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Cheshire Land Trust
Preserving Land as a Living Resource Since 1969

Charter Members & Past Presidents

On March 26, 1969, a special meeting of the Cheshire Conservation Commission was called by Herbert J. Cran, Jr., Chairman, to initiate the formation of the Cheshire Land Trust, to be organized for the purpose of preserving the natural resources of Cheshire.  The meeting was held in the Council Chambers in the Cheshire Town Hall.

Mr. Cran invited several individuals to the meeting. Atty. Socrates H. Mihalakos was asked to preside as organization moderator and the following residents were elected that evening to serve as officers and members of the Board of Directors.

 

Ray Beard Museum at Lock 12

The museum at Lock 12 was named for charter member Raimon L. Beard. The property was offered to the town in the early 1980's. He was instrumental in galvanizing support for the preservation of Lock 12. The park was eventually restored and remains a main attraction along the 15 mile Famington Canal Linear Trail. The museum is open weekends in late spring and early fall. The collections include tools and implements of the canal era and wares manufactured in Cheshire during that time.

First Governing Body & Charter Membership

Mr. Albert C. Worrell, President  

Mr. Raimon L. Beard, Vice-president

Mr. C. David Eckerson, Treasurer

Mrs. Seymour Pelz, Secretary

 Mr. Herbert J. Cran, Jr.

Mr. Waldo McKee

Mr. D. Bruce Connolly

Mr. Thomas P. Pool 

Mrs. S. Burnham Deming

Mr. Robert B. Russell, Jr.

Mr. Percy Goodsell

Mrs. Richard Williams

Mr. Richard Harding

Mrs. Lucille Williams

Mrs. Joseph J. Kowalski

Mr. Thomas J. Williams

Mr. William George

 

 

 

Presidents 1969 - 2013

The governing board of the Cheshire Land Trust consists of four elected officers and nine elected directors.

These following individuals have served as President.
 

President
Term
Acreage
Acquisitions
Albert C. Worrell 
1969 - 1970
0
0
Raimon L. Beard
1970 - 1971
40
1
Thomas P. Pool 
1971 - 1974
38.8 
7
Alice D. Jupp
1974 - 1976
7.6
1
Bernard Bujnowski
1976 - 1977
0
0
Herbert J. Cran
1977 - 1981
57.6  
5
Kenneth Stevens
1981 - 1983
8.8    
1
Burton M. Guilford
1983 - 1986
32.8
1
David DuBuisson
1986 - 1989
20.4   
3
Timothy P. Slocum
1989 - 1992 
25.5 
3
David Schrumm
1992 - 1995
36.8
2
Timothy P. Slocum
1995 - 1996
12.45
1
Gail Collins
1996 – 1998
0
0
Jeanné Chesanow
1998 – 2001 
31.02
3
Timothy P. Slocum 
2001 – 2004 
10.86
2
Robert Davis
2004 - 2006
45.56
2
Eleanor DeVane
2006 – 2007
164.
1
Kevin Wetmore
2007 - 2010
-4.73
1
Sam Waldo
2010 - 2012
0
0
Janice Bryden
2012 -
38
1

 

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