There used to be five or six active mills of various sorts along the Mill Brook that runs from from it’s headwaters in the hills of Chilmark, along the North Road, then under State Road and along to the Swan Pond by the West Tisbury Police Station. From there it flows free to Tisbury Great Pond and the sea. At each mill there was a dam and a small pond, like the one the Land Bank acquired at the bottom of North Road in 1990.
From the Land Bank’s Description: Special features are the sunsets over the water and the spillway at the dam. Also frequently seen: roosting osprey and belted kingfishers, plus sunning painted turtles. In the autumn the pond reflects the crimson leaves of the surrounding beetlebung trees, creating a memorable view.
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