The Dorothy Frances Rice Sanctuary in the
wilds of Peru, its 2,043-foot average
elevation, highest in the state. Here you can find total solitude, tranquility and unspoiled beauty. The sanctuary was established in the late 1920s on property owned by Oran Rice, a New York City architect, and his wife, Mary, to honor their daughter, a recent Smith College graduate who had succumbed to
tuberculosis. Dorothy Frances loved this land, the site of her family’s summer home. After Oran Rice died, his widow set up a family trust to preserve and maintain the land, which was donated to the New England Forestry
Foundation in 1974, along with a maintenance fund for the trails and the caretaker’s cottage.
There are six colored trails well marked and maintained by three volunteers. ALL the trails are amazing!!