The Rockwell Museum Grant is a rarely visited Association property. It is a steep wooded slope, not conducive to public recreation. This property was gifted to the Association by deed of the Norman Rockwell Museum, filed on October 16, 1987. It was part of the Butler estate acquired by the Museum when it outgrew the Old Corner House in town. Although it was not usable land, the Museum Trustees felt it was important that the watershed resource be preserved.
Conservation Restriction. None. The deed does contain four restrictions, followed by the statement: “The intention…is to assure that said parcel remain predominantly in its natural, scenic and open condition in order to protect the natural and watershed resources.”
Size. 4.57 acres
Between Butler Road and the Housatonic River. Bounded on the northeast by Butler Road, and on the southwest by the river.
Starting at the Red Lion Inn, head west on Main Street/Route 102. Stay on Route 102 about 2 miles to the Route 102/183 intersection (blinking light). Turn left/south onto Route 183. Butler Road is ¾ mile on the left, just past the entrance to the Norman Rockwell Museum. Park along Butler Road, which is a dead-end and is lightly traveled. The steep wooded slope down to the river on the right is the Association property.
Upper Bowker’s Woods
Lower Bowker’s Woods
October 16, 1987
A gift from The Norman Rockwell Museum