Alice’s Legacy

In 1969, Alice De Lamar donated the Stonebridge Parcel, which borders the West Branch of the Saugatuck River,  to the Aspetuck Land Trust.
There is easy walking along a pleasant trail network.

From the parking area the trail leads north through a grove of crab apple trees into a meadow. You can either walk south through the field or west across the field to a wide area of the river (pond). The trail goes south along the river to the “stonebridge,” where stepping stones are set on top of a low dam. Across the river, the path loops to the north and then down the river to Stonebridge Road.

In the Afterword to her biography of Eva Le Gallienne, Helen Sheehy writes, “Eva believed the dead help the living.”

When Alice De Lamar died in August 1983, she left Eva a legacy of over $1 million, nearly one-fourth of her entire estate. (Alice De Lamar, will, October 6, 1981, Westport Probate Office, Westport, CT).

graf aliceAlice had always promised Eva that she would “see about things for her,” and as always, Alice was true to her word. Eva later recalled, “I knew her for 60 years. She was one of the known good people. She donated an immense amount of good but she never wanted it known. She used her money in the best way possible. It is very sad for all of us to lose her.”

This bequest made Eva financially secure for the first time in her life. It enabled her to stay in her own home in Weston and live until age 92. She died in 1991.

http://www.nytimes.com/1991/06/05/obituaries/eva-le-gallienne-actress-is-dead-at-92.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

In 1970 Eva had given 12 acres of her property in Weston to the Aspetuck Land Trust for the Eva Le Gallienne Bird Sanctuary, which was opened to the public after Eva died and can be visited today.

Alice donated her collection of art books to the Weston, CT library, and there is a bust of her there.
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