On December 29, 2011, the Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust purchased a Conservation Easement from the Jane P. Cabot Declaration of Trust, Jane P. Cabot, Trustee. Plat 3, Lot 2-1 is located on West Main Road. The property consists of forty-one and thirty-one hundredths (41.31) acres of land. The Conservation Easement protects twenty-three and fifty-seven hundredths (23.57) acres of the forty-one and thirty-one hundredths (41.31) acres. White Rock Farm is an actively farmed, by Nelson P. Cabot (Rusty Cabot).
Funding for the preservation of the property was sought and obtained from various preservation avenues. The Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust partnered with the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resource Conservation Service (USDA NRCS) in the preservation of this property. Additional funds, for the purchase, were awarded via a grant from the R.I Department of Environmental Management through the R.I. Natural Heritage Preservation Commission.
A Baseline Documentation Report was completed on the property, in May 2016. The report outlines the history of the property, as well as land uses (see below). The entire report is available on this website.
Prior Land Uses: The Protected Property has a long agricultural history. Historic aerial photos dating back to 1939 show the Protected Property in a similar open and agricultural state as today. The two ponds on the Protected Property appear to have been constructed sometime between 1962 and 1972.
Current Land Uses: Today, the protected property is part of White Rock Farm, a farm raising all natural grass fed beef managed by Rusty Cabot. The entire eastern parcel of the Protected Property is open pasture. The majority of the western parcel is managed hayfield, with maritime bluff, rocky ledge, cobble and sandy beach immediately along the shore of the Sakonnet River.