On December 13, 2007, the Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust purchased, in fee simple, 49.0 acres of land from Ms. Georgie Bodington. The property is located on Simmons Road. Ms. Bodington conveyed this property along with development rights to portions of Plat 30, Lot 3-5, via a Quit Claim Deed and Conservation Restrictions instrument.
Plat 30, Lot 3-5 is comprised of 16.8 acres of land. The Conservation Restrictions protects 10.5 acres of this 16.8 acre property. The Deed indicates that the protected acreage is located in two separate areas of the property. The first area is located in the western area of the property and is entitled the “Western Conservation Area”. The Western Conservation area consists of 8.5 acres of property, protected by the Conservation Restrictions. The second area is located in the eastern area of the property and is entitled the “Eastern Conservation Area”. The Eastern Conservation Area consists 2.003 acres of property, protected by the Conservation Restrictions.
A baseline documentation report was completed on this property in May 2021. The report outlines the historical uses and current uses of the property (see below). The entire report is available on this website.
Prior Land Uses: In the earliest available aerial imagery from 1939, the interior of the Premises are dense forested swamp with the outer parts thinly forested and overgrown pasture. Several trails are visible snaking into the Premises from east to west, with one trail appearing to transect the heart of the swamp. A clearing is visible at the north end of the Premises, just south of the dyke built for the pond on the neighboring Plat 30, Lot 3-5 Premises. In the subsequent decades, the Premises continued to re-wild into the mature hardwood forest and forested swamp it is today.
Current Land Use: There is no current human activity on the Premises aside from some possible hunting in the eastern upland forest. There is no planned public access, though there are some signs along the trail that transvers the eastern slope of the Premises offering guidance for neighbors travelling along the trails.