The Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation is the new owner of a 5.7-acre parcel of land on Chappaquiddick that will soon be open to the public.
In its winter 2019 newsletter, Sheriff’s Meadow announced that on Dec. 28, Norman Champ gifted his Chappy property to the conservation organization.
The property sits atop the North Neck Bluffs and offers views of Edgartown Harbor, Oak Bluffs, Cape Poge, Cape Cod, and, on clear days, Nantucket.
When Champ gifted the property to Sheriff’s Meadow, he made a condition that the five-bedroom, 4,776-square-foot house on the property be demolished and the land returned to nature.
Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation executive director Adam Moore told The Times he is working with Habitat for Humanity to clear the home and reuse and resell some of the house items. Once the house is removed, Sheriff’s Meadow will restore the land so there is natural vegetation, and create a trail from North Neck Road up to the summit.
Moore said there will not be a staircase from the bluffs down to the water, because it is too steep and the bluffs are eroding too rapidly. He hopes to have demolition and restoration done this spring. The property was previously listed with Peyton Wallace for $2.7 million.
“It’s going to be a lovely property. It’s wonderful to think that a family can walk up there and enjoy the property and have a nice outing. We feel great about it, and we’re really excited,” Moore said.