Historic sites

The Trust for Public Land has a long history of saving heritage lands across the country, many of which were sites of historic Civil War battles. During the 150th anniversary of the War Between the... Read more

In late 2008, TPL worked with the Triangle Land Conservancy to purchase Riverwalk, permanently protected a 329-acre property at the juncture of the Neuse River and Marks Creek. This unspoiled rural area which was deemed a "Last Chance Landscape" by Scenic... Read more

In March 2011, TPL protected 17 acres of privately-owned shoreline within the Lapakahi State Historical Park. Threatened with potential development, the inholding includes hundreds of extremely well-preserved pre-contact sites, including a fishing village... Read more

A 60-acre gem located in Lake Vermilion's Wolf Bay, Wolf Island is a place of legend and lore, with historical ties to both Native Americans and Voyageurs. Located in Lake Vermilion's Wolf Bay, the island’s rich history is well-documented by John Jaeger, a... Read more

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