The Property has been privately owned as farm and forest land since Middlesex was settled. The residents of Middlesex and surrounding towns have traditionally used the Property for winter and summer recreation with permission from previous owners or their agents. The Property was offered to Vermont Land Trust (VLT) for permanent conservation, and with the help of both public and private donations, was acquired and subsequently conveyed to the Town of Middlesex in January 2009.
Thanks to an effort led by the Vermont Land Trust, the Town bought the 403-acre property from Cynthia Steed and Eleanor Ott in January 2009. The $324,000 purchase was funded by the Vermont Housing an dConservation Board ($271,000), the Vermont River Conservancy ($6,000), the Middlesex Conservation Fund ($18,610) and more than 90 private donors ($28,153).