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Celebration and Dedication of the Stone Bench for Mary Cory Merritt at the Merritt Family Forest

A beautiful summer/fall day on Monday, October 10, 2011 with temperatures in the high 70’s greeted the 39 guests plus some young neighborhood boys and several wild turkeys. We gathered in a circle of chairs to celebrate Mary Cory Merritt’s life. …


The Merritt Family Forest–WITH NEW MATERIAL

The Merritt Family Forest (TMFF) is a 76 acre wooded open space property sloping eastward from near the summit of Fort Hill down along Route 1 to Fishtown Road–a distance of about one mile. The main entrance is located along Fishtown Road, about 400 feet south of Route 1 (see map), where an historic bridge,…


GOSA Explains Merritt Family Forest Protections

GROTON — GOSA has received some communications from abutters to The Merritt Family Forest and from other Groton residents about GOSA’s decision not to allow horses, bicycles and dogs in order to protect the land. In a recent letter to two abutters who asked for reconsideration of the policy on dogs, GOSA President Priscilla Pratt…


Statement By Nelson Merritt On The Merritt Family Forest

GROTON — Nelson A. Merritt, president of F.L. Merritt Inc., made this statement at the signing May 16, 2008, of paperwork that created The Merritt Family Forest: Our grandfather, Francis E. Merritt, who was born in Ledyard in 1835, bought the Fort Hill Farm in 1868. The son, Francis L. Merritt, was born shortly after…


The Merritt Family Forest A Reality After 5-Year Delay

GROTON — The Groton Open Space Association on May 16, 2008, bought a 75-acre wooded tract from F.L. Merritt, Inc. for $1 million following a nearly five-year court battle with a developer who had sought the land for a 48-house residential subdivision. The property, which runs along Route 1 between the top of Fort Hill…


GOSA Signs Pact To Buy Newly Named Merritt Family Forest

GROTON–F.L. Merritt,Inc. and the Groton Open Space Association signed April 14, 2003, a contract for GOSA to buy the 75-acre Merritt Property on Fort Hill. Nelson Merritt, president of the family corporation, and Priscilla Pratt, president of GOSA, signed the contract in a Greenwich law office. Formal closing on the property is scheduled for this…


A Merritt Family Forest History: The Farm On Fort Hill

The following is a reminiscence by Nelson A. Merritt about the family farm on Fort Hill, a portion of which was to become The Merritt Family Forest. The article was written in 2011. The farm that I was born and raised on was called Fort Hill Farm, thus named because it was located on the very…


Remarks by Sidney Van Zandt at Merritt Bench Dedication

Welcome to you all: To the Merritts, Nelson, his daughters Susan, Nancy, and Debra, to Tom & Hannah Treuer and John & Carly Matroienni. I hope to introduce you to some of the folks that were able to be here today that have been involved in GOSA, and who have done so much to transform…


Nelson Merritt’s Memories Of Farm Life Added To Website; Career Also Described

GROTON — The GOSA website has posted a 1,500-word article by Nelson Merritt about the Fort Hill Farm where he grew up, a 75-acre portion of which now is The Merritt Family Forest. Also added to the website is a newspaper article describing Mr. Merritt’s remarkable post-farm career as an engineer with significant achievements in…


Invasive Plants Being Eradicated On Merritt Garden Area

GROTON — If you’ve driven or walked on Fishtown Road recently, you’ve probably seen signs of a GOSA landscape restoration that’s currently underway in The Merritt Family Forest to the west of the forest entrance. Cars arrive and depart carrying people equipped with cutting tools. Visibility is improving as Bittersweet vines are being taken down…