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Gifts of Property

Since 1986, real estate gifts to Mount Grace, either for resale or for conservation, have had an enormous impact on conserving the open spaces in the region.

In 1988, Eleanor Richards Whitmore of Athol bequeathed her modest ranch house and 1/4 acre of land to Mount Grace with the intention that the proceeds from their sale would provide a source of seed money for a project close to her heart: the conservation of the Tully River Watershed.

That bequest provided an impetus for Mount Grace to commission a series of planning studies which laid the groundwork for the Tully Initiative, a multi-year, multi-landowner project in which the Commonwealth, Mount Grace, and other conservation groups acquired development rights to more than 9,000 acres around the watershed.

Gifts and bequests of land have also created many of Mount Grace’s conservation areas, including Skyfields Arboretum, the trust’s headquarters in Athol, and are an important way for landowners to support conservation in the region.

Whether you are interested in donating woodlands for their conservation value or making a real estate gift for resale to support land protection, Mount Grace encourages potential donors of land to contact David Kotker, Mount Grace Major Gifts and Grants Manager, at 978-248-2055 x19 or kotker(at)


Fox Valley dedication plaque