“It’s a powerful place,” Blough said of the island off of Cape Cod.
It was all the back in 1711 when ownership of the island last changed hands.
“It was sold by the last Nauset sachem to a private owner, and that was the last time it was publicly accessible,” Blough said.
Sipson Island Trust is part of the major fundraising coalition that came together to buy the island back and preserve it for conservation.
“We were able to raise the money in a year and half with the help of Friends of Pleasant Bay,” Blough said. “Sipson Island Trust, we were able to found it as a nonprofit. We wrote a land management plan for the next five years.”
A lot of hard work that has paid off in a pretty spectacular prize for the public. That prize was a special place for Native Americans.
“This was a very important place for native peoples,” Blough said. “We see it as a window to the past and I hope people can feel that powerful energy and history.”
An island jewel that spans 24 acres in the middle of an area of critical environmental concern.
“There’s a lot of diverse habitats, there’s a fringe salt marsh, there’s woodlands,” Blough said.
Preserving and protecting that was a driving force behind the effort to buy it, open it up and eventually educate Bay Staters and beyond about its history and habitat.
“There’s a lot to see, its beautiful,” Blough said.
Sipson Island Trust gave the following statement about the island and its new public access:
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