Welcome to the ’Sconset Trust


Celebrating 33 Years of Conservation & Preservation

The ’Sconset Trust preserves the unique character of the east end of Nantucket Island in Massachusetts through conservation of areas of open land and preservation of structures of historical and architectural significance in ’Sconset. The Trust works with the entire island community and collaborates with conservation and historic preservation groups to achieve its goals.

In Ruddick Commons

An essay about daily walks in Ruddick Commons by writer and ’Sconset summer resident Jane Keating. In Ruddick Commons(PDF)

Sankaty Lighthouse in April after Historic MoveA Legacy of Conservation

For over 30 years the ’Sconset Trust has been dedicated to protecting open space and keeping it forever wild. Since 1984, through gifts and purchases, the Trust has acquired over 130 acres of land. Today the large 190-acre LORAN property on Low Beach faces the threat of high-density development. The Trust and its members are committed to helping protect this property and others in the western greenbelt of the village. In 2012, the Trust purchased the 45-acre Coffin estate tract of land at the entrance to the village on Milestone Road; now known as Ruddick Commons, it is part of 59 contiguous acres of open land featuring public walking trails.


The ’Sconset Trust currently holds two Historic Preservation Easements: Atlantic House on Main Street and the Siasconset Union Chapel on New Street. By creating a preservation easement, a property owner can protect the property’s character for future generations. A preservation easement is the best tool to ensure the long-term integrity of a building as well as its place in the community.