Bill Kirkpatrick tours the Johannis Farm in Sowams

(Above) Barrington Conservation Land Trust volunteer Bill Kirkpatrick led an hour-long tour of the 32-acre Johannis Farm property in Barrington and Swansea on October 28, 2020. The area was part of Sowams, the homeland of the Pokanoket Tribe who occupied the area for over 10,000 years and who continue to act as guardians of their ancestral land.

Click here for a 14-minute video of the tour.

 

Containing woodland, marsh, ponds, creeks and agricultural field, the property is preserved for management and agricultural use only, and public access is only allowed on guided walks conducted several times a year.

 

The property was purchased for $650,000 in 1990 through Rhode Island Open Space Bonds , Barrington Open Space Bonds, and by funds from the Barrington Land Conservation Trust for the establishment of a farm and wildlife preserve in perpetuity to assure that the premises will be retained forever in its open, natural, scenic, agricultural, ecological or educational condition and to prevent any use of the premises that will significantly impair or interfere with the conservation values of the premises.

 

(Above, left) An osprey’s nest can be seen on the trees in the distance (click on the photo for a larger view).

Click here for a 14-minute video of the tour by Bill Kirkpatrick.