“Back in the late '80s, 440 acres in Elkhart basically became the property of the Texas Land Conservancy,” Matthew said. “We're the second largest land trust in Texas... and basically we own some properties that people are trying to preserve. She gave the land to the land trust.”
According to the website, Payne's “wish was that the property be a place for education and public enjoyment.”
For more information, visit the Texas Land Conservancy website at www.texaslandconservancy.org or call 361-790-3074. For more on events of the 76th Annual Dogwood Trails Celebration, visit the Dogwood Trails website at www.texasdogwoodtrails.com.