Gordon, Frank & Dot (Chetwood Trust and OPPA)

  • 43.00 acres
  • 12/96
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Gordon, Frank & Dot (Chetwood Trust and OPPA)

Davis Hill Road and Route 11, New London

Once again Frank and Dot Gordon demonstrated their true concern for the region by donating a conservation easement on their 43-acre New London property on Davis Hill Road. The tract is primarily forested and includes 1,556 feet of shore frontage on Lake Sunapee and an additional 913 feet of shoreline on Otter Pond. The property abuts other protected lands of Lincoln Gordon, totaling more than 2,500 feet of unspoiled shoreline on Lake Sunapee. The Frank and Dot Gordon property contains two houses, one seasonal and the other year-round that can continue to be used. There is a provision that an additional house can be constructed on the parcel. Ausbon Sargent has the right to maintain the old Sunapee/New London Stagecoach Road as a public footpath, which is accessible from Davis Hill Road. Parcels such as the Gordon's are extremely important to the well being of Lake Sunapee. The natural vegetation along the shoreline improves the water quality by controlling erosion and filtering out contaminated runoff from surrounding roads. In 1992 Frank and Dot donated a conservation easement on 19.95 acres on their Jobs Creek Road Property in Sunapee, which included another 1,500 feet of Lake Sunapee shoreline.
Frank Gordon passed away in February of 2000.
In December 2006, Dot Gordon made an outright gift of the 7.8 acres that includes Otter Pond Beach to the Otter Pond Protective Association with the understanding that the beach would continue to be open to the public as it has been since she and Frank have owned it. The balance of the easement acreage is still under ownership by the Gordon Family (Chetwood Trust).


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