The Finger Lakes Land Trust has acquired one of its most-significant pieces of property to date.
In a recent press release, the Land Trust said they received an historic 200-year-old fieldstone home and more than 140 acres of woodlands in the town of Enfield. It was a donation, which sits directly adjacent to Robert H. Treman State Park.
The donation was made by Tompkins County resident Margaret Bald, who passed away in 2020.
The property, which had been in the Bald family since 1950, features a mix of fields and forest which contain many high-quality sugar maples and hickories. Margaret cared deeply about her land and made plans to permanently conserve it through her will.
“This is an extraordinary gift,” said Land Trust Executive Director Andy Zepp in a press release. “The property is truly a special place and its location within Ithaca’s Emerald Necklace makes it even more significant. We’re grateful to Margaret for her foresight and generosity.”
The home, built in the 1820s, needs a complete restoration. With guidance from Historic Ithaca, the Land Trust listed the home for sale along with a 3.5-acre lot. More information can be found here. Deed restrictions will be placed on the property at the time of sale to ensure that the character of this local landmark is maintained.
Over the course of the next year, the Land Trust will work with state park officials, the Cayuga Trails Club, and the Finger Lakes Trail Conference to develop a long-term plan for conserving the land and to create a hiking path that will connect to the nearby Finger Lakes Trail.