Historic sites

The Trust for Public Land helps municipalities and other local partners conserve farmland under pressure or directly threatened with development. TPL has successfully saved dairy farms, hayfields, and agricultural fields from the “Quiet Corner” in the... Read more

Since Colonial times, an expanse of land known as the Common Pasture, in Newbury and Newburyport has been continuously used for farming and pasturing livestock. In recent time, the legacy of this historic landscape, and the drinking water supply and... Read more

In May, 1864, Confederate troops under General Joseph E. Johnson dug fortifications into rolling hills in Resaca, Georgia, attempting to stall the Union Major General William T. Sherman's advance on Atlanta.  More than 150,000 soldiers fought for two days... Read more

The oldest continually operating boat building business in the United States, Lowell's Boat Shop, in Amesbury, was founded in 1793. When new technology and economic cutbacks threatened to destroy the business in the early 1990s, TPL helped form the Lowell'... Read more

Walden, or Life in the Woods, Henry David Thoreau's account of his two years at Walden Pond, became the classic American statement on the powers of straight thinking, simple living, independence, and wild retreat. While Walden Pond has long been... Read more

In 1775, frontiersman Daniel Boone widened a Native American path through a natural break in the central Appalachian Mountains known as Cumberland Gap. As many as 300,000 settlers journeyed westward through the gap to the new frontiers of Kentucky and the... Read more

In 2010, TPL managed the acquisition of 84-acre Kiket Island, a privately owned island just east of La Conner that almost became a nuclear power plant in the 1970s.  For nearly three decades, the land remained almost untouched by the next buyer who built... Read more

In 1850, 5,000 members of the Shaker religion lived in communal villages from Maine to Ohio. Today, only four practicing Shakers are alive—all living at the 1,700-acre Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Forest and Farm located 20 miles north of Portland,... Read more

The 90-acre Gateway Property contains the longest natural stretch of the Cuyahoga River within the boundaries of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, providing important wildlife habitat and resource protection. The Gateway Property is located in Akron at... Read more

Erie Canal—historic link
In 1832 the Ohio & Erie Canal established a transportation link between Lake Erie and the Ohio River. This new route transformed Ohio into an economic powerhouse, as Cleveland and Akron became worldwide... Read more