Welcome to the Olmsted Legacy Trail. This website provides education about the life and works of Frederick Law Olmsted in Connecticut. Other goals for this website and trail include:

  • Support the study and preservation of historic landscapes in Connecticut.

  • Promote landscape architecture in Connecticut.

  • Drive tourism activity to Olmsted sites and communities, similar to other “trail” concepts.

  • Expand the trail to include neighboring states with Connecticut as the nexus to the trail. 

 

This site was created by a dedicated team of volunteers from the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (CTASLA). Additional entries are being added as part of our Olmsted200 storytelling!

 

If you would like to help contribute to this work (or would like to help us improve an existing entry), please leave us a message using the Contact page.

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The Olmsted Legacy Trail is a proud partner for Olmsted200. The National Association for Olmsted Parks (NAOP) is the managing partner of this celebration, and we are honored to be joined by nine other national partners, including the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, American Public Health Association, American Society of Landscape Architects, City Parks Alliance, Landscape Architecture Foundation, National Recreation and Park Association, The Cultural Landscape Foundation, The Garden Club of America and The Trust for Public Land. Click the following link or the logo to visit the celebration homepage and learn more about events in your area!

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Thanks to the magic of NAOP,  the plans and documents of the Olmsted firm can be viewed in context to the places where the work was installed! Visit the
Locales Map on OlmstedOnline.org where you can zoom into Connecticut and explore the numerous projects on your own. Links to Olmsted Online have been provided with each legacy trail page to encourage further exploration.

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In recognition of the 200th anniversary of Frederick Law Olmsted’s birth in 2022, the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office and Preservation Connecticut are partnering to document the Olmsted heritage in Connecticut. The project, funded through the Connecticut Community Investment Act, will produce a statewide historical context for the Olmsted firm that directly addresses Connecticut’s contributions to Frederick Law Olmsted, the Olmsted firm, and the development of landscape architecture; plus a survey of approximately 150 Olmsted-related landscapes throughout the state. Completion is expected in June 2022. For information, email Christopher Wigren, cwigren@preservationct.org