Synagogue Site Gifting Ceremony a Success!



On October 15, 2021, in the Hartford offices of the Connecticut State Preservation Office (SHPO) at 1:00 P.M., The New England Hebrew Farmers of the Emanuel Society (NEHFES) and The Archeological Conservancy (TAC) cosigned a Donation Agreement that gifts the synagogue parcel of the "NEHFES Synagogue and Creamery Site" in Chesterfield, Connecticut to TAC. TAC is a nonprofit organization that acquires and preserves significant archaeological sites in the United States. By placing the parcel in the hands of TAC, NEHFES hopes to ensure that the site is protected and properly managed in perpetuity.

As TAC president Mark Michel wrote to NEHFES president Nancy R. Savin following the signing:

"I know how difficult it is to get things done in this pandemic age, but the event was flawless and everyone was duly impressed. Thanks too for working with the Conservancy to develop a plan for the permanent preservation of the New England Hebrew Farmers of the Emanuel Society site. It is a fantastic archaeological site and a critical part of the American Story."

On March 17, 2022, the new title will be filed in the Town of Montville Land Records, 130 years from the day in 1892 when Society Agudas Achim filed a $1 quitclaim deed that changed ownership of their land from Society Agudas Achim to the renamed New England Hebrew Farmers of the Emanuel Society.

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Press Release regarding the signing ceremony (download pdf):