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Sixth Annual Walk, Indian Neck

From the Fall 2012 WCT Newsletter:

On Saturday September 8th, 73 walkers joined the Trust on  the  Sixth  Annual Walk  in  Wellfleet  around  the northern part of Indian Neck. It was an absolutely perfect September  day  to  visit  an  area many  walk  participants knew little about.   So the combination of exploring new places  coupled  with  talks  once  again  proved  to  be  a successful formula.

The walk started with an orientation to conserved lands by  the  Trust  and  Town  by  Trust  President  Dennis OIConnell at Indian Neck Beach, and then, after a stop by the newly installed Durand Echeverria memorial plaque and  rock  by  the  breakwater  in  Wellfleet  Harbor,  we heard a talk by Trustee Ned Hitchcock on past and future dredging in the harbor.  David Wright, from the Wellfleet Historical Society added comments on the history of the Indian Neck area, including learning that the area got its name by the relocation of the local Native Americans in 1713.  Then,  the  group  moved  around  Chipman’s  Cove and over toward Fox Island to hear about the history of Fox Island Marsh and the cooperation between the State, Town and Trust to preserve this large area.

On Saturday September 8th, 73 walkers joined the Trust on  the  Sixth  Annual  >Walk  in  Wellfleet>  around  the northern part of Indian Neck. It was an absolutely perfect September  day  to  visit  an  area many  walk  participants knew little about.   So the combination of exploring new places  coupled  with  talks  once  again  proved  to  be  a successful formula. The walk started with an orientation to conserved lands by  the  Trust  and  Town  by  Trust  President  Dennis OIConnell at Indian Neck Beach, and then, after a stop by the newly installed Durand Echeverria memorial plaque and  rock  by  the  breakwater  in  Wellfleet  Harbor,  we heard a talk by Trustee Ned Hitchcock on past and future dredging in the harbor.  David Wright, from the Wellfleet Historical Society added comments on the history of the Indian Neck area, including learning that the area got its name by the relocation of the local Native Americans in 1713.  Then,  the  group  moved  around  ChipmanIs  Cove and over toward Fox Island to hear about the history of Fox Island Marsh and the cooperation between the State, Town and Trust to preserve this large area. Wellfleet&Conservation&Trust&Online&Newsletter&•&Fall&2012&•&&Page&1& S

Fifth Annual Walk, Duck Creek tidal marsh

On a beautiful Saturday morning, seventy local residents and visitors gathered for the fifth anniversary walk of the Trust’s popular and now traditional annual event.

Walk-2011canonhStarting from the Congregational Church, where Trust President Denny O’Connell noted the steeple clock strikes the hours in eight bells–the only church in the country that continues this early American coastal town tradition–we proceeded to Dr. Clarence J. Bell Square at the corner of Main street and Whit’s Lane. There Trustee Marcia Seeler spoke about the early century significance of the site, dedicated in 1982 to the memory of Dr. Bell, a family physician whose home and office were at that location.

At Uncle Tim’s Bridge we heard an informative talk on the ecology of the Duck Creek tidal marsh by Bob Prescott, Director of Massachusetts Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Janet Erickson then spoke about the history and reconstruction of Uncle Tim’s Bridge, a local historic landmark named after Timothy A. Daniels who died in 1893. Trustee Frank Corbin then led the walkers around Hamblen Park, also known as Cannon Hill where he described plans to rectify serious erosion on the south slope facing the marina, clear underbrush and improve the vistas from this popular walking area.

Walk-2011UncleT.jpgDenny O’Connell then led the group along the shore of Duck Creek to the Trust’s most recent acquisition, a one acre former residential property behind the Mobil Station on Route 6. He spoke about how the Trust is dedicated to preserving land such as this for generations to come. There’s a story elsewhere in this newsletter about the property. We then circled back along the railroad dike to where the former bridge crossed Duck Creek. There local historian and author David Wright talked about the history of the town along Commercial Street and the role the early railroad played in tourism and the commercial shellfish industry of Wellfleet.

Over the past five years we have visited a different area of our town in places that you may not normally visit and always with individuals who could speak with knowledge about the history and significance of the area. The first walk, in 2007, covered Griffin Island, followed in 2008 by an exploration of Bound Brook Island. In 2009 we walked through the National Seashore where Henry David Thoreau walked over 150 years ago with a stop by the Oysterman’s home where he stayed. In 2010, starting at the Fox Island Marsh and Pilgrim Spring Woodlands Conservation Area we walked along the shoreline of Blackfish Creek and Drummer Cove ending at the Pond Hill School in South Wellfleet.

We’re already thinking about the 2012 walk–any suggestions? And please plan to join us next September.

Fourth Annual Walk, Fox Island Marsh/Pilgrim Springs Upland

Nearly 60 walkers took part in the Fourth Annual WCT Walks in Wellfleet on September 11, 2010. The three mile walk started at the Fox Island Marsh/Pilgrim Springs Upland Conservation Area in South Wellfleet, proceeded to Whale Bone Point and then followed a path along Black fish Creek to Pleasant Point and around Drummer Cover to the recently acquired Town owned conservation area and ended at the Pond Hill School. At points along the way there were talks on the history of the area and conservation efforts that have preserved this land for future generations.

Third Annual Walk, Herring Pond

The walk took place with about 40 walkers – fortunately after the rain at 4 am this morning and before the rain at 2 pm this afternoon.  A great day – in addition to the three mile walk, John Portnoy spoke on the geology of the Cape and the origin of the ponds, Jeff Hughes, Wellfleet Herring Warden spoke at Herring Pond on the life cycle of herring and Ginie Page read from Thoreau’s book when he visited the Oysterman’s House on Williams Pond.  A terrific day.  Hope you’ll join us next year.