What We're Working On and Why
The Friends are working to preserve the fertile, ecologically diverse and historic Hilltop Farm, including its soils, native plants, wildlife and buildings.
The National Park Service recognized the farm’s historic significance by listing it in the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.
With almost 2500 feet of Connecticut River frontage; 65 acres of woodlands, grasslands, wetlands, cropland, and grazing land; nesting American bald eagles; 10 buildings and thousands of feet of fencing, the farm requires much oversight and maintenance.
Exciting projects are currently underway to revitalize the property and create the infrastructure needed for an educational center:
Through a contract with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, we are developing and improving wildlife habitat in the agricultural lands. LEARN MORE
Northeast Utilities/Connecticut Light & Power is partnering with The Friends to mitigate wetlands, restore grasslands and eradicate invasive species in several areas of the farm. LEARN MORE
A water collection, retention and irrigation system is being installed to supply water to a limited area in the open space. There currently is no water line to the fields or outbuildings.
Plans are underway and funding is being sought for a sprinkler system on both levels of the large white barn. This is required in order for us to be able to hold large public events inside the barn. LEARN MORE
We have plans in hand for a driveway through the front pasture off Rt. 159 that will provide better access to the farm. Additional funding is necessary before this project can begin.