since at least the early 20th Century. Based on the known history of the adjacent
Ives Farm and similar site conditions, it is possible, if not likely, that the
Pelz Farm has been in some level of active agriculture since at least the
mid-1800s. The Pelz Farm Preserve is currently managed for hay.
preserved her land and provided an enduring legacy for the Pelz family. At the
time of the donation, Mrs. Pelz said or her husband: “Sy loved this property
and wanted it to stay the same. I wanted to honor his wishes. And for me it has
been a very satisfying process because now I know the land will be taken care
and Emma Pelz Farm Preserve is not currently open to the public, but provides terrific
westward views from Cheshire Street. More
about this property is on the CLT website’s Pelz Farm Preserve page.
Do you live next to or near the Seymour and Emma Pelz Farm Preserve? Have you ever passed it on Cheshire Street or seen it in the distance from Ives Farm? Tell us about what you've seen on this land! Please join the Cheshire Land Trust at www.cheshirelandtrust.org to help us protect and maintain this and other great open space properties around Cheshire.