Historic sites

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

At the request of local citizen groups and community leaders, The Trust for Public Land acquired the property, demolished the vacant arena, and transferred ownership to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Through nearly two dozen transactions, The Trust for Public Land reassembled the original farm property, worked with the Weir Farm Trust and the state to permanently protect it.

When Harold and Doris Sabo approached retirement, they decided to sell their 2,500-acre Clearwater County farm bordering the Red Lake Chippewa Reservation in northern Minnesota.