The historical attributes of Morris Manor were a driving force to protect this property and its historic context in the region, the release said. The property is part of a land grant obtained by the Morris family in 1769. It is still in the hands of descendants of General Jacob Morris, one of the sons of Lewis Morris, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
In addition to the historic farm house on the McEwan Pope property, an original 3-holer (outhouse) still stands on her property.
Otsego Land Trust has protected nearly 9,000 acres in the Otsego region, which includes southern Herkimer, Schoharie and northern Delaware counties. It is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect lands and waters of significant scenic, historic and natural value, including working forests and farmland.
For more information on conservation easements and the Otsego Land Trust, visit www.otsegolandtrust.org or contact Connie Tedesco at 547-2236.