Land Bank to protect Kingsbury field vista


The Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank commission Tuesday announced it had signed a contract to purchase a conservation restriction over 7 acres along the State Road in Tisbury. The seller is Kristen Kingsbury Henshaw and the price is $301,000.

The field, often with grazing sheep, and a sign nailed high in a roadside tree in 1998 by Craig Kingsbury, now dead, that reads “Hoo Rah for Bill – Craig,” intended no doubt to welcome visiting former President Bill Clinton, are familiar Island sights.

State Road fields are a long-standing priority for the Land Bank, executive director James Lengyel said in a press release.

In June, the Land Bank purchased a roadside field in West Tisbury owned by Ann Nelson. Ms. Henshaw’s field is located some 0.2 miles from the Land Bank’s Tisbury Meadow Preserve, Mr. Lengyel said. All three of these fields are used for some sort of agriculture, in Mrs. Henshaw’s case as a sheep pasture.

Mr. Lengyel said members of the public with any questions about this acquisition are encouraged to attend one of the commission’s regular Monday evening meetings or one of the meetings of the Tisbury town advisory board.