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   17. FARM POND PRESERVE

Size
27.2 acres

Description
When Oak Bluffs voters in 1992 purchased land for a new elementary school, they also purchased an abutting 17.5 acres of meadow, pond and wetland to serve as an “outdoor laboratory” for pupils. A conservation easement over this land was awarded to the land bank, which manages it both for student study and for general public enjoyment. A trail connects South Circuit Avenue and the school and then continues past the town wellfield into the Trade Wind Fields Preserve — a superb natural experience only minutes from Oak Bluffs center. Also available for exploration is the 9.7-acre knob of land projecting into the Farm Pond from the Beach Road.

Uses
Nature study, hiking, picnicking, mountain-biking, horseback-riding, dog-walking, scenic vista, universal access (moderate terrain) on western side of pond.

Access
Follow directions to the Trade Wind Fields Preserve (property no. 18). Signboard at trailhead describes trail link to the Farm Pond Preserve. In off-hours, and for universal access, parking is permitted at the Oak Bluffs school.

 

Historical Highlights

 

  • in 1733 a tannery was established on the shores of Farm Pond

 

  • in the 1800s the property was used for farming and grazing livestock; the land that is now the preserve continued to be farmed up until at least 1938


Trail / Property Map

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Features

 

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