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Sweetened Water Preserve


11.4 acres


Edgartown takes justifiable pride in its scenic West Tisbury Road, which is the occidental entrance into town center. Formerly overgrown and hosting a prominent house, this property was restored to open grassland via the off-premises relocation of the house and a round of mowing by the land bank. As a result, the land now blends into the road’s long corridor of fields and the mowing has exposed the blue disk of the Sweetened Water Pond.

Universal Access

  • Difficulty rating: Easy
  • Trail: Accessible from bicycle path with 300’ of hardened trail through meadow to pond
  • Points of Interest: Peaceful views of meadow and Beetle Pond
  • Benches: 1


Start at the intersection of Cooke Street and West Tisbury Road. Travel west 0.8 miles on the West Tisbury Road; park on the right at the town’s Jernegan’s Pond and cross the road to visit the property. Universal access space is located on the south side of the road.

Historical Highlights

  • the preserve and surrounding land were once part of a dairy farm; Holstein and Guernsey cattle used the ponds there as watering holes