Hours: Dawn to Dusk
The Phillips Preserve consists of 68.8 acres of oak and pitch pine forest on the west side of Lake Tashmoo in Tisbury. The property is noted for its hilly glacial topography, and the land slopes down to the shore of Aunt Rhoda’s Pond, a bay connected to Lake Tashmoo. The Phillips Preserve was generously given to Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation by Marjorie Acker Phillips of Washington, D.C. In 1980, Ms. Phillips granted a conservation restriction on the premises to Sheriff’s Meadow, thereby permanently protecting the property from development. In 1985, Ms. Phillips passed away, but left the fee interest in the entire property to Sheriff’s Meadow in her will. Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation is most grateful to Ms. Phillips for such a generous conservation gift.
The public is welcome and invited to enjoy the Phillips Preserve via the Margaret Lindsay Memorial Trail. Margaret Lindsay owned land abutting the land of Sheriff’s Meadow in Tisbury, and the Margaret Lindsay Foundation very generously granted funds to Sheriff’s Meadow in 2005 to establish this public walking path. The path crosses the Phillips Preserve, leading from the Army Road to Aunt Rhoda’s Pond. From Aunt Rhoda’s Pond, the trail loops back across another section of the Preserve, and returns to the vehicle trailhead on Army Road.
From Vineyard Haven, take a right from State Road onto the Lambert’s Cove Road. Take the first right onto Northern Pines Road. Follow Northern Pines Road past the Thompson Farm, and then take a left onto Army Road (watch for Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation signs). The trailhead parking can be found a short distance ahead, on the left. To exit from the trailhead, take a left onto Army Road, and then take a left onto the Road to Chappaquonsett, which will lead you to Northern Pines Road. Both Army Road and the Road to Chappaquonsett are one-way.