Historic sites

The Trust for Public Land helps municipalities and other local partners conserve farmland under pressure or directly threatened with development.

TPL has helped protect approximately 290 acres in the Common Pasture in Newbury in a long-term effort to preserve this well-loved and iconic open space.

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; thousands were killed or wounded, and the battle ended with the Confederate soldiers in retreat.

When new technology and economic cutbacks threatened to destroy the oldest continually operating boat building business in the United States in the early 1990s, TPL helped form the Lowell's Boat Shop Trust and transferred the shop to the Custom House Maritime Museum in Newburyport.

In 1995, we helped acquire an historic home at the edge of Walden Woods as a library and research center for the Thoreau Institute, which promotes the writer's work and legacy.

Our work in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley, preserves land important in American history while protecting Appalachian wildlands. It includes protection of the view from Pinnacle Overlook when it was threatened by potential development around Fern Lake, the only source of drinking water for nearby Middlesboro.

TPL was able to help the Swinomish tribe and the state of Washington craft a conservation solution that shared ownership and operating costs, managed the land jointly and regulated visitation. Today Kiket Island is both part of an Indian Reservation and a state park—a national first.

Only four practicing members of the Shaker religion are alive today—all living at the 1,700-acre Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Forest and Farm located 20 miles north of Portland, Maine.

With the assistance of Cleveland businesses and foundations, in 1978 TPL began securing lands for eventual federal ownership. In thirty years, TPL has completed more than twenty acquisitions for the park

The Trust for Public Land is helping to create an infrastructure of parks and protected lands throughout the entire Ohio & Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor.

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