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Wickets Island
Wickets Island and beach, Onset Bay, Mass (70385).jpg
Postcard view c. 1940s
Wickets Island is located in Massachusetts
Wickets Island
Wickets Island
Geography
Coordinates 41°44′14″N 70°39′13″W / 41.7373271°N 70.6536437°W / 41.7373271; -70.6536437
WICKETS ISLAND Latitude and Longitude:

41°44′14″N 70°39′13″W / 41.7373271°N 70.6536437°W / 41.7373271; -70.6536437
Area0.0071875 sq mi (0.018616 km2)
Length0.1 mi (0.2 km)
Highest elevation40 ft (12 m)
Administration
State Massachusetts
Municipality Wareham

Wickets Island is a 4.6 acres (1.9 ha) island located in Onset Harbor in Wareham, Massachusetts. [1] It is located 1,100 feet (340 m) from shore.

History

The island is named for Jabez Wicket, the Wampanoag who is said to have lived there in the late 18th century. The island was created during the end of the last glacial period and is a deposit of glacial moraine made up of coarse sand and soil that is a good producer of plant life, but unsuitable for agriculture. [1] A house occupied Wickets Island from the 19th century until it burned down in 1981. [2]

In 2003, a developer purchased the island with plans to build a luxury home there. [3] The Buzzards Bay Coalition purchased Wickets Island in 2016 as part of the developing Onset Bay Center, an on-the-water exploration center. [4] The island is now permanently conserved and is being restored for public use for boating, paddling, quahogging, swimming, and beach exploration. [5]

References

  1. ^ a b Wicket's Island Onset, MA
  2. ^ Prial, Dunstan (2005-05-11). "Conservation concerns about island to be aired". The Standard-Times. p. A9. The island formerly was a summer retreat for a family from Connecticut, but the house was never rebuilt after the fire.
  3. ^ Moore, Mary (2007-02-02). "Water everywhere -- and a mansion in the middle. Currently for sale". Boston Business Journal.
  4. ^ "Buzzards Bay Coalition President details plans for Wickets Island, outdoor education center". Wareham. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  5. ^ "With restoration beginning this year, Wickets Island will become centerpiece of outdoor recreation on Onset Bay | Buzzards Bay Coalition". www.savebuzzardsbay.org. Retrieved 2018-09-10.

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