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Priester’s Pond Preserve


2.9 acres


Special features are the sunsets over the water and the spillway at the dam. Also frequently seen: roosting osprey and belted kingfishers, plus sunning painted turtles. In the autumn the pond reflects the scarlet leaves of the surrounding beetlebung trees, creating a memorable view.

Universal Access

  • Difficulty rating: Easy
  • Trail: 300’ of hardened trail
  • Points of Interest: Intimate views of historical freshwater pond and surrounding environment
  • Benches: 1


Preserve is located at the intersection of the North and State Roads, opposite the Liberty Oak. Trailhead and bicycle rack located on site.

Historical Highlights

  • Priester’s Pond was created in the late 1700s in order to build a mill at its outlet, for the purpose of grinding grain into flour
  •  The milling enterprise was long owned by Edgartonian Dr. Daniel Fisher, after whom an ancient way — still extent in many places — connecting West Tisbury and Edgartown is named

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