The Bernstein preserve totals nearly 36 acres. Attorney Myron Bernstein, a life-long resident of the Moodus section of East Haddam, donated the acreage to East Haddam Land Trust in two parcels. This preserve is part of a continuing effort by the land trust to create a linear preserve along the scenic and historically significant Moodus River. The river winds its way back and forth along Route 149, finally feeding into Salmon Cove, and then on to the Connecticut River. The water quality of this tributary has a notable effect on the eastern portion of Salmon Cove, which provides habitat for several unusual plant species. The cove is also noted for wintering bald eagle populations, osprey and other raptors, numerous waterfowl, and abundant furbearers.
The preserve contains the remains of the old historic Atlantic Mill. The stonework, old turbines, head and tail races, sluice-way, and other mill remnants remain. Learn more about the mill in our 2007 EHLT Newsletter article.
The preserve is accessed via Land Trust property that serves as a driveway for the house on the east side of Route 149/Falls Road, about 100 feet south of Andrews Road. Park off the right of the driveway. Access to the preserve is through the bar-way at the end of the driveway.