BLT Seeks Proposals to Rehome Historic Pine Orchard Farm Structures

by Pam Johnson, Senior Staff Writer, Shore Publishing/Zip06
Published January 13, 2020

In December, Branford Land Trust (BLT) received an early Christmas gift from descendents of the notable Alden M. Young Family: 3.74 acres of land connected to the Young’s Pond Preserve. The land came with two well-maintained historic structures — a beautiful circa 1912 barn and a spacious, turn-of-the 20th-century farm storage building. Unfortunately, the continued care and preservation of such buildings falls far outside BLT’s mission. That’s why the all-volunteer Trust is anxious to receive creative proposals to help get these structures rehomed; preferably intact, and preferably in Branford.

“They’re beautiful, interesting structures; but part of the issue is it’s not really in our mission to keep structures like this,” said BLT president Peter Raymond. “We have some money from the donor to potentially knock down the buildings, and we want try to avoid that. Our top wish is that they could be relocated to somewhere in Branford; or, beyond that, relocated to somewhere in the state.”

BLT has brought the issue to the Town of Branford and the Branford Historical Society (BHS) and is also widening the scope to invite interest from others, said Raymond. Ideally, BLT hopes to find new owners interested in relocating the structures while preserving the integrity of the buildings. A second, less desired choice would be to allow the buildings to be salvaged for materials. Interested parties are asked to submit proposals to BLT for consideration at

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