Westmoreland Conservancy held a neighborhood meet and greet at their new Peaceful Stable Reserve on Saturday, July 29. While the morning rain was heavy the skies cleared in time for the 10AM-12PM event, which allowed for interaction and conversation amongst those attending. The reserve is Westmoreland Conservancy’s tenth, a proud milestone for the western Pennsylvania-based organization.

The Molicki family, who donated the land, offered this statement: “The Peaceful Stable Reserve is proudly donated by Barbara Molicki; a retired nurse who worked in the original J&L Steel Mill on Carson Street. This almost 4-acre field was originally part of a much larger farm owned by the McMullen family and is located right in the heart of Murrysville off of School Road North. Situated on a big, sloping hill, the field offers beautiful views and a natural ‘green space’ for neighbors on Windover and Cherry Drive. The field is home to a diverse animal population and also boasts a beautifully-kept horse stable, complete with 6 stalls and authentic craftmanship! Just a couple of years ago, the field was slated to be developed by a builder. Barbara, understanding the beauty and historic importance of the property both for her and the neighbors, seized the opportunity to buy it herself. She purchased the property with the sole intention of donating it to Westmoreland Conservancy, thus forever ensuring that this beloved parcel of land is preserved and will remain a natural habitat for many animals. It gives her great joy to know that friends and neighbors will be able to enjoy the peaceful reserve for many years to come.”

Shelly Tichy, President of the Westmoreland Conservancy board, stated: “Westmoreland Conservancy is proud to protect such special places for neighborhoods and communities. Our thanks to Barbara and her family for entrusting us with this lovely property.”

Photos of the Peaceful Stable Reserve and the Neighborhood Meet and Greet Event:

Photo credits: Phil Miller, Lysa Wysong Lytikainen