The hamlet of Rensselaerville is one of Albany County’s most beautiful locations. Recognized on the National Register of Historic places, it is steeped in historic character; to visit is to step back in time to an earlier era. MHLC is pleased to announce the preservation of a key parcel that contributes to the area’s historic and scenic landscape. Working together with the Eldridge family and the Open Space Institute, we have closed on a conservation easement which now protects 218 acres along the ridge on the eastern side of the hamlet. This easement will ensure that the views of the property will remain undeveloped and open for future generations to enjoy.
The Eldridge property is situated across the Ten Mile Creek valley from the Hilltown Café and post office. The property dominates the view from this center of community activity, and by protecting the property, we have saved the characteristic, rural setting of this part of the hamlet. The 218 acres include forests, fields, and headwater streams of the Ten Mile and Catskill Creeks. The property is directly across Albany Hill Road from the Conkling Farm, a spectacular property which is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been protected by a conservation easement secured by the Open Space Institute.
By connecting easements and focusing on critical conservation areas, we create corridors of conserved land. The Eldridge property is part of a ring of protected lands surrounding the hamlet which now stretches for more than five miles. The conservation of this property preserves a wonderful legacy for the Eldridge family, who have a long history with the community of Rensselaerville.
What is a conservation easement?
A conservation easement is a voluntary agreement to permanently limit the development of a property. The property remains privately owned and stays on the local tax roles. MHLC holds more than 1100 acres of easements in the Helderberg Hilltowns and works with partners such as the Open Space Institute and the Huyck Preserve to preserve the scenic and ecologically important landscapes of the Helderberg Escarpment.
If you are interested in conserving your land, visit our “Conserve Your Land” page to learn more about whether a conservation easement is the right choice for you.