Goshen Land Trust celebrates major purchase
The vista from the overlook at the Goshen Land Trust's new property, the Mountain View Preserve. Below, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty, left, with Louis and Christine Friedrich of Goshen, who bought the property in 2014 and held it until the land trust had enough money to buy it. BZ photos
The Goshen Land Trust's new property, the Mountain View Preserve, was celebrated with a gathering at the site Saturday that included U.S. Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty.
At 127 acres, Mountain View is the land trust's largest holding. Located in the northeast corner of town, the property offers vews to the north and northwest that include the Taconic Range and the Catskill Mountains in New York State.
The land trust capped a long effort to buy the property last December and by acquiring the land and will be able to preserve it for passive public recreation and protect it from development. The trust purchased the property from Louis and Christine Friedrich of Goshen for $765,000.
The Friedrichs, supporters of the land trust's mission, bought the property from its previous owner, a developer, for $750,000 in 2014 and held it until the land trust could raise the $750,000 needed to make the purchase. An appraisal pegged the property's value at $765,000.
The land trust first expressed interest in the property nearly 20 years ago, according to land trust President Barry Donaldson. To buy the property, however, the land trust needed financial help. Assistance came from the state, which covered half of the purchase price, the Housatonic Valley Association’s Greenprint Collaborative member pledge fund, which gave $200,000, and the Wiederhold Foundation of Torrington, which gave $66,700. The land trust raised the rest of the money for the purchase and in all raised $850,000 to cover the purchase and associated costs.
Participants in Saturday's event admire the view from the overlook at Mountainview.
Peter McEachern of Goshen, left, and Julian Weisman, a recent graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School, provided music.
Land trust President Barry Donaldson addresses the crowd.
Land trust President Barry Donaldson, second from right, and U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty are among those admiring the view.
Elizabeth Esty listens as land trust President Barry Donaldson explains the history of the purchase of the property.
Land trust President Barry Donaldson and U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty are among those standing on the overlook.