In 1999, the Becket Land Trust spearheaded a community fundraising campaign to save a 300+ acre parcel of primarily wooded land from industrial development. The Trust soon discovered that the land, which they had purchased sight unseen, contained an old granite quarry contained rusted artifacts left behind when the Hudson-Chester Granite Company suddenly folded.
Since then, the Land Trust has turned the area into a series of walking trails and a living museum about the Industrial Age in this region. In recent years, the task of managing Beckett Quarry has overwhelmed the all-volunteer Trust.
The state’s oldest land trust organization, The Trustees of Reservations, has agreed to take ownership of the Quarry. The organization brings one hundred and thirty years of experience in conservation and managing outdoor recreation properties. Before that happens however, the Becket Land Trust needs the community’s support one more time. Producer Dave Fraser brings us this story.