The Lachat Oversight Committee will hold two public information sessions in the coming week. The meetings are a chance for the public to learn about plans for the Lachat farm and farmhouse, as well as an opportunity for the committee to hear feedback from Weston residents.
The meetings are set for Saturday morning, June 15, at 10, and Tuesday evening, June 18, at 7:30. Both will be held in the Meeting Room at Weston Town Hall.
The historic farmhouse on the more than 40-acre property off Godfrey Road West, which was deeded to both the town and the Nature Conservancy by the late Leon Lachat in 1997, had fallen into such disrepair that in the summer of 2011, the Board of Selectmen began discussing the possibility of demolishing the crumbling building, fearing it could pose a public nuisance.
A Friends of Lachat group formed at that time to raise money to save the farmhouse.
The town agreed to stabilize the farmhouse using a portion of the money raised by the Friends of Lachat, as well as some town funds.
In addition, the town created the Lachat Oversight Committee in 2012 after entering into a dual lease agreement with the Nature Conservancy. According to the lease agreement, the town is now responsible for the front meadow portion of the property (about 19 acres), including the buildings, and the conservancy oversees the wooded area next to its Devil’s Den Preserve (about 22.5 acres).
The oversight committee has been tasked with creating and overseeing implementation of a master plan for the town’s portion of the property. Committee members have agreed to focus on creating “a farming experience for future generations with a look to Weston’s past.”
The group’s master plan includes projects that relate to four main objectives: food and farming, history, youth, and community.
Details of the oversight committee’s multi-phase plans so far are available at westonct.gov.