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The public is invited to two open houses at Davis-Douglas Farm, Massachusetts: from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 29; and from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.
This summer, the Trust purchased the Davis-Douglas Farm, a beautiful 10-acre property on Long Pond Road. Long a beloved scenic landmark in south Plymouth, this property was once part of Howland Davis’ estate on Long Pond. The property’s most recent owner, the Bongiovanni family, has designated the property be named the Davis-Douglas Farm to honor both Howland Davis and their grandfather, Percy Douglas, who farmed the land for many years. It has been occupied by three generations of the Percy Douglas family since the Second World War.
“The property holds tremendous meaning to my family and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome,” David Bongiovanni said. “We support the Trust’s plans and are thrilled to know that the property will look very similar to how it has looked for the last 100 years.”
The Wildlands Trust is a member-supported nonprofit land conservation organization founded in 1973 in Plymouth to preserve the rich natural heritage of Southeastern Massachusetts. To date, the organization has conserved nearly 10,000 acres of land, much of it within Plymouth.
The Davis-Douglas Farm is a dream property for the Trust. In addition to being a very important land protection project, it will provide the Trust with ample space for staff, stewardship equipment and outreach programs. The Trust plans to create a center for community programs and presentations and to host a community garden on the property, similar to the ones created in Duxbury for the past four years.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to save a beautiful piece of land and to restore the very interesting farmhouse that has been part of the landscape for over a century,” Charlotte Russell, a longtime Wildlands Trust board member, said. “We look forward to welcoming the Trust back home.”
Property tours will be conducted from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 29; and from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. Light refreshments will be served. The Farm is located on Long Pond Road in Plymouth. Take Route 3 to Exit 3 and head southwest on Clark Road. Take a left onto Long Pond Road. The Davis-Douglas Farm is less than a mile down this road on the right (before Morgan Road). For more information, call 781-934- 9018 or visit www.wildlandstrust.org.
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