The Land Bank purchased 20 acres of the Peter Folger Homestead from the owners of Sea Pony Farm in 2016 and an adjacent parking area from the Nantucket Historical Association in 2021. This property is unique in that it connects Wannacomet Road and Crooked Lane through winding trails that cross over wetlands via an extensive boardwalk system. The land was historically the homestead of Peter Folger, who landed on Nantucket in 1662 and served the community as a teacher, interpreter, blacksmith, weaver, miller, surveyor, and clerk of the town and court. He and his wife Mary had nine children, including Abiah Folger Franklin, Benjamin Franklin’s mother. Visitors will notice two monuments which pay tribute to the rich heritage left by Folger and his heirs – the Folger-Franklin Memorial boulder and bench at 3 Wannacomet Road, and the Abiah Folger Franklin Fountain and boulder off Madaket Road.
3 Wannacomet Road
From Town, drive west on Madaket Road and turn right onto Wannacomet Road. The parking area is the second right-hand turn. Pedestrians may also access the property at the corner of West Chester Street Extension and Crooked Lane.
Land Bank trails are marked by the post shown here.