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VIDEO: Dedication Ceremony for Oakes Nature Preserve

The open house for the new nature preserve, located on Chidsey Road., was Sunday.

The Avon Land Trust held a dedication ceremony Sunday for the Oakes Preserve, its newest property.

Avon Town Historian Nora Oakes Howard's family donated a small parcel of land that the land trust later swapped for the 17-acre Chidsey Road property. The Chidsey property, now the preserve, was named after the Oakes family.

Oakes Preserve is open to the public and has a park atmosphere. The preserve has many natural features, such as a pond, swamp, meadow and woodlands. There is also an old wagon road leading to the old town center. Land trust members installed a gazebo this past summer and there is a hiking trail on the property.

Editor's Note: The Oakes family did not donate the Oakes Preserve to the Avon Land Trust, as was originally reported. The family instead donated a small parcel that the land trust swapped for the land where the Oakes Preserve is now located. The error has been corrected.

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