Walkabout Beechwood Farm Loop

Beechwood Farm Loop

A microcosm of the adjacent 6,700-acre Middle Moors, the Nantucket Islands Land Bank’s Beechwood Farm property in Polpis shares almost all of the elements of the maritime or, coastal heathlands habitat surrounding it. Upland meadows are dotted with native tree species including black cherry and various oaks including their shrub cousin, scrub oak, and Eastern red cedar. Interspersed among the meadows and upland forests are a maze of wetlands, connected by streams, bursting with waist-high cinnamon ferns sprouting from sphagnum moss beds surrounded by sweet pepper bush with a canopy of black tupelo, red maple, white and black oaks, and sassafras trees. At times, one can feel they are exploring Yoda’s home swamp planet of Dagobah of Star Wars fame.

Meandering through part of this magnificent property is an elevated wooden walkway affording walkers a closer look at these wetlands without getting their feet wet and muddy, and causing irreparable damage to the fragile soils, plants and root systems.

In 2013, the Land Bank and the Nantucket Conservation Foundation (NCF) purchased 207 acres of the Middle Moors, originally known as Norwood Farm, from its long-time owners who, miraculously, never developed any of it. The Land Bank got the 76-acre eastern portion and NCF, 131 acres to the west. Seven years later in 2020, the Land Bank was able to acquire 19.8 additional acres from the same owners, bringing its total to 95.8 acres.

Renaming its part of this beautiful property Beechwood Farm, the Land Bank pays homage to Polpis once having the highest concentration of farms on Nantucket where cranberries and peat were grown along with grazing sheep and cattle. The Land Bank provides wide mown grass trails through meadows, past wetlands, over hills, along forests and the elevated boardwalk leading up to a hill with an excellent 360-degree view of the Middle Moors.

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Oct 26 2021


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  • April, Daffodil Festival
  • May, Wine & Food Festival
  • June 17 – 20, Nantucket Preservation Month
  • June 17 – 28, Film Festival
  • June, Book Festival 
  • July 3 – Independence Day Festivities
  • July 13 – 15, Nantucket Garden Festival
  • July 15 – 17, Comedy Festival
  • July, Nantucket Art and Artisan Show
  • July 19 – 24, Dance Festival
  • August 5 – 7, NHA’s Nantucket by Design
  • August 9-20, Nantucket Beach Fitness Camp
  • August 14, Boston Pops CANCELED
  • August 14 -22, Nantucket Race Week
  • August 22, Opera House Cup CANCELED
  • August, Marine Life Release Day
  • October 9, Cranberry Festival CANCELED
  • November, NHA’s Festival of Wreaths
  • December 3-5, Christmas Stroll
  • December, NHA’s Festival of Trees

2022 Annual Events

  • April 22 – 24, Daffodil Festival
  • May, Wine & Food Festival
  • June, Nantucket Preservation Month
  • June 16 -19, Book Festival
  • June 22 – 27, Film Festival
  • July 3 – Independence Day Festivities
  • July, Nantucket Garden Festival
  • July 14 – 16, Comedy Festival
  • July, Nantucket Art and Artisan Show
  • July, Dance Festival
  • August, NHA’s Nantucket by Design
  • August, Nantucket Beach Fitness Camp
  • August, Boston Pops
  • August, Nantucket Race Week
  • August, Opera House Cup
  • August, Marine Life Release Day
  • October, Cranberry Festival
  • November, NHA’s Festival of Wreaths
  • December, Christmas Stroll
  • December, NHA’s Festival of Trees

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