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The Olmsted Legacy Trail website was created in 2013 by CTASLA to provide information about the landscapes and legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted in Connecticut. 

Olmsted was born in Hartford on April 26, 1822 and spent most of his formative years tramping around the streams, forests, and meadows of the neighboring countryside. His notable work in Connecticut includes Beardsley Park and Seaside Park in Bridgeport; Walnut Hill Park in New Britain; and the grounds for the Institute of the Living in Hartford. Upon his death in 1903, he was returned to Hartford to be buried in the Old North Cemetery in Hartford alongside his parents and son.

Public Act 05-179 recognizes Connecticut Olmsted Day, celebrated on April 26th of each year. He was also inducted into the Connecticut Hall of Fame in 2014 in recognition of his influence on the profession of landscape architecture as well as land conservation advocacy.

Goals for this website and trail include:

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

2. Promote landscape architecture in Connecticut.

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

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

In the coming years, the website will eventually include the projects of the Olmsted Brothers and any other landscapes that fall under the Olmsted Legacy.

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