Martha's Vineyard Land Bank Commission
Home Page
Enjoying The Properties
Map To Properties
Public Use of Land Bank Properties
Dog Policy
Hunting Policy & Forms
Camping and Fire Policy
Conservation Land Maps
Affordable Housing
Guided Walk Schedule
Annual Cross-Island Hike
Farming on Land Bank Properties
Landing at Trade Wind
Public Notices
Draft Management Plans
Requests For Proposals
Invitations to Bid
Processing A Transaction
Land Bank Law
Transfer Fee Regulations
Land Bank Forms
Processing by Mail
Land Bank Commissioners
Land Bank Staff
Talk to Us
Employment Opportunities
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?

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 needle grass, bearberry, wild indigo and sickle-leaf golden aster --- are underway                                                                               

The greatest threat to the rescue zone is boots and shoes.  Animals, such as dogs, pose little or no threat, as paws tread rather lightly on the surface of the land (unless they dig holes --- owners are asked to call their dogs back if they see them plowing up the land). Hikers themselves are asked to limit their own exercise to the existing marked trails on the zone's perimenter; these trails have been sited so as to allow maximum human freedom to ramble on the preserve while permitting sandplain species to continue to exist. 

A portion of the property continues to be used as an airstrip but landings are few.  Pilots are welcome to land here but must receive in advance a permission - to - land slip; 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