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.
Start at the intersection of Franklin Street and Daggett Avenue. Travel on Daggett Avenue in the direction of Lake Tashmoo for 0.5 miles; turn right onto the second dirt road, which is the Herring Creek Road. It is long; follow it for 0.8 miles to the land bank logo sign, which is located on the right at the driveway entrance. Parking and access are limited and visitors may have to be turned away; please have an alternate destination in mind if you are planning a trip to this property.
- the eponymous Wilfrid is Wilfrid White of Newton, who bought the farm house here and 13.5 acres of land in the 1930s