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The new trails at the Dover Stone Church Preserve are officially open!

Thanks to all who attended the grand opening of the new trails and kiosk at the expanded Dover Stone Church Preserve!

 
We had a beautiful day for the Dover Stone Church Trails Opening and would like to thank everyone who joined us! A crowd of over 80 people gathered to celebrate the opening of four miles of new trails. We were honored to hear remarks from County Executive Marc Molinaro, County Clerk Brad Kendall, Dover Town Supervisor Ryan Courtien, Lydia Higginson, Deputy Director of Dutchess County Tourism, Hank Osborn of New York New Jersey Trail Conference, and DLC President Becky Thornton – all of the speakers described the uniqueness of Dover Stone Church, the importance of its protection, and the opportunities that the new trails bring to the public to explore this truly special place.

Dover Stone Church has historical ties to Native American Pequot Chief Sassacus and his warriors, who fled from British troops. Our trails celebration was highlighted with a Native American Blessing delivered by Ed Wolf-Walker Conley of the local Schaghticoke tribe, and Donna Coane sang and drummed a song of welcome for all future visitors.

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