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                 Richard Valentine

Mahoosuc Land Trust creates new community conservation center with gift of property in Bethel.

Local family leaves 142 acre farm in Bethel to the Mahoosuc Land Trust

The Mahoosuc Land Trust is delighted to announce it is the beneficiary of a bequest of 142 acres of land from the estates of Richard and Mary Valentine of Bethel.  Dick and Mary Valentine, brother and sister, grew up in Pittsburg, PA, spending summers with their grandparents in Bethel. The Valentine family owned the farm for five generations.

The land, located on both sides of North Road, includes open fields, productive forests, Androscoggin River frontage and a two-story building. The Land Trust will be moving its offices to the second floor.  The first floor will provide a community meeting space for educational programs and hands-on workshops in collaboration with local schools and community groups.

Jim Mitchell, Executive Director, tells us “in conversations with Dick Valentine, he would focus on the value of his land as wildlife habitat.  He saw deer and bear from his porch and took a great interest in the waterfowl in the nearby creek. The Farm is a gift of love inspired by a deep connection to the land, its history and the community.”

The Mahoosuc Land Trust’s goal for the Valentine Farm Conservation Center is to create a place to connect people with the land and with other people. We want the Farm to become a dynamic conservation center where the experience of hands-on nature is foremost.  The Land Trust Board of Directors is looking at uses of the Valentine Farm to include easily accessible nature trails, wildlife programs, and sustainable agriculture and forestry.  

The Land Trust Board is optimistic that the Valentine Farm Community Conservation Area will be a living demonstration of how conservation can improve our lives and communities.


  • Our Vision:

    • Unspoiled scenic views
    • A clean and accessible Androscoggin River
    • Pedestrian-friendly communities
    • Protected wildlife habitats
    • Outdoor recreation
    • Preservation of plant diversity
    • Promotion of working farms
    • Productive and sustainable forests
    • Education for an environmentally aware public