Location: At the corner of Weeks and Mayo Farm Roads next to the SLT-conserved Mayo Farm
Date Protected: July 2016; easement donated to SLT by Willard P. Hunnewell and his family
Landowners: Privately owned; easement held by SLT
Conservation Purposes: The purposes of the conservation easement are to protect high-quality working farm land, open land, the scenic and rural character of Stowe, and add to the value of existing conserved land.
- Saved high-quality farm land that is a key part of a larger local farm operation.
- Helped to protect the beauty and rural character of Stowe.
- Kept farm land available for farming and providing continued access to local food.
- Protected land next to the existing conserved Mayo Farm.
- Secured public access for recreation.
Property Description: Hunnewell Meadow is 12 acres of open pasture land on the corner of Weeks and Mayo Farm Roads next to the SLT-conserved, Mayo Farm. It includes a small barn next to Weeks Hill Road that is well-recognized by those who pass by.
The Percy family has grazed dairy cows at Hunnewell Meadow and on neighboring pastures for more than 20 years. Hunnewell Meadow provides good access to the rest of the pastures and keeps positive attention on local farms and farming in Stowe. “A lot of people tell me how much they like seeing the heifers out there, “says Paul Percy. According to Percy, having the animals in such a visible and central place adds rural character to the town and reminds people where some of their favorite local foods – like Vermont cheddar cheese – come from.
Public Access: The property is open to the public for all forms of dispersed, non-motorized recreation as long as uses do not conflict with farming. In winter, Stowe Nordic Club maintains a groomed cross-county ski trail that crosses the property.
Directions: From Stowe Village, take VT-108N (the Mountain Road). In 0.3 miles, turn right onto Weeks Hill Road. Take your first right onto Mayo Farm Road. The Quiet Path Parking Lot and Hunnewell Meadow will be on your immediate left.
“I’m delighted to donate a conservation easement to the Stowe Land Trust and have the land conserved.”
-- Willard P. Hunnewell