Location: Edson Hill, Stowe
Date Protected: December 1992; land donated to SLT by the Wiessner Family
Landowner: Stowe Land Trust
Conservation Purposes: The purpose of conserving this property was to protect the scenic, recreational and productive landscape for present and future generations.
Project Background: Muriel S. Wiessner, known as Moo Moo, knew for years that she wanted to conserve the 104-acre parcel she owned located off Edson Hill Road. Twenty years before beginning negotiations with Stowe Land Trust, Mrs. Wiessner and her husband, Fritz, had looked into various means to preserve the land but they were unable to establish a deal that met their needs. The Wiessners, residents of Stowe for 40 years, were ardent conservationists and wanted to ensure that their land would be maintained perpetually in the way that they saw fit. After Fritz died in 1988, Moo Moo continued to pursue the idea of conserving the property as a tribute to Fritz’s life and accomplishments. Ownership of 79 acres of the property was donated to Stowe Land Trust in 1992. Conservation restrictions placed on the remaining lots, which made up the original parcel, guarantee the scenic conservation value of the property will remain intact.