In 2007, a coalition of land preservation organizations completed an acquisition of the Patrell Property. This 42-acre parcel contains over 3000 feet of frontage on the Eightmile River. The collaborative effort among the Towns of East Haddam and Lyme, The State of Connecticut, The Nature Conservancy, and the East Haddam Land Trust and the Lyme Conservation Land Trust reflected the scenic and conservation importance of this area.
The property was owned by the family of Oliver and Kay Patrell, who originally had the property approved for subdivision and listed for sale. An appraisal at that time gave the property a value of $1.1 million. When approached with the idea of creating a preserve, however, they agreed to take the property off the market and negotiate a sale that would still meet their financial needs. Without the family’s willingness to work with the partner organizations and their desire to see the land conserved, this acquisition would never have become a reality.
This lovely 46- acre parcel of land on Baker Lane has over 3000 feet of frontage on the Eightmile River. An existing paved trail provides easy access to the river, even for the handicapped. Interesting geologic features include eskers, kettle holes, and moraines created by retreating glaciers. The forest cover of mixed hardwoods helps protect the riverbanks and maintain cool water temperatures essential for a healthy fish population. Old fields on the property provide habitat for ground-nesting birds and other wildlife.
This property is maintained by the Town of East Haddam. For additional information, contact the East Haddam Conservation Commission.