Martha's Vineyard Landbank Commission
Home Page
Enjoying The Properties
Map To Properties
Interactive Map
Public Use of Land Bank Properties
Conservation Land Maps
Affordable Housing
Guided Walk Schedule
Annual Cross-Island Hike
Farming on Land Bank Properties
Landing at Trade Wind
Universal Access
Public Notices
Draft Management Plans
Management Plans
Requests For Proposals
Invitations to Bid
Employment Opportunities
Annual Report
Summer Use Reports
Processing A Transaction
Land Bank Law
Transfer Fee Regulations
Land Bank Forms
Processing by Mail
Talk To Us
Land Bank Commissioners
Land Bank Staff
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why is there a lien on my property?
I paid a Land Bank fee, can I take a deduction on my tax return?
What happens to the lien if I want to refinance?
How do I obtain public records?

71.8 acres


Here is the classic sandplain grassland habitat, whose survival in this location was just a matter of good fortune: the land was used for decades as a grass-strip airport and the regular mowing and rolling that accompanied that use prevented the land's succession into woodland.  Ongoing rescue efforts for the sandplain species --- purple tiger beetle, sandplain blue-eyed grass, purple needlegrass, bearberry, wild indigo and sickle-leaf golden aster --- are underway.

The restoration effort is a dynamic process. Please stay on designated trails and follow all property rules as outlined in the posted signage.

A portion of the property continues to be used as an airstrip.  Pilots are welcome to land here but must have an approved permission-to-land slip in advance; details may be obtained by telephoning the land bank office.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

nature study, hiking, picnicking, mountain-biking, horseback-riding, dog-walking (except on runway and taxiway), cross-country skiing, scenic vista, universal access (difficult terrain).

Trailhead and bicycle rack located on-site. Start at the intersection of the County, Barnes and Wing Roads. Travel on the County Road toward Edgartown; after 0.5 miles, turn left into trailhead driveway.

Historical Highlights

  • "in the 1800s, the preserve was a successful dairy farm run by the Chase family; this property also included part of the Farm Neck golf course

  • "in 1930 the Chase family sold the farm to Antone Sanchos, who started the first Vineyard repair shop forairplanes and opened up one of the fields for airplanes; in the 1950s retired United States Air Force Captain Carolyn Cullen and Rachel William formed the Trade Wind Flying Service here

Trail / Property Map

Click to View


biking hiking picnicing mountain bikinghorseback riding dog walking