P.O. Box 926, Waterford, CT 06385-0926

Woodlands Nature Preserve

Address: Intersection of Greentree Dr., Rogers Hill Rd. and Beacon Hill Dr.

Acquired: 5/22/1979
Size: 54.4 acres


The land was purchased from the estate of Madeline Cone for $45,000 with the help of an anonymous gift, a loan from the Nature Conservancy of Connecticut, donations from approximately 45 families in the Waterford Village area, a contribution from the New London Garden Club and members of the land trust. After the purchase of additional property for access to the Woodlands at the end of Greentree Drive, it was decided to dedicate the access to Dr. Joseph Pereira, founding member, which was done in a ceremony on June 4, 1980.

Property Highlights

The property has hills and exposed ledges. It has some wetlands along several small streams that spring into life on the property. Among the trees on the land are white oak, hemlock, black birch, and beech. Extensive stands of mountain laurel and princess pine of unusual beauty grow on the wooded slopes. An abandoned colonial road (Pilgrim Road) and several existing pathways make interesting walking trails. The land is crisscrossed by many stone walls.

CAUTION: This property has become a habitat for bears and coyotes. PLEASE LEASH YOUR DOGS.


Intersection of Rogers Hill Rd., Beacon Hill Drive and Greentree Drive. The Nature Preserve sign is visible from the street, where parking is allowed.

This access (from Greentree) to the Woodlands is dedicated to the memory of Joseph N. Pereira.

This area was acquired with the assistance of the Nature Conservancy of Connecticut, Inc.



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