Gray’s Mill Pond, Surrounding Habitat Protected

By ecoRI News staff

Egrets at dusk at Gray’s Mill Pond in the village Adamsville. (Abigail Brooks)

Egrets at dusk at Gray’s Mill Pond in the village Adamsville. (Abigail Brooks)

LITTLE COMPTON, R.I. — The Sakonnet Preservation Association has accepted the permanent responsibility of protecting an iconic landscape, as it now holds the deed to more than 11 acres that include most of Gray’s Mill Pond in the village of Adamsville, given by the generous Ralph and Calla Guild, with the cooperation and support of their children.

“In March of 2016, Sakonnet Preservation was approached by the Westport Land Conservation Trust to explore our interest in accepting a donation of this pond and forested acreage at the gateway to Adamsville,” Sakonnet Preservation Association president Abigail Brooks said. “There was no doubt in our minds that permanent protection of such a significant scenic, historic and habitat-rich property fits perfectly with Sakonnet Preservation’s mission.”

The Guilds invested in the land and buildings in Adamsville in an attempt to ensure that this part of Little Compton retained its historic value, uses and beauty. By buying the land, buildings and pond as they came up for sale, and restoring and maintaining them for the past 40 years, the Guilds succeeded in accomplishing their goal.

In addition to protecting a historic property that includes rich habitat and watershed value, the acreage donated by the Guilds abuts more than 80 acres of the St. Vincent de Paul property, now under agreement for purchase by the Westport Land Conservation Trust and the town of Westport, Mass.

Additionally, the Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust owns nearly 20 acres just to the north that also abuts the St. Vincent de Paul property. These contiguous properties comprise nearly 115 acres that will be permanently protected and managed for conservation and recreational use.