dumaine-river-resized2Name of Project: Dumaine

Location: Bloomfield, VT

River: East Branch of the Nulhegan River

Type of Project: Fishing Access, Paddle Boat Put-In, Campsite

Public Access: Yes

Date Completed: 2009

Size: 7.4 Acres

Water Frontage: 1,350′

Landowner: Vermont River Conservancy

Funding Partners: Upper Connecticut River Mitigation & Enhancement Fund, George and Miriam Martin Foundation, Davis Conservation Fund

Property Description: This parcel provides convenient access to the East Branch of the Nulhegan River. Mainly grassland with a partial overstory of mature pine, the land also provides floodplain and a meander belt access for the East Branch.

Project Background: When Sherry Belknap, a longtime VRC Board member, was working on having his land along the East Branch protected with a conservation easement, he encouraged the owner of this adjoining parcel, Frank Dumaine, to consider doing the same. Mr. Dumaine was actually interested in selling the parcel, and VRC started negotiations for the purchase. The parcel provided easy access from the main road to the East Branch for fishing and a paddle boat put-in; it also allowed access to the Belknap easement along the same waterway. Grants from three different foundations allowed VRC to purchase the land, with plans to eventually convey the land to the State of Vermont.

Directions: Take US Route 2 East out of Montpelier. Go approximately 37 miles to St. Johnsbury. Turn left at Railroad Street/US Route 2. Turn right on Portland Street. Follow Route 2 through Lunenburg and Guildhall. In Bloomfield, go left at the intersection with Route 105. Property is on the left about 1.5 miles west of Bloomfield village at 2367 Route 105.


Read the report written about the Dumaine house, “A Cultural Resource Assessment for the Historic Davis Property”, written in May 2009 by Carrie Mardorf and Tracy Martin as part of a class at the University of Vermont.

Historic Davis Property Report May 2009

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