What has been elusive for decades, may now become a reality - the conservation of 750 acres in the Brownsville area of Stowe, know by many as the Story Land.
Stowe Land Trust has received $5 million from an anonymous donor meant to go toward the purchase of this unique and stunning property, which was listed for sale at $9.95 million last August. The donation which was made through The Vermont Community Foundation is the largest in the Foundation's 33 year history.
If SLT is successful in raising the remaining 10% of acquisition costs plus project expenses and a contribution to its stewardship endowment, totaling $750,000, Brownsville Forest will be its largest land purchase for conservation since it was founded in 1987.
The property is currently owned by the niece and nephews of the late Genevieve Story whose husband purchased the land for her as a wedding gift in 1950. The children remember coming up to visit their aunt, Ms. Story, and their grandmother who spent every summer in Brownsville. They have fond memories of taking walks down Brownsville Road to enjoy the views, marveling at wildlife, and picking raspberries by the beaver ponds. Through the years, Ms. Story allowed people to enjoy the property for hunting, horseback riding, mountain biking, cross country skiing, walking and more, but over the past few years the property has been posted. When the conservation of Brownsville Forest has been accomplished, public access will then be secure for the community to enjoy in perpetuity.