Capital Campaign for 6 Mine Hill
Connecting Our Past to Our FutureDear Friends and Neighbors,
Long neglected Roxbury Station is coming alive! As you drive by Mine Hill Road, you can see lots of activity. With the restorations well underway, history is being revived and Roxbury Land Trust is part of it.
At the turn of the last century, Roxbury Station was known as the transport hub of the center of town and a vibrant community of workers, their families, and supporting businesses. Mine Hill Distillery is restoring the majority of the complex, and Roxbury Land Trust bought and has renovated the building at 6 Mine Hill that once housed the general store and the post office.
This building is now RLT’s permanent home. It is perfectly located at the gateway to the Mine Hill Preserve, one of our most historically significant and popular preserves. This investment also supports RLT’s mission: to preserve Roxbury’s heritage and rural character.
Although structurally solid, the building needed extensive renovation. We are appealing to you to help us raise $275,000 to cover part of the cost of restoring and equipping our office. Join us in our efforts to revitalize this important part of Roxbury’s heritage, connecting our past to our future.
Please help make history by donating now.
Barbara Ungeheuer and Julie Steers Campaign Chairs
Committee: Alison Lundie, Susan Payne, Wendy Walker
Contribute online! Please enter "6MH" in the "Purpose" box.
Or send a check with "6MH" in the memo line to:
Roxbury Land Trust - P.O. Box 51 - Roxbury, CT 06783
Your tax-deductible donation will be recognized on a plaque in our permanent home.
Background: RLT Acquires Gateway to Historic Mine Hill PreserveIn November 2015, the Roxbury Land Trust acquired an historic building at the gateway to its 360-acre Mine Hill Preserve, a National Historic Landmark. The renovated building now serves as the Land Trust headquarters.
Built in the late 1800s, this historic building was once a general store and post office in a bustling boom town called Chalybes that grew up at the base of iron ore mines that employed hundreds of immigrant workers at their short-lived height between 1865 and 1872. It is part of a complex of historic buildings at Roxbury Station just off Route 67 that were recently acquired by Washington resident Elliott Davis and will be restored and transformed into the Mine Hill Distillery to make craft spirits.
Brian Duda, president of the Board of Directors, said "We're proud to help preserve Roxbury's heritage which is an important part of our mission. This is the entrance to the Mine Hill Preserve which is one of the true gems in our network of preserves and where the Roxbury Land Trust got its start in raising funds to preserve the town's open space and natural resources."
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