Land Bank buys West Tisbury field


The Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Tuesday announced it has purchased a 27-acre property in West Tisbury, between State and Old Courthouse roads. The parcel abuts land already conserved and will protect a long stretch of field-lined roadway just opposite the Polly Hill Arboretum heading south.

The seller was Ann Nelson, former owner of the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore. The purchase price was $1.2 million.

The property abuts 87 acres with existing conservation restrictions that the Land Bank purchased from the Greene and Hickie Families in 1989, 2007, and 2008. Most prominent is a hayfield that stretches nearly a thousand feet along State Road, flanked by a stonewall. To the east, the land drops to the Mill Brook and includes fields along the water visible from Old Courthouse Road.

Ms. Nelson said she sold the land to honor her parents, Peg and Albert Littlefield, after she had reacquired their homestead from her son, according to a press release.

James Lengyel, Land Bank executive director, said the Land Bank was always interested in the Littlefield Family fields. “We are so pleased that the entire length of roadside field is now protected,” Mr. Lengyel said.

The property will continue to be hayed and someday will provide trails that integrate it into the neighborhood, Mr. Lengyel said.

Nearby properties include the Land Bank’s Priester’s Pond Preserve and the Agricultural Society fields and hall.

The last major Land Bank acquisition was the Quammox Preserve, 31.5 acres in Edgartown purchased at a price of $2,100,000 on December 28, 2008.

In the current fiscal year that ends on June 30 the Land Bank spent, exempting the Nelson property, $65,105 to purchase property, mostly partial interests in lots with dozens of owners, where the Land Bank is unscrambling bad titles, Mr. Lengyel said.

By comparison, the Land Bank spent $3,242,503 in the previous fiscal year.

For more information, call the Land Bank at 508-627-7141.