VCS hike at Quansoo
Big Sandy, a spit of land curling into Tisbury Great Pond, marked the finish line for sailboat races during John Whiting's day. The barrier beach separating the pond from the Atlantic Ocean is visible in the distance. Photos by Susan Safford
Susan Whiting led the Vineyard Conservation Society (VCS) winter walk last Sunday, on her family's land in Chilmark. The land fronts on Tisbury Great Pond, stretching from the opening to Town Cove south to a point called Big Sandy. We watched sheep grazing along the boundaries of Arnie Fischer's property on Flat Point across the pond, and further out we could see the Land Bank property at Sepiessa, known to old-timers as Tississa.
Sue Whiting stopped the hikers periodically to share family stories about the area.
On the walk we passed by a house used by the Coast Guard during World War II. The men had a dual purpose; they walked the ocean beach on the lookout for enemy submarines, and at night they rowed up and down the pond to make sure all houses were "blacked out." Even the slightest amount of light was an excuse to go up to a house, with the hope of being invited in for a bite to eat.