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Ellen Wiley

Landowner

Ellen Wiley (age 97) continues to be pleased with her decision to donate conservation easements on the historic Sherman farm where she lives. In 2004, an easement on the 120 acre farmstead in Pittstown, NY was donated to ASA.

Tim_Ellen__Paul_WileyReferencing the easement and her ancestors, Wiley said that it “shows respect for the Shermans who cleared the land and built the home and barns.”

Wiley moved to the Sherman farm in 1972. Her mother had been born there, as had her grandfather and great grandfather. In fact, the Shermans had settled on the farm in the late 1700s, and the family has owned the farm since then.

In 2003, the farm was accepted onto the National Register of Historic Places by the NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. It was noted as a significant example of an intact, early farmstead.

Wiley has been interested in preservation all her life. She has served as the Pittstown historian for over 34 years, spending countless hours documenting the history of the town as well as her family’s heritage. It was therefore understandable that Wiley would also want to preserve the community’s agricultural heritage.

When Wiley became acquainted with ASA’s work, she enlisted her nephews Paul and Tim Wiley, who co-own the farm with her, to explore the option of donating easements on the farm. They agreed with her, and were equally enthusiastic about conserving the farmland in perpetuity.

The Sherman farm became the first working farm in Rensselaer County to be conserved, and is currently being leased by a neighboring dairy farmer. Recently, Ellen Wiley was honored by the Rensselaer County Legislature with a proclamation recognizing her for her years of service preserving and advocating for local history.

The easements on the Sherman farm cap a very long history of agriculture in the Sherman family, and Ellen Wiley is proud that her decision to conserve the farm will ensure its continued use in farming.

Ellen Wiley profile

Ellen Wiley (age 97) continues to be pleased with her decision to donate conservation easements on the historic Sherman farm where she lives. In 2004, an easement on the 120 acre farmstead in Pittstown, NY was donated to ASA.

Referencing the easement and her ancestors, Wiley said that it “shows respect for the Shermans who cleared the land and built the home and barns.”

Wiley moved to the Sherman farm in 1972. Her mother had been born there, as had her grandfather and great grandfather. In fact, the Shermans had settled on the farm in the late 1700s, and the family has owned the farm since then.

In 2003, the farm was accepted onto the National Register of Historic Places by the NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. It was noted as a significant example of an intact, early farmstead.

Wiley has been interested in preservation all her life. She has served as the Pittstown historian for over 34 years, spending countless hours documenting the history of the town as well as her family’s heritage. It was therefore understandable that Wiley would also want to preserve the community’s agricultural heritage.

When Wiley became acquainted with ASA’s work, she enlisted her nephews Paul and Tim Wiley, who co-own the farm with her, to explore the option of donating easements on the farm. They agreed with her, and were equally enthusiastic about conserving the farmland in perpetuity.

The Sherman farm became the first working farm in Rensselaer County to be conserved, and is currently being leased by a neighboring dairy farmer. Recently, Ellen Wiley was honored by the Rensselaer County Legislature with a proclamation recognizing her for her years of service preserving and advocating for local history.

The easements on the Sherman farm cap a very long history of agriculture in the Sherman family, and Ellen Wiley is proud that her decision to conserve the farm will ensure its continued use in farming.


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