(DUXBURY, MA) On the morning of Thursday, May 25, 2023, the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society (DRHS) issued a community notice via their social media page regarding their property at 28 Crescent Street, Standish Shore Beach, otherwise known as the Allen property.
This property, consisting of 13 acres of land and a house, was formerly part of a larger estate that the Allen family summered on for three generations. At one point, a family member had even planned a rail spur and hotel, neither of which were built. In 1980, the property was donated to the DRHS by Eleanor Wyllys Allen.
The Allen property, which is held under a conservation restriction, is intended to protect the fragile wildlife and natural resources of the area. Unfortunately, the DRHS has experienced repeated misuse of the property, including incidents of trespassing and vandalism.
"These regulations, and the need to state them publicly, are the result of repeated misuse of the property. Already this season, we have had incidents of trespassing and vandalism." - Duxbury Rural and Historical Society
One particularly concerning incident involved an after-dark bonfire that was left unattended on a night when a Red Flag Warning had been issued indicating high fire risk. A Red Flag Warning is issued when the weather conditions are expected to produce an increased risk of fire danger. These conditions typically include warm temperatures, very low humidities, and stronger winds, making this incident extremely dangerous.
"The issues we’ve faced threaten public safety, stretch our resources as a small organization, and challenge the priority of conserving this property," explains the community notice.
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