Wilfrid’s Pond Preserve
Coastal ponds, separated from the sea by barrier beaches, are some of the Vineyard’s most appealing places. For wildlife, water quality, aesthetic and other reasons the land bank favors reducing the number of houses built around these ponds. The land bank does not own Wilfrid’s Pond itself, but the preserve which it has created adjacent to it will help protect the pond’s integrity. Visitors will note the relatively high dune and the austere beach, which enjoys views from Cuttyhunk to Mashpee.
Access: Start at the intersection of Franklin Street and Daggett Avenue. Travel west on Daggett Avenue 0.5 miles; Herring Creek Road is here on the right, in two separate tracks. Via foot or bicycle: proceed up the left track some 450 feet and then follow sign directing visitors onto the trail located on the right track. Via automobile: take the left track and travel 0.8 miles to the land bank logo sign, which is located on the right; road is exceptionally challenging to drive, owing to narrowness and limited sight-distances. Parking and access are limited and visitors may have to be turned away; please have an alternative destination in mind if you are planning a trip to this property.
- the eponymous Wilfrid is Wilfrid White of Newton, who bought the farmhouse here and 13.5 acres of land in the 1930s