This donation marked CLT's first acquisition in the western portion of Cheshire near Waterbury and Wolcott. The rugged upland property has frontage along Waterbury Rd. opposite Blackie's hot dog stand. It is surrounded by residential areas along Hall Drive and Edgecomb Road to the east and west, an by other woodlands to the south.
Josephine's Woods has wetlands covering about 40% of the acreage. The remainder of the property is forested with mixed hardwoods and is noteworthy for rocky outcrops along Edgecomb Rd.
The property has provided a habitat for wildlife of all sorts and has been undisturbed since it was acquired by the family in 1938.
In summarizing the donor’s intent, Mr. Roke said in a note to CLT: "This was my grandmother’s first piece of ownership in her newly adopted country and now we have come full circle with its return, by this donation, to the Cheshire Land Trust."
More information about this property is on the CLT website's Josephine's Woods page.