Lucy Family Farm
The Lucy Family Farm project protects 45 acres of high-quality farmland soils, as well as gorgeous views from West Side Road toward Cathedral Ledge. Among Conway’s original settlers, the Lucy clan began settling the area in the early 1800s. The Land Trust’s conservation easement permanently protects the original John and Polly Lucy Homestead, which is nearly all of the property not already protected by conservation easements generously donated by Chester and Lydia Lucy to the Society for the Protection of NH Forests in the 1980s and 1990s.
“Six generations of Lucys have lived on this land and in the farmhouse where my dad still lives. We’ve never left, and we’d like to see that it never changes. Years ago my dad starting putting the family land in conservation. Now my brothers and sisters and I are following his lead. We’re trying to make sure the land never goes away, just like the Lucys,” said Nat Lucy.
The easement provides connectivity to other large blocks of undeveloped land, including Cathedral Ledge Echo Lake State Park and the White Mountain National Forest. In addition to the Lucy family, project partners included the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), the Gibson/Woodbury Charitable Foundation, Kendal C. & Anna Ham Charitable Foundation and the Conway Conservation Commission.