BLT Receives 3.74 Acres in Pine Orchard

A stone post built by Alden M. Young in the early 20th century – one of many scattered around Pine Orchard – stands at the entrance to the Land Trust’s newly acquired open space.

Just as 2019 came to an end, we received a generous gift from the Alden M. Young family of a 3.74-acre parcel in the Pine Orchard neighborhood. Located at the end of Anchorage Road, the parcel abuts the town-owned Young’s Pond Park, providing an additional access to the park and increasing the park’s open space acreage for all to enjoy.

Alden M. Young (1853-1911) was central to the history of the Pine Orchard and to Connecticut. A talented entrepreneur, he early grasped the potential of electricity and founded utilities to bring electricity to many Connecticut cities, not only for lighting and industry but also for transportation, in the form of the electric trolley. He was president of the Branford Electric Light Company and the company that founded the Branford Electric Railway Association. (The BERA now lives on as the Shoreline Trolley Museum and the Stony Creek Trolley Trail.)

He bought land in Branford stretching through Pine Orchard almost to I-95, building a sumptuous waterfront mansion and creating a large gentleman’s farm. In 1970, A. M. Young descendants gave the Town some of the family land that is now Young’s Pond Park and this parcel donated to us is the last of the family holdings in Pine Orchard. We are proud to be part of this legacy.

Photos by Charlotte Herzan, article by Lauren Brown

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