Martha's Vineyard Calendar The History and Landscape at Quansoo Farm
Martha's Vineyard Calendar

The History and Landscape at Quansoo Farm

Enjoy a multimedia presentation by Adam Moore and Kristen Fauteux of Sheriff's Meadow. This presentation will guide you through the history and landscape at Quansoo Farm. Quansoo Farm - 146 acres of meadow, field and forest that stretches from the shores of Black Point Pond to the south and Tisbury Great Pond to the east - was given to the Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation by Florence B. “Flipper” Harris. The antique farmhouse on the property is believed to be one of the oldest houses on Martha’s Vineyard, perhaps the oldest dwelling that still sits in its original location.

The Mayhew-Hancock-Mitchell house likely dates to the 17th Century and is one of just a handful of houses remaining in the country that contains original wattle and daub construction.

Quansoo Farm lies on the great outwash plain of Chilmark. With the Atlantic surf audible, a near-constant wind sculpts the trees of Quansoo into shapes beautiful and grotesque. Many features make this landscape distinctive:  the meadows of little bluestem, the wide-open hayfields, the antique Mayhew-Hancock-Mitchell House, the forests of oak and hickory and shadbush and sassafras. Also, much of the soil of Quansoo Farm is considered prime soil for farming. The Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation’s goal is to continue the farming heritage of this land, an important place in the history of Chilmark, both before and after European settlement in the mid-1600’s.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Chilmark Free Public Library
522 South Road, Chilmark, MA 02535

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