Preservation Group in Burlington to Host Forum on Saving Dwindling Farmland in Connecticut

Pavlik Field in Whigville. Photo(c) Whigville Preservation Group

The Whigville Preservation Group in Burlington will host a Public Forum on Preservation & Conservation.

The event will be held on Wednesday, August 30 at the Whigville Grange, 148 South Main Street from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

“We are looking forward to hearing from public policy makers, and the experts who put those policies into action, about the ways in which scenic open space can be saved,” said Patti Smaldone, leader of the Whigville Preservation Group.

“Whigville has an increasingly unique agricultural character that we hope can be preserved for future generations.”

Panelists at the forum will include Amy Paterson, CT Land Conservation Council, Elizabeth Moore, CT Farmland Trust, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, State Rep. John Piscopo, Ted Shafer, Burlington First Selectman, and Paul Rochford, Burlington Land Trust.

“Our community is one of the last pristine examples of southern New England’s agrarian heritage,” Smaldone said.

“Whigville is defined by the small farms that have been lovingly cared for by the same families for generations.”

According to the Burlington Historical Society, Whigville is a village in the southern section of Burlington known for flat, expansive fields.

It was reputedly named after a group of residents belonging to the Whig Party — a forerunner of the modern Republican Party — who carried a banner proclaiming themselves as residents of “Whigville” to a Whig Party convention in Hartford.

The central residential area of Whigville, with its many early Victorian homes, remains little changed since its first development.

For more information, you can visit their Facebook Page or contact Jon Crane at 860-255-7524 or


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