Duxbury, MA

Reported Trespassing & Vandalism (Including Bonfire) at Historic Duxbury Property

Dianna Carney

There have been repeated misuses of the property, including a bonfire, on the historic conservation land.Photo byClayton HolmesonUnsplash

(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.

Eleanor Allen, Radcliffe College, ca. 1920.Photo byDRHS Collection, Drew Archival Collection.

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

There have been repeated misuses of the property, including incidents of trespassing and vandalism.Photo byDuxbury Rural & 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.

28 Crescent Street, the Allen property, is held under a conservation restriction.Photo byGoogleMaps
The Duxbury Rural and Historical Society (DRHS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Duxbury's historical and cultural heritage. In addition to managing several historical buildings, museum objects, and archives, the DRHS also manages various lands, including the Allen Property, which holds significant ecological value. As such, access to the property is restricted to DRHS members from 9 am-6 pm Monday-Friday, with only six cars permitted to park. To learn more, be sure to visit their website at https://duxburyhistory.org/lands/allen-property/

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