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By 1959, the Teales had grown discontent with the increasing suburban development of Long Island and had begun to seek a new home. They found it in rural eastern Connecticut in the town of Hampton, on a 130-acre estate named "Trailwood." "A miracle," Teale wrote in his diary that year, "almost exactly what we had visioned. Here are opportunities for everything."

At Trailwood, Teale continued his nature studies, his writing and photography, and his voluminous correspondence with fans, writers, and naturalists such as Rachel Carson and Roger Tory Peterson. Trailwood became the subject of one of his best-loved books, A Naturalist Buys an Old Farm (1974). Today, Trailwood is owned by the Connecticut Audubon Society and is open for public visits.

"All the years of existence represent a long love affair with the earth, this earth, the only earth we know."