The 10-acre Eschweiler Lavery Conservation Easement consists of two adjoining parcels of land and includes a unique isthmus between North and Cornell lakes. The property has been in the owner’s family since 1904.
Noted American architect Alexander C. Eschweiler established the picturesque property as his summer home at the turn of the 20th century; he later played a pivotal role in the incorporation of the village of Chenequa. Ms. Lavery is the fourth-generation of the Eschweiler family to own the property. Featuring breathtaking views spanning from Holy Hill to Delafield as well as habitat diversity ranging from swampy wetland to dry upland open oak woodland, the property is home to a healthy oak ecosystem and vibrant bird life. Ms. Lavery has conducted extensive restoration of the property during the past 15 years.
"A number of people have questioned why I would donate the development rights on this property, when the financial value is all in those development rights. I believe it is my duty, and sense of stewardship, to protect this sacred, unspoiled habitat- not only for future generations, but for the birds, fish, turtles and other wildlife who have inhabited this land for centuries." - Liesel Lavery