To help protect vital natural habitats on the east end of Nantucket, as well as to maintain the character of the historic village of Siasconset, the ’Sconset Trust acquires and maintains parcels of open land. Since our origins in 1984, the Trust has acquired more than 131 acres within and around the village. Our best-known properties, Sankaty Head Lighthouse and Ruddick Commons, now welcome thousands of visitors annually who are drawn to the rich history and natural beauty of ’Sconset. Many smaller properties, scattered around the area, help to protect against overdevelopment.
These parcels, of all sizes, feature native plants and coastal habitats, some of them increasingly rare, that host a unique variety of avian, animal, and insect species, as well as opportunities to observe the ways in which non-native plant species, many of them introduced by nineteenth-century settlers, have adapted to the sandy terrain and windy, salty climate of eastern Nantucket Island.