ROXBURY — Howard and Cathleen Bronson of Maple Bank Farm have donated 14.01 acres of forested land off Good Hill Road to the Roxbury Land Trust (RLT). The RLT, which announced the gift of land last week, said the donation was made in honor of Cathleen Bronson’s family and the property will be known as the Hurlbut Woods Preserve.
The Hurlbut family has farmed and stewarded the land continuously in Roxbury since 1730, the announcement said. Cathleen Bronson’s parents, Lewis and Ethel Hurlbut, and her aunt and uncle, Elinor and Alden Hurlbut, started a roadside stand in 1963 to sell poultry and fruit from the farm. The stand, which became known as Maple Bank Farm, was enlarged through the years by the Bronsons as it became a Roxbury landmark and destination offering fruit, vegetables, and plants, with sheep and cattle grazing nearby, the announcement said.