Natalie White Preserve

Rucum Road, Roxbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut

9 acres


From the Roxbury Town Hall, take Route 67 south for 1.2 mi. and turn left onto Rucum Road. The preserve is 0.1 miles on the left. Park off the road, facing the stone wall, near the sign.


1925  --  William Styron born in Newport News, Virginia. 

World War II  --  Mr. Styron spent a brief stint in the Marine Corps.

1947  --  Styron graduated from Duke University. He worked briefly in New York as an associate editor for McGraw-Hill.

1951  --  Styron published his first novel, Lie Down in Darkness, for which he received the Prix de Rome from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

1953  --  Styron married Rose Burgunder and settled in Roxbury, Connecticut, his current residence.

1967  --  Styron's The Confessions of Nat Turner, a fictional account of the Southampton, Virginia slave uprising of 1831, which proved to be quite controversial.  The writer received the Pulitzer Prize for this book.

1975  --  the Roxbury preserve was a gift of William and Rose Styron. 

1976  --  0.41 acres given to the preserve by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Adams.


This easy walk is less than 1/4 mi. round trip. The trail heads north across an open field, then downhill toward a wooded area. It crosses a stone wall and then climbs to the hilltop and the Natalie White Memorial sculpture. The Memorial was created by Natalie's father, sculptor Robert White. From the hilltop and memorial site, a lovely view to the west reveals the rolling hills and farmlands of Roxbury -- and beyond, the Berkshires. The trail is short and easy to follow. There are no trail blazes.

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