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McLean Game Refuge

cabin-250Senator George P. McLean gave to the Simsbury and Granby area an extraordinary legacy through his preservation of 3,200 acres of abandoned farms and wild land.  In these woods, he found respite from the pressures of state and national politics where his career included U.S. Attorney General for Connecticut (1892-1896); Governor of Connecticut (1901-1903) and U.S. Senator (1911-1917 and 1918-1929).

McLean hunted and fished this land, sharing it with Presidents Coolidge, Taft and Hoover, along with Gifford Pinchot, first Chief of the U.S. Forest Service.  McLean also relied upon the woodcraft and wisdom of Amos George, a Pequot a Native American who served as land caretaker from 1912 until 1947. 


Close Friend: From left to right: President Coolidge, Mrs. McLean, Mrs. Coolidge, and Senator McLean at McLean's cabin

"I want the game refuge to be a place where some of the things God made may be seen by those who love them, as I loved them, and who may find in them the peace of mind and body that I have found." From the will of Senator McLean. 

In addition to land, the Senator left a limited endowment to support the land maintenance and stewardship of the McLean Game Refuge.  The Trustees of McLean have added over a thousand acres to the Refuge since the Senator's death, thanks to the generosity of individuals, families and the state of Connecticut.


Senator George P. McLean in the Refuge

McLean is sustained through the vision and foresight of the endowment from Senator McLean, and the charitable contributions from our community including annual gifts, bequest gifts and memorial gifts.  To learn more about sustaining the McLean Game Refuge for generations to come, please click here Support the Game Refuge for more information.


The Refuge has always been open to the public for free for passive recreation and photography.  Please explore our website and enjoy the many trails, picnic areas, and habitat. Please click on the Visiting The Refuge section for more information and a few simple rules.

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