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   39. WEAHTAQUA SPRINGS PRESERVE

Size
35.3 acres

Description
Seldom has the land bank waited so long to acquire a particular parcel of land:  the property comprising the core of this preserve sat on its priority list for close to fifteen years before it became available at a reasonable price. Drinking water protection was the primary goal; the land is squarely in the drawdown zone for the town well at the Upper Lagoon Pond and is known as a property of springs. None flows atop the land itself — they instead surface on the adjacent water district property via a stream known as the Stepping Stones Brook. The property has been named the Weahtaqua Springs Preserve, in honor of the Wampanoag name for land at the head of the Lagoon Pond.  The preserve's trail terminates atop an irregular and compact ness with a view of the pond; the contours of the topography here are thrown into particular relief after a snowfall.   

Uses
Nature study, hiking, picnicking, mountain-biking, horseback-riding,dog-walking, scenic vista.

Access
Park in the trailhead at the Featherstone Farm (property no. 30) and follow signs.

 

 

Historical Highlights

 

  • archaeological evidence suggests that Wampanoags occupied this site for a long time and that this specific village was abandoned prior to English occupation; it appears that the villagers depended on shellfish rather than agriculture

 

  • during the mid-1600s the land at the head of Lagoon Pond was owned by the Smith family and was the beginning of a 600-acre farm that extended north and south of the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road and to the east and west of Barnes Road


Trail / Property Map

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Features

 

picnicing hiking