Chester, Connecticut

Past Events

​​On November 14, 2018, the CT Freedom Trail Committee, under the state of Connecticut’s Department of Economic & Community Development, approved the application submitted by The Chester Land Trust for the Constance Baker Motley Preserve and her private home, located across the street from the Preserve, to be listed on the Connecticut Freedom Trail.
Thursday:  February 21, 2019
Location: The Meeting House
Time: 6:30
Initiative: Fundraiser for Motley Trail & Garden & CT Freedom Trail Presentation
Cost: $25.00
The Chester Land Trust will host a chili supper with cornbread, salad, desserts and beverage tasting as a fundraiser for the creation of a new walking trail and the reclamation of gardens on the Constance Baker Motley Preserve. Marta Daniels and Jenny Kitsen will offer a short presentation on Judge Motley and the Freedom Trail Award. Q&A will follow.
Donation is $25.00. Please RSVP by February 15 to: Francine Curto or call 860.526.2775
A formal dedication will be held spring 2019. The Motley Family purchased their seasonal Chester home in 1965 and quietly participated in local events and organizations until her death in 2005. For more details about her accomplishments see the Chester Land trust website. 

POSTPONED (Earth Day is officially Monday April 22)
Location: Meet at Carini Preserve (use Water Street Public Parking)
Initiative: Earth Day Walk and Carini/Scudder Preserves’ clean-up
Bring: Good walking shoes and bags to collect litter. If you choose not to walk you may help with Carini and Scudder maintenance. Bring rake & clippers (label ALL). Walk will be 3 or 5 miles. 

Saturday: April 27, 2019
Andrews Memorial Town Hall, Clinton
Tickets are $20 online, $25 at the door.

We are pleased to announce that the Madison and Clinton Land Trusts will be hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour, one of the largest environmental film festivals in North America. The evening will feature a series of short award-winning environmental and outdoor adventure films from around the world.

Join us at 6:00 for a reception before the show featuring local beer and wine, and time to socialize with friends. The films start at 7:00. We'll have door prizes and more treats during intermission. Find out more and see a trailer from the festival here.
Saturday: May 18, 2019
Location: Carini Preserve  (use Water Street Public Parking)
Time: 9:30 a.m. ALL contestants need to arrive and participate in raft building at 9:30. The race will begin at 10 a.m.
Initiative: Build and race a raft composed of recyclable materials
Bring: Children from four to four hundred
The Chester Land Trust will supply recycled materials. There will be more information on this event which might include a parade … so come dressed as your favorite Mark Twain character and win a prize!
Race and awards will end no later than noon and awards will be given to winners in varied categories. See Rules for the Race and any changes (including rain date) at or email: or call 860.526.2775


Schedule of

Judge Motley Property Dedication as Historic Site
on the CT Freedom Trail

Sunday:  October 6, 2019
Location: The Meeting House
Time: 2:00 pm

Click announcement above or here for details

The Chester Land Trust