Bennett's Pond State Park

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Coordinates: 41°19′42″N 73°28′57″W / 41.32833°N 73.48250°W / 41.32833; -73.48250
Bennett's Pond State Park
Connecticut state park
Country  United States
State  Connecticut
County Fairfield
Town Ridgefield
Elevation 525 ft (160 m) [1]
Coordinates 41°19′42″N 73°28′57″W / 41.32833°N 73.48250°W / 41.32833; -73.48250
Area 460 acres (186 ha) [2]
Established 2002
Management Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Location in Connecticut
Website: Bennett's Pond State Park

Bennett's Pond State Park is a Connecticut state park located in the town of Ridgefield. Visitors can hike on scenic lands that were once part of the estate of tinfoil magnate and arboreal philanthropist Louis D. Conley. In 1914, Conley created a 1000-acre estate he called Outpost Farm[3] that became one of the leading nurseries on the East Coast of the United States. Examples of the tree species he nurtured here can be found throughout the park, though most other signs of the estate and its 34-room mansion have disappeared. In addition to hiking, the park offers fishing, biking, and seasonal bow hunting.[2]


  1. ^ "Bennett Ponds". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b "Bennett's Pond State Park". State Parks and Forests. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Outpost Farm". Old Ridgefield. Jack Sanders and Hersam Acorn Newspapers. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 

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