The Shoolman Preserve features 80 acres of fields, forest and wetlands along the shores of the Mattapoisett River and adjacent to additional forest conserved by the Rochester Conservation Commission.
Well-marked trails lead to a vernal pool, picnic tables, and a river overlook. The Shoolmans were avid birders, and the property is known for the variety of bird species as well as deer, fox, wild turkey and reptiles and amphibians in the wetter areas near the Mattapoisett River. A parking area and informational kiosk are available.
Edith and Eliot Shoolman donated this property to the Mattapoisett Land Trust in 1984, prior to the formation of the Rochester Land Trust. The property now is jointly owned by both land trusts. We honor Mr. and Mrs. Shoolman for this generous gift.
Edith and Eliot Shoolman, 1984
Near 204 New Bedford Road, Rochester, just west of Captain Bonney’s Ice Cream. Off-street parking is available in the area marked with a Rochester Land Trust/Mattapoisett Land Trust sign. The kiosk is at the parking area.
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