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East Haddam Land Trust preserves and protects land in perpetuity for the public benefit.  Since 1979, your donations have helped East Haddam Land Trust, a volunteer, non-profit land conservation corporation, preserve unique woodlands, fields, lakes, rivers and open spaces for the public benefit. East Haddam Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) organization.

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Hammond Mill Preserve​

The Hammond Mill Preserve is located along the Eightmile River, south of Devil's Hopyard State Park. The 12-acre preserve is on the west side of the river, and another 2-acre easement is on the east side of the river. The preserve is mature oak/hemlock forest with a diversity of wildflowers and abundant woodland bird populations. 

 

The area is of notable historic interest, having served as a site for water-powered mills since the late 1700's. Mills were most widely operated during the 1700's to mid-1800's.     

                                                   

In the late 1700's and early 1800's, the land on either side of the river was owned by Squire John Chapman.  The area was a hub of industry, and over time, Chapman ran the mill as a grist mill, a sawmill, a fulling mill, a blacksmith shop, and a flaxseed oil press.  The stonework still visible on this property are the remnants of the mill foundations, sluice, and dam, including the headrace and tailrace.  The old sawmill and water wheel are now located south of the Johnsonville dam off Johnsonville Road in the Moodus section of East Haddam.  

 

The Hammond Mill Preserve was a gift to the Land Trust from John and Barbara Kashanski, the very first land donors to the organization.  An EHLT stewardship work party at the mills was featured in a 2008 article in the Reminder news.  You can see this "blast from the past" here.  

 

This preserve is part of the Lyme Forest Block Important Bird Area. See Six EHLT Preserves in Newly-Designated Important Bird Area.

Download our Hammond Mill Preserve trail map with trails, driving directions and more.