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Facts of Interest

Year Town Incorporated: 1737
Form of Government: Board of Selectmen
Geographic Location; NW Tip of Region
Geographic Area;
Current Population: Est. (2000 Census)
Median Household Income: $
Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Danbury, CT (22.2 miles , pop. 74,848).
State Lands: Kent Falls State Park; Lake Waramaug State Park; Macedonia Brook State Park; Wyantenock State Forest
Federal Lands:


Warren History


WARREN, Connecticut

Warren, formerly a part of Kent, was settled about 1737. The parish of East Greenwich was organized in 1750. In 1786, a town was incorporated and named for a Massachusetts man, Gen. Joseph Warren, the Revolutionary hero, who lost his life at Bunker Hill. The town consists of a high plateau, bordered on the south by Lake Waramaug.

Leaving Litchfield on R. 25, the traveler may enter Warren by R. 341, or take the more scenic Route 45, along the eastern shore of Waramaug and across the hills to Cornwall Bridge. On R. 45, about a mile above the Lake, a dirt road leads northwest to Above All State Park, 1456 feet elevation, with a fine view to the west. About 12 mile south of the highway junction, we cross an attractive hemlock ravine. The tiny village of Warren has an interesting Congregational Church, with pilastered pediment, a good tower, and fine interior woodwork. It was built in 1818, during the pastorate of Rev. Peter Starr, who served for 57 years. The church sent 16 young men into the ministry, including Charles G. Finney (1792-1875) the famous evangelist, associated with the early history of Oberlin College; and Julian M. Sturtevant (1805-1886) a member of the Illinois Band that went out from Yale, and founder of Illinois College. About 1 1/2 miles north of the village, a road turns west, 1/2 mile to a brick school house, built around 1793, one of the oldest in New England in continuous use.

The blue-marked Mattatuck Trail runs from Prospect Mt. along abandoned roads to Flat Rock, where connection is made with the Appalachian Trail coming east from Kent Falls along the northern boundary of the town. (Flat Rock may be reached at some seasons by car, on road to east just beyond Cornwall line.) The signboard reads: "New Haven, 62 miles; Mt. Katahdin, Maine, 619 miles; Mt. Oglethorpe, Georgia, 1439 miles."

The Warren Land Trust
is an advocacy group dedicated to the preservation of the rural character of Warren. Its mission is to preserve farmland, open space, natural and endangered resources such as wetlands, forests and wildlife habitats, to encourage outright gifting of land for permanent protection and the use of conservation easements to preserve open space.

Organizational Profile
The Warren Land Trust Inc. is a non-profit corporation founded by Warren residents in 1989 to preserve the rural character of our town. We are managed by a Board of Directors, which is elected each year at our annual membership meeting in October.

To date, we have 515 acres under our protection.

We are a qualified conversation organization under Section 170(h) of the Internal Revenue Code, so gifts to us are tax deductible to our donors. Please see Preservation Strategies & Tax Benefits for a summary of possible tax benefits.

The Warren Land Trust currently holds the following properties:

Douglass Preserve - off Hardscrabble Road 17.02 acres
Brush properties (4) – Tanner Hill Road 12.572 acres
Sunset Pond – Cunningham Road 17.091 acres
Cashion Preserve – Route 45 7.362 acres
Eel Pond Preserve – Kent Road 25 acres
Skidmore Preserve – Milton Road 63.0 acres
Dorothy Maier Preserve – Sackett Hill Road 32.429 acres
Graham Brush Preserve – off Wintergreen Lane 40.00 acres
Coords Preserve – off Angevine Road 31.755 acres
Perry Preserve – Old Forge Hollow Road, Litchfield 100 acres


Preservation Strategies and Tax Benefits
All Gifts Tax-Deductible. The Warren Land Trust Inc. is a non-profit corporation and duly qualified 501(c)(3) organization. Therefore, all gifts to the Land Trust are tax-deductible to full extent permitted by law.

Assistance to Donors. We work closely with our donors to help facilitate their gifts to the Land Trust, and we frequently cover all transaction costs, including the survey, title search, appraisal and legal costs.

New Tax Law. The Pension Protection Act, signed by President Bush on August 17, 2006, greatly increased the tax benefits of making a gift to a land trust. Now, you may take a tax deduction for the fair market value of your gift that is equal to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income each year, and you may “roll over” any un-used portion of this deduction for 15 years after the year in which you made your gift. This new tax law stays in effect for 2006 and 2007. On January 1, 2008, the law reverts back to the previous language permitting your tax deduction to be up to 30 percent of your income and a five-year “roll over” period.*


Deed. If you wish to give land to the Land Trust, a deed from you to the Land Trust can be prepared by our attorney or your attorney. The deed can include restrictions concerning the future use of the property, if you so desire, and is recorded with the Warren Town Clerk. No conveyance taxes are due for any donation to a land trust. You should bear in mind that the configuration of the land being donated could affect the value of the land. For example, a parcel that meets local subdivision requirements would have a higher fair market value than a parcel with insufficient access for a subdivision.

Appraisal. A written appraisal by a qualified real estate appraiser is always required in order to receive a tax deduction for land donated to a land trust. The fair market value of the property, as determined by the appraisal, is the value of your charitable donation to the Warren Land Trust.

Example of Tax Benefits:
John and Mary have adjusted gross income of $200,000 in 2006 and each year after that.
In 2006, they donate land with an appraised value of $500,000 to the Warren Land Trust.
In 2006, they elect to take the maximum tax deduction of $100,000 (50% of adjusted gross income)
In years 2007 – 2021, they “roll over” the remainder of this $400,000 tax deduction until it is used up.


Conservation Restriction. If you prefer to retain ownership of your property and, at the same time, ensure that it will never be developed, you may prefer to grant the Land Trust a Conservation Restriction (sometimes called a Conservation Easement). The Conservation Restriction is recorded on the Warren Land Records and prohibits future development of your property, except as permitted in the Conservation Restriction. The Land Trust is happy to provide a sample Conservation Restriction for your review. This document can be customized to reflect the special conditions of your property and exactly how it should be used in the future.

Appraisal. A written appraisal is also required in order to receive a tax deduction for the donation of a Conservation Restriction to the Land Trust. However, an appraisal for a Conservation Restriction is more complicated in that the appraiser must place two values on the land: (1) its value without the restriction and (2) its value with the restriction. The difference between these two values is the value of your charitable donation to the Warren Land Trust.

Example of Tax Benefits:
John and Mary’s 50 acres are worth $200,000 undeveloped.
These same 50 acres are worth $700,000 as a developed parcel (perhaps as subdivision lots)
The value of their charitable donation (and potential tax deduction) is $500,000.

*CAVEAT: This is not intended as a comprehensive summary of all tax issues or all ways of donating land (or conservation restrictions) to the Warren Land Trust. Please see your attorney and accountant for additional information.























Warren Town Hall
Office hours vary by department

Assessor's Office
Warren School
First Selectman
Tax Collector
Town Clerk
Land Use


Notable People

Warren is the birthplace of Charles Finney: (August 29, 1792– August 16, 1875) was a Presbyterian minister who became an important figure in the Second Great Awakening. His influence during this period was enough that he has been called "The Father of Modern Revivalism".

Finney was known for his innovations in preaching and religious meetings, such as having women pray in public meetings of mixed gender, development of the "anxious seat" (a place where those considering becoming Christians could come to receive prayer), and public censure of individuals by name in sermons and prayers.[2] He was also known for his use of extemporaneous preaching.

Painter Cleve Gray lived here in Warren until his death at 86. He was admired for his large-scale, vividly colorful and lyrically gestural abstract compositions,

Irving Penn photographed Francine with stepfather Alex Liberman and mother Tatiana du Plessix Liberman for Vogue in 1948.

Writer Francine du Plessix Gray resides here in Warren She is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated At Home with the Marquis de Sade and a literary critic.. Some more of her work includes but is not limited to: Them: A Memoir of Parents, Simone Weil (Penguin Lives), Soviet Women: Walking the Tigh…, Adam and Eve and the City: Sel…, Lovers And Tyrants

Writer Phillip Roth maintains a house in Warren. He gained fame with the 1959 story collection Goodbye, Columbus, and has since become one of the most honored authors of his generation: Roth's books have twice been awarded the National Book Award, twice the National Book Critics Circle award, and three times the PEN/Faulkner Award. He received a Pulitzer Prize for his 1997 novel, American Pastoral. His 2001 novel The Human Stain was awarded the United Kingdom's WH Smith Literary Award for the best book of the year.


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Cornwall Rd Warren, CT 06754

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Lake Waramaug Town Beach & State park
Fiddlers Pond Brick School Road